The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, March 08, 1912, Page 11, Image 11

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MARCH 8. 181J
The Commoner.
Oklahoma's Splendid Platform
Following are the sections of the
Oklahoma democratic platform re
lating to national issues, adopted by
the state convention held February
22-23, 1012, at Oklahoma City:
This convention, called and held in
advance of the announcement and
nomination of candidates for state
and county offices, for the exclusive
and express purpose of electing dele
gates to the democratic national con
vention, to be held in Baltimore on
June 25, 1912; for the purpose "of
instructing them for Oklahoma de
mocracy's choice for president and
vice president; for nominating party
candidates for presidential electors;
for formulating party platform
policies upon federal questions.
Therefore, we, the democracy of
Oklahoma, regard it both inexped
ient and unwise to mix such issues
with state questions (except as here
inafter referred to), as well as an
intrusion upon the province of the
county and state conventions, which
must be held next August.
Declaring, therefore, our position
upon federal issues;
Be it resolved, by the democracy
of Oklahoma, in convention as
sembled this the 22nd day of Febru
ary, 1912, that we renew our faith in
and pledge our support of, the time
honored principles of the democratic
party, as expressed in platforms and
taught by its leaders from Jefferson
to Bryan, as well as those expressed
in the Denver platform of 1908. Wc
commend all the democratic mem
bers of both houses of congress in
their faithful and steadfast purpose
to carry out the party pledges; and
we denounce as false the pledges of
the republican party to destroy the
trusts and to reduce the tariff to d
competitive one and to fix schedules
"equal the difference between the
cost of manufacture at home and
abroad;" we view as hopeful signs of
a revival of patriotism among the
people, as well as a growing popular
appreciation of public service when
they rebuked the "stand-pat" repub
lican organization now in control of
the republic, at the congressional
election in 1910 by retiring the
Joe Cannon-interest-serving-machino
with an overwhelming democratic
majority of the house of representa
tives. "We pledge to square with
performance all our promises if the
people will entrust to our hands all
branches of the federal government
during the next four years.
To the old cry of "stand-pat" re
publicanism that a "panic will come
upon the country in the event of
democratic success in the presiden
tial election," we reply: "We are
fully aware of the power of the in
terests in control, as they are, of the
fiscal agencies of the government,
dictating, as they do,- the financial
issues of trade, and held in their iron
grasp the national power to expand
or contract the currency of commerce
in a word, they have formed a
money oligarchy in this republic as
appalling as it is powerful and all
this by the aid of the republican
party during the past sixteen years
democratic statesmanship appre
ciates the power and comprehends
the remedy now as thoroughly as it
did when this same power ruled, and
through Nicholas Biddle told Presi
dent Andrew Jackson that they had
the "power to make and unmake
governors and congressmen, sena
tors and presidents; to bring panics
or prosperity to the people; weal
or woo to the republic." The demo
cratic party then through the
lead of "Old Hickory" destroyed
this power. The same power
through Morgan, Morton, et al.,
told Roosevelt the same in 1907:
Roosevelt, lacking the courage of
"Old Hickory" and deficient of devo
tion to the cause of the great masses !
of humanity, gave them now favors
and extended their privileges. Did
democratic statesmanship not ap
preciate this appalling threat and
realize their power to produco a
panic, it would bo unworthy to bo
ntrusted the control of tho govern
ment. Our reply will be: "We
know their power to precipitato a
panic, but we shall cure it before it
oomes, and destroy the power behind
it forever, and render impossible the
recurrence of this evil in our na
tional life."
With tho destruction of the money
and banking trust we would destroy
all other trusts and combinations in
restraint of trade and transportation
(1) by reducing the tariff to a
revenue basis; (2) by enlarging the
powers of the inter-state commerce
commission to fix and maintain uni
form and just rates of passenger and
freight tariffs; (3) by abolishing the
commerce court created by tho re
publican party to hinder the just and
honest control of inter-state com
merce; and (4) by prohibiting gam
bling in futures, on stock exchanges,
In the products of the farmer.
We would fix more definite the
"twilight zone" between state and
federal control of transportation and
transmission companies by the pas
sage of an act of congress prohibit
ing the issuance of writs of injunc
tion or mandamus by any inferior
federal judge against the enforce
ment of state laws or the exercise of
any duty under state laws by any
nfllcer, and further prohibiting the
oxercise of jurisdiction by all federal
inferior courts of all controversies
wherein a state or state officer is a
narty or the enforcement of a state
law is involved, providing for tho
trial upon their merits of all causes
under a state law exclusively in the
at.ate courts with appellate jurisdic
tion to' the supreme court of the
state; and, thence to the supreme
"ourt of the United States upon ques
tions of constitutionality only, as
contemplated by -the constitution of
Hie United States and as provided by
the act organizing the judiciary of
1797. Life tenure of public office Is
born of despotic and irresponsive
power; we, therefore, favpr selecting
federal judges for a reasonable term
of years.
We demand a more-economical ad
ministration of federal affairs.
We demand the abolishment of
useless offices and officers, and con-l
demn the extravagance of the re
publican party.
We condemn the republican con
gress for depriving Oklahoma of her
just share of the money appropriated
for irrigation purposes.
We condemn the lax enforcement
of the immigration laws by the re
publican party and demand that they
be amended so as to keep out all un
desirable foreigners in the interest of
American labor and democratic institutions.
We are opposed to the Aldrich
plan of banking reserve.
The ..democratic party is a party
of progress and stands for progres
sive measures as. applied to the
settlement and well being of our
progressive economic development. Tt
stands for the election of United
States senators by a direct vote of
the people; for an income tax amend
ment, for sanitary and wholesome
laws governing labor, and for the
initiative and referendum. Its pro
gressive Ideas and policies of the past
enabled it to reap the victory of
1910. Tt can not afford to retreat
now. Tt must nominate progressive
porifUdates for president, congress
men, and all offices having to do with
these measures. We, therefore, in
struct our .delegates to the Balti
more convention to vote against any
candidate who is opposed to the ini
tiative and referendum or any of the
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ministrative officers in tlieir direction
of state affairs.
Resolved, That the democratic
party is in favor of a presidential
preference primary law and the legiR
laturo is hereby pledged to the pass
age of tho same before tho presiden
tial election of 1912.
By comparing the Oklahoma
democratic state plaform with the
democratic platform adopted by
Johnston county, Oklahoma, a few
days, before, it will be seen that Hon.
William H. Murray (Alfalfa Bill) in
spired the greater part of the splen
did state platform adopted by Okla
homa democrats.
The Oklahoma delegates to the
democratic national convention are
given by the Oklahoma News as fol
lows: Clark men: R. L. Williams,
Scott Ferris, Fred P. Branson,
Howard Webber, Henry S. Johnson,
George W. Bellamy, B. S. Mitchell.
These are to cast five votes, and
the following delegates to cast five
votes, from congressional districts
were named as Clark men:
Roy Hoffman, from" First district;
W. H. Wilcox, from second; L. T.
Sammons, from Third; P. B. Cole,
from Fourth; E. K. Thurmond, from
These delegates were -instructed
to vote on all questions as-.a.-.imit;
and authorized to fill any vacancy on
said delegation, with tho following
alternates: '
W. A. Collier, at large; W. N.
Maben, at large; A. G. C. Bierer, at
The following district alternates
to the Clark list were named:
J. J. Beale, First district; W. M.
McCook, special; J. W. Sullins,
Third; John Ellard, Fourth; E. D.
Glasco, Fifth.
Tho following electors were se
lected: At largo: Thomas G. Harrell,
Joseph W. Foster, J. D. Scott, H. H.
Brennan, J. W. Bolen. ,
From districts: Davis Ratner,
First; R. A. Beard, Second; S. H.
Mayes, Third; J. C. Thompson,
Fourth; J. M. Williams, Fifth.
The following ten were named as
delegates at large as Wilson men, to
cast five votes:
o; J. Fleming, E. J. Giddings, W.
W. Hastings, W. M. Murray, T. P.
Goro, George L. Bowman, B. D. Hite,
T. H. Owen, E. P. Hill, S. C. Bur
nette. The following five Wilson dele
gates were named to cast five votes
from districts:
T. S. Chambers, with J. S. Kelly
as alternate, First d'istriat; J. J..
Carney, with Judge Cornell as alter
nate; S. V. O'Hare, with G. H. Davis,
as alternate; T. W. Hunter, with E.
T. Crittenden as alternate; T. L.
Wilde, with, A. D. Burch as alternate.
. . The .(lamocratic -central committee
iwasxautliorlzed .to:iill -any vacancies;
of our people ,and the common good
ti mrii intj"m-fli"'
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