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The Commoner
APRIL, 1916-
The Roosevelt Program
Following is special "Washington
corrcspondenco o the Kansas City
Washington, March 28. Con
Tinced that it is his first duty to his
country, as ho now sees it, to use all
his influence in the coming campaign
to encompass the defeat of President
Wilson and the present administra
tion which he believes has not re
flected the true spirit of the Amer
ican people and has suffered humil
iation and loss of national honor,
Without qualification by both stand
patters and progressive republicans
alike. It has put a finishing touch
to the flattening-out process which
the "favorite son" boomlets have
been going through the last three
weeks since the "revival" of the
Hughes movement again became so
This feeling has been further
heightened by tho knowledge hero
that Colonel Roosevelt in his confer
ence with Charles Bird of Massachu
setts and other delegates who were
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both at home and abroad, 'ineouore runninir as out-and-out Roosevelt
Roosevelt will permit no factional delegates, set his foot down omnhat-
fights to be made in his behalf for
delegates or give encouragement to
any strife in the opposition to the
democratic administration.
In taking this stand, Colonel
Roosevelt assumes that the repub-.
lican party, at Chicago, will not
adopt any "tweedle-dum tweedle
dee" platform, but will adopt resolu
tions covering the' question of for
eign relations that will appeal to tho
true American spirit.
Expects Progressive Planks
He also assumes that the platform
will take a progressive and essen
tially forward looking stand on na
tional economic conditions, sucn as
he believes will point to greater na
tional efficiency that will meet mod
ern and new conditions brought
about by the world war in a modern
' spirit of progressivefsm and Amer
icanism. He also assumes that the candi
date chosen at Chicago will truly re
flect the platform and spirit of its
declaration. He will not permit, di
rectly or indirectly, any fight to be
made, in, his Ijehalfor. delegates, If
the nomination is tendered him by
the convention, .that will be a matter
to pass upon then not before.
He Won't Stand lor Machine Work
Colonel Roosevelt will not coun
tenance for a minute any juggling or
political manipulation, such as
brought the 1912 convention at Chi
cago upon the rocks of discord and
ruin. If an attempt is made to
straddle the vital Jssues before the
country on a "milk, and water" plat
form in a delusive. h,ope of catching
votes all bets will be off. The "big
stick" will be out and there will be
a fight every bit as warm as in 1912.
This outline of the position of
Colonel Roosevelt has been accepted
here without . qualification by repub
licans representing both the conserv
ative and radical wings of the party.
It is an understanding reached, it
was stated today, as a result of con
ferences, supplemented by letters,
telegrams and long distance tele
phone conversations that have been
going on since the return of the col
onel to this country last week. Par
ticipating in these conferences, di
rectly as well as indirectly, were rep
resentatives of the "Old Guard" ele
ment in the republican party, that
fought Roosevelt to the last ditch in
1912, as well as progressive repub
licans who stood .with Roosevelt four
years ago. As a result of these con
ferences muph, progress has been
made in straightening out the tangled
republican situation.
A Jolt for Favorite Sons
Colonel Roosevelt's views may
have been misunderstood by the re
publican leaders here, who have been
in touch with him. . Such a construc
tion on his ppsitibn may have been
circulated here by republicans more
interested in bringing about harmony
'at Chicago than In correctly stating;
the position of,,, the Oyster Bay
'statesman. Bui tins' much is ahso-j
lately certain that' view of the col
onel's position is, as stated, accepted
ically upon any factional fight being
made, directly or indirectly for him
here in Massachusetts or any other
He's Friendly to Hughes
Developments in tho situation since
Colonel Roosevelt's return, as stated
by a progressive, republican and
friend of Colonel Roosevelt and as a
standpat republican leader agreed
correctly represented the situation
1. The movement on behalf of
Justice Charles E. Hughes for tho
republican nomination will be
pushed. It is stated Roosevelt is not
opposed, but friendly to it.
2. Agreement among certain re
publican leaders that only "death or
or unequivocal statement from Jus
tice Hughes he will not accept tne
nomination if tendered him," is to
stop the Hughes campaign. That
was determined even before Colonel
Roosevelt's homecoming. All re
straint to be taken from Hughes'
campaign with tho further under
standing that Hughes, if it becomes
necessary, will be accepted on faith,
thereby getting around any require
ment of an advance public statement
from Hughes as to his position on
international questions.
3. Should Justice Hughes defin
itely eliminate himself from tho equa
tion by a statement of the kind
above outlined, the Hughes support
would go to Roosevelt. Under the
circumstances, if party leaders here
correctly reflect the sentiment of the
rank and file. Roosevelt would fall
heir to 90 per cent of the Hughes
strength, more than enough, it is
estimated, to give him the nomina
tion. 4. The progressive party conven
tion, to be held coincident with the
republican, will be a "club" on the
republican convention if there is any
"political juggling attempted."
"5. Agreement on all sides that
the general campaign will be fought
out almost entirely on the question
of foreign relations and preparedness
preparedness for peace as well as
for war.
Two men, and only two men, can
disarrange these well laid plans of
the republican leaders. They are
'Hughes and Boosevelt themselves,
and it is admitted that Roosevelt is
the biggest factor in the situation.
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tho United States. Much that th
World can say, the President can" not,
with propriety say.
Tho World agrees with tho Pros
Though it speaks in polished
phraseology and in a manifest spirit
of kindness and courtesy, the New
York World makes a serious criti
cism of President Wilson that we be
lieved it intended, when it charges
him with being "a too reticent Pres
ident." Too much reticence amounts
to pretty nearly the same thing as
weakness. President Wilson is not
a weak, but a strong character, not
a weak, but a strong statesman.
The World should remember the
difference between tho position of a
great newspaper like Itself and that
of tho President, with the executive
responsibilties of the government on
his shoulders. The World's, respon
sibilities are those which it owes to
its great constituency of readers. In
the official sense It has no responsi
bilities. But the official responsibil
ities of the President of the United
States are the most immense that are
possible for any American. So there
is and must be a vast and vital dif
ference between the attitude toward
the public, of a newspaper like the
World, and that of the President of Farmer.
likewise la a firm believer in tho
preparedness program. But when
tho World calls Mr. Bryan a doma
goguc becauso ho docs not believe in
tho preparcdncHB program, tho World
is guilty of tho gravest kind of an
If the Times did not believe In tho
administration's plan for increase fn
tho nnny and navy, the Times would
have a perfect right to say so. Mr.
Bryan has an entire right frunkly to
express his opinion on what he be
lieves means an unnecessary increaso
of taxation in paying for the proposed
army and navy establishment. Many
citizens feel as Mr. Bryan docs about
that and becauso tho Times believes
that tho army and navy proposition
of the administration is abundantly
justified by tho circumstances is no
reason why the Times should seek
to muzzle the candid expression of
an opposite opinion by others and tho
Times would never do so. Neither
should tho World.
Open canvassing of big questions
is an essential of American institu
tions and American freedom of
speech. Unless public opinion tells
what it thinks, how is tho President,
or any other man in office to know
what public opinion is?
Tho World's charge of too much
reticence that is, weakness against
tho President, must fall to tho
ground. So must its accusation of
demagoguory against Mr. Bryan. Both
these i minent democrats and states
men, tho Presider. in insisting on tho
preparedness program Mr. Bryan
in debating it from tho opposite
standpoint are wholly within their
rights. Buffalo Times.
Who will pay the 1,000 million
dollars a year tax burden tho mili
tary fanatics and the war plunder
bund would fasten on tho country?
Who will have to dig up tho billion-a-year
assessment the poworful arm
ament lobby is trying to levy on tho
nation? Who, if it is successful .in
putting this across will not scruple to
bring about war itself to keep this
tribute flowing into its coffers? Who
then will bo expected, or ordered, to
march by thousands to certain
slaughter to defend a country delib
erately led into war? These ques
tions are going to be answered, either
for you or by you, in a few days or
weeks or years at Washington.
Which do you prefer? Oklahoma
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