The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, November 01, 1916, Page 2, Image 2
rw The Commoner "VOL. 16, No. 11 l'1 MP (tv - X IV Hfec ft r 3m -& V- ' Democracy's Greatest Need Democracy's greatest need today is publicity. Tho republicans hav6 an enormous advantage In tho number and circulation of their papers es pecially In tho larger states. They can not only present their own side but they can misrepre sent tho democratic position. Our party must havo an overwhelming majority of tho people on . its sido to win against such odds, Thero is no hope .of overcoming this handicap except by government action. The largo daily is a big business proposition, and those who are rich enough to own such papers are, as a rule, moro or less Intimatoly connected with favor . seeking corporations and they aro by class con sciousness drawn to the support of the repub lican ticket. In tho December, 1915, issue of 'Tho Com moner attention was called to this need in tho following editorial: "For a long time the government has been . publishing a Congressional Record which gives a . complete review of the action of the senate and house, together wlh a full report of the speeches made. A number of the departments also send . out bulletins covering the!r special work, but tho time has come for the government to enlarge its activities in this direction. The Congressional Record is limited in circulation and too bulky for tho average reader; and the department bul letins only cover a part of the government work. . Tho public welfare demands the publication of a digest of the government's work in the form of a bulletin, published weekly, or at such other Intervals as may be found best, and sent free to all postmasters, state, county and city executives, libraries, collegos, high schools, newspapers, pe riodicals, and other public centers of informa- tlon. It should also be furnished at cost to such individuals as may desire to subscribe for it, as tho Congressional Record now is. "Such a bulletin, under the control of a bi partisan (not non-partisan) board, giving the departments of tooimp1: important speeches delivered, and furnishing voters with tho information necessary to nSS nnttmiguut auagmum J; ? "L.J? lmf s He servants, would be of incalculable valued "Without attempting to go into detail it-l? suggested that a board t . uy xne majority , ,uC avimie ana house, ucttnjr iointlv nrt one by the minority party in the seSSf ' and Whe,MCtlng j0intly' would Sive assurance that crS des .7 Uld be prepGrl represented fn the control of Uie paper. S2 X int Paper and what should be left to the discretion of the managing board of "ae V?5 ?an, Plele a certain amount of space should bo left for editorial comment, niiUiS Space .should b0 divide among the parties represented in congress in proportion to SSiX8 st,rensth in "Wa. 5E Cu w e reade? of tUe bulien to know not only what was being done, but why it was beinr done. and at the same time fcare the benefit ot . tho views of the opposition. Such a bulleUn would be an authentic source of information and the voters of the country would find in it the best arguments from the highest source, on each side cl?lCl diSPUt,Gd nati0nal question- The demc! cratic theory of government is that the neoni THINK FOR THEMSELVES and select rep?e! Thni8a UVCtLt0nSiVe "T"881011 to public opinio! This Is the theory of our government, but the XfSli11?? ? ,imposs,ible at present to secure tmi tb,e,lnfratlon t0 wuich they are en titled. The local press has not the space, neces sary to furnish the information needed, and the Metropolitan press is not always disposed to furnish impartially the matters necessary for tht formation of an intelligent judgment. - !TM democratic congress could render no greater or: more lasting service to the country taan to establish such a bulletin as is above out lined. Once established it would remain for no party would daro to withdraw from the people tho advantage of such a publication. "It would not interfere with any legitimate newspaper enterprise; on tho contrary, it would givo to the press of tho country what every ed itor ought to desire, namely, an unimpeachable source of information, a reservoir from which, to draw facts that can not be controverted and ar guments worthy to be considered." If any one has a better plan The Comoner will gladly support it but something ought to be done, and done at once. If governments are to derive their powers from the censent of the governed, it is of the first importance that con sent shall be intelligently given, and how can a voter act intelligently unless he hears.. both sides? . A bulletin published monthly except during campaigns, and then for two or three months published weekly, would be tremendously help ful to the citizen. The cost would not be' great, and what expenditure would be more easily de fended? Such a government publication, setting forth the important issues with editorial com ment from all viewpoints, and going into the home of every voter would do more to insure deliberate and intelligent action on the part of tho electorate than any other means yet pro posed. The Commoner earnestly brings to the at tention of democratic senators and representa tives this very imperative need. W. J. BRYAN. MR. ROOSEVELT'S SHARE The democrats would be ungrateful if they did not acknowledge with appreciation the in dispensable service rendered to the President in the recent campaign. Had the Colonel gone to Chicago and put into ACTS his professed belief that the "country must be saved from "Wilson," the result might have been different. But to do that would have required him to lay aside his own ambition an Impossible sacrifice. His second mistake was to put the republican candidate in the attitude of favoring war with Mexico and war with Germany. Every speech he made alarmed the public and Mr. Hughes could not protect himself from such speeches. uc utfes not add any The resultu'e cap of Col. George Harvey, the cerebri"1 Procter. Mr. Harvoy announced tietonft. K- -?1" iu. nughes would be the f'Jf Sae the precise nuber of votes which each contestant would win which w considerably different from the finals inTnIt ng the prediction it was stated that ihe coCel had been remarkably successful in the nast Vhl colonel made the mistake this year however o? making his prediction before the 'elcTion was THE PRIZE CARTOON carTtSonCtomtmnerWards the prize to the .beef ta Bird if aUthr f "Listen to the Knock- weVcar'ied out" Mea and 7 THE PAST SECURE ! With- a democratic President f. . more and a senato for i or four years Past is secure The refomf f Ieast' the vill have time to ? n w 2"?, aJready' secured and Ume J aU Mec 6 Tnev W unrepeatable when fairly S hGy WU1 be yfSfF the annals. The Trenublio ?? Umons in Political on the machine for most oT7w id fr"4 p" umphs. ost of t11 Political tri- to'ewSu "W t comes man is jus! ma ?d S ,Ca? Tlational chair before the prtlTwf-eleon over as CAMPAIGN COMMENT From The Nebraska State Journal, Nov. 13 Some ot the eastern newspapers havo J amazed over the trail of victory for PreiE Wilson that followed Mr. Bryan's caS tour. They find that he delivered speeS ft nineteen states, including Pennsylvania tm he merely touched to oblige a friend who' wan 2 help in a congressional fight. All of these nC teen states with the exception of such rock-rC republican strongholds as Iowa, Illinois Mil igan and Pennsylvania, were carried by w Mr. Bryan did not go to Indiana, and it was Sr ried by Hughes. He cancelled hfs original datB in South Dakota and gave the extra time to North Dakota. South Dakota goes to Hughes and North. Dakota to Wilson. It appears that CaU ifornia and Washington, and possibly New Hampshire are the only states in which the land slide can not be claimed as having been influ enced by Mr. Bryan's oratory. When the re turns are completed and ready for complete an alysis it may appear that the Bryan influence was only superficial, but when a map of his itinerary is compared with a map of election results, tho coincidence is not only interesting but startling. Mr. Bryan's closing campaign speeches indi cate his purpose to begin at once a fight to com mit the democratic party to national prohibition. With twenty-three states dry, all of them ex cept Maine and Michigan belonging to the new western and southern alignment, he is not facing- an impossible task. Mr. Bryan still retains excellent health and vigor. He may he an ac tive participant in many more national cam paigns. If foreign relations still engross our attention in 1920, the chances are that by 1924 they will be sufficiently cleared up to leave the field open for a national battle over prohibition. The number of dry states will naturally be in creased by that time, even allowing for a prob able temporary reaction in the movement, enough to make it a real issue. Events may move fast enough, indeed, to bring the question before the country prominently in the next cam paign. The Nebraska democrats who have been gleefully burying Mr. -Bryan once more will find in due time that their labor is wasted. While he met with a defeat In the success of some of his personal enemies in Nebraska, he succeeded in digging the ground from under the wet Ne braska democrats h iioi"Ln spcure the pass ura&K ueiuocrrfion amendment. The victory is tundamental. It gives Mr. Bryan an advant age in future contests the importance of which can hardly be over-estimated. CLEAN STOREES The Botary club of Louisville, Ky., recently adopted the following resolution: "Resolved, That no story, stunt, or joke is proper or fit to be placed before any Rotarian or any gathering of Rotarians which would not be perfectly Ht and proper before such Rotarians if each one were accompanied by his mother, wife or daughter." Good. The Rotarians are to be congratulated. There are plenty of clean stories to illustrate every truth worth illustrating. It is time to abolish the Tulgar story. It -is increasingly of fensive and never safe. Even if there are no ladies within hearing, there may be gentlemen present. A statistically inclined gentleman has figured out that there are a million Jobs in the United States, that are barred to the man who drinks, whether he imbibes regularly or now and then. The open saloon is a constantJnvitation to men to drink. Good sense will dictate that every man who really desires to climb the ladder of success "will use his vote to-remove all barriers from his path. MR. BRYAN'S CAMPAIGN SPEECHES Mr. Bryan spoke in twenty states during the recent presidential .campaign, visiting the states in the order named: New Mexico, Arirona, Ne vada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakot3, .Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado. Missouri, Tennessee, .Kentucky, Michigan. Wisconsin, Dlinols and Nebraska. The report that Mr. Bryan also spoke in Idaho, South Dakota, Minnesota or Indiana, is incorrect. '