The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, March 01, 1919, Page 10, Image 10

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The Commoner
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Constructive Program Issues Heartily Indorsee
E. A. Ingram, California. I am In receipt
of tho January number of The Commoner and
your constructive program was read with much
intercut and satisfaction, and the wrltor Indorses
each and cvory one of tho paragraphs, numbered
one to flftoon inclusivo, which you uso to define
your constructive program. Your constructive
program is like tho science of mathematics, it
noodH no argument but only explanation to tho
honest inquirer In pursuit of knowledge as to
Us importance, morlt and value. Paragraph
number ono rolatlvo to universal poace should
and of rl&ht, had ought to and w.lll prevail.
Paragraph number fivo, in reference to govern
ment ownorship of : ilroads and tolograph, is
of vital and vast Importance, and with national
prohibition assured and woman suffrage virtually
assured, it places government ownership in tho
forofront and probably will make it tho. para
mount issuo in tho 1920 campaign, besides It Is
going to bo demanded by tho people, and they
aro in no mood to have tho matter delayed
longor. Paragraph numbor six, concerning gov
ernment ownorship and peratlon of morchant
marine, must not bo undorratod. It Is a fond
hope of tho writer that there may never bo a
merchant sjilp constructed by America that is
not constructed, built and operated and owned
by tho United States government. Paragraph
number eight, advocating national initiative and
roforondum, should bo enacted Into law and
mado ono of tho permanent, fundamental prin
ciples of our government to bo adhered to for
all time to come. Paragraph nine, concerning
national guarantee of bank, deposits, needs no
argumont or comment oxcopt suffice to say what
business man would deposit funds in a non
guaranteed bank whon he has tho opportunity
of dopositing funds In a bank guaranteed by our
nationaj govornment.
Ross D. Brown, Arizonu. The constructive
principles enunciated could not be improved
upon. I am fully In accord with them all. There
is going to be a great cry to roturn tho railroads
.to tho owners at once; in fact, it has already
Btartod In the little country papers (republican
papers, I havo noticed nothing in tho democratic
press). I am for govornment ownership strong.
Tho national initiative and referendum is a
first-class plank. Public highway development
and waterways is good. Another, I believe,
would be tho development of land under irriga
tion, as Farnklin K. Lane advocates.
J, N. Cross, California.- I indorse the com
plete list, and can help in giving them publicity.
Goorgo Brotthauer, Oregon. I am in favor
or all the reconstruction policies you havo out
lined oxcopt that of government ownorship and
control of. railrioads, and telegraph and tile
phone linos.
P. M. Thompson, Nobraska, I am heartily
in accord with tho program as outlined and will
advocate it to my neighbors and friends.
u. L. Bohanhon, California. I am in full
accord with The Commoner, as you seem to
know just what tho people want. Your influence
is very great; keep up the good work
C. H. Kollogg, Florida. Being one of your
charter subscribers, I want to see from yoSr
?wPiliSthe F,at and rantous questions
that will havo to be settled in the near future
that concern rot only us but all the world '
G. P. Hall, Florida. I havo been in svm
pathy with the issues presented to the American
people from time to time by Mr. Bryan wini
believe to bo the greatest statosman S Amerka
today. I say "statesman" because in mv nninimt
'America is the only country product Bteto
men today, all others ere more y diplomats All
tho. issues you present appeal to me except th
trtivGeHrane tho futuro p-rs1
years. It is needless to say that I KJaV?1!8
sympathy with tho viewon public quIstlonT
expounded and ably defended by M? BrvaS ' in
other words, I am a democrat of tin niTS:
school. I am in favor of and have wo!&i ,ya
for some oX the different refoms o Jutaed 2
a . animate solution of tho Si ! 1 li3 was
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VOTERS WOULD FAVOP MYOGRAM
W. N. Hudson, Kansas. Your con-
ructivo program as outlined ought to
W strucuve program us ouumeu uugui 10 w
meet with tho approval of all true citi- "
vy . zens wno aro nuoresiea in me ueYejop- vy
mont of our country. If partisan pred-
judlce could be surrendered long enough
to have an honest expression of senti-
mont I believe that three-fourths of tho
voters of our country would favor your
constructive program. I 1 uly hopo your
constructive propositions will bo carried
into the national democratic convention
in 1920 and tho candidate is pledged .to
their support. Wo need industrial demo-
cracy as well as political democracy and
our people will not be content with any-
thing less.
S00
view I am most heartily in accord with the
plank relating to packing houses, grain elevators,
insurance companies; some of these have been
looked after tho past few months, and any com
mon farmer can plainly see the results.
Dr. G. W. Ellis, Alabama. I most heartily
indorse the fifteen legislative and constructive
principles set forth. I hope you may have tho
opportunity to present these much needed legis
lative principles to all tho people. I believe the
great mass of tho people will heartily indorse
tho entire program when clearly presented to
W. F. Burgener, California. I heartily ap
prove of your program except that part of
clause two relating to granting land to soldiers,
and such other parts as are affected thereby
as insufficient in scope. The inevitable resuU
would be that large holdings of out-of-the-wiy
and would be sold to the government at nSre
than it is worth, to bo developed by the govern
ment, then sold to the soldiers, but few or
C iSn wi ?n make a UvinS off tho land.
C. Lull, Washington. I believe that tho Z
gram for proposed legislation fa OK vfl,i
using the same farsightedness that, ,
The teaching of The Commoner are bSS? to
be heard soorer or later. d to
S. B. Roberts, Minnesota. Mv senHinf
or any other LJ ,
M. L. Thomas. Mkirmrl t
government ownerS of nL opposed to
and telephone Tarn Xd,8' telesraph
suffrage. I thWwe agree ontSfnfi0 Wdmn
sitions. b on tne ther propo-
W. N. Vanscoyoc. Indiana t i,
fifteen points. Keep un th fif h"J? ad your
is mado safe for humani?J 5 U1 ocracy
profiteers and grottaS Let ft UTfe for th
with tho forces of mammon m Se no truce
the temple of jani5 SS.J ?'Jlay the tes of
a complete victory Evfryutniiv1" nnf We wi
by the public so that taxation mUS5 be owned
tatlon shall end taxatl without represen-
H. F. Thodo, ' Iowa t ,
the Issues announ'edd m ' favor of a
. Ed. Orr, Illinois. I am no:- nn ,
of the Dronosed reforms mTno, PPosed to aBT
personally and indorse. Mr. Bryan uHl thea
serve. ua "nout re.
serve.
J. E. Smith. Town t , ...,,, ..
. first and last. I am ready to follow whS?1
Ke says go. w nereier
1 G. W. iCnarr, x West Virginia t
favor reduction of the army and naw ?l T
that the national, state and muSai S"
ments should immediately undertake nnS'T
velopment of the public lilg2a?c
foursrs. I do not believe in t e fede?a, I?'
met 6wning the railroads, but I 2 llR
should1 own the telegraph and telephones Si
interests should not be allowed to iilf?
burdens of the war upon the people in tbefni
of protective tariffs. Ue fona
W. C. Wright, California. I fully and heaiin,
agree with Mr. Bryan in everything that JK
groat Commoner is advocating. HoIadotaJS
ian.t service- for his country. I wish him long I
John Brinkley, Kansas. I am in favor of all
tho issues mentioned in your constructive dm!
gram, and-will do all I can to bring them about
A. J. Burkeen, Kentucky. The issues m
present are all good. There is no man that can
appreciate Mr. Bryan's writings any more than
I do. I read them because I think he is one o(
the best posted men in our nation, and I look
upon him as being one of the best Christian
men in the world. I think his talk is from the
heart and not from tho lips.
B. Q. Shur, New Jersey. I heartily support
your outlined policy.
G. B. Shonat, Wisconsin. I believe in all o(
Mr. Bryan's work. Keep up the good fight.
C. E. Taylor, Nebraska. Indorses entire pro
gram, but questions public ownership of public
utilltiqs.
R. E. Paris, Arkansas. I am in accord with
your issues and will help in any way to promote
. them.
A. R. Ferrell, ' Arizona. I am in agreement
With every proposition mentioned.
L. F. Weidenbacher, Illinois. I stand for the
things advocated by Mr. Bryan. I am for the
masses against class legislation to make mea
rich.
John Bruegger, North Dakota. I am in sym
pathy with practically all of the issues referred
to1 in your program.
Henry Harr, Missouri. Indorses all of pro
posed program.
E.. S. Wagner, Virginia. Your principles as
laid down are alK right, but I am afraid (he
republicans are going to wake up and bo hard
to handle.
J. W. Williams, Kansas. T believe in altoi
the propositions set forth in your program.
Newton Brittain, Washington. Indorse entire
program.
L. C. Everly, Virginia. I agree with every
proposition except one. I am not posted as to
ownership of public utilities.
INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM GREATEST
OF GOVERNMENTAL REFORMS
(Continued from page 5.)
2,000 for. the affirmative. If the law requires
only a.1 majority of the votes cast on the propo
sition, the affirmative wins. .
If, however, the law requires a majority oi
n all the votes cast at the election, the afflrmatiTe
would fall 24,000 votes short of the necessary
majority of all votes cast. ....
. The importance of this difference was iw
trated last year in Minnesota, where a pron w
Uon amendment secured a large majority or w
votes 'cast on the proposition, but lacked a w
hundred of receiving a majority of all the vou
cast at tho election, and illustration is made i
morn nnnrmirinfo Titr lo tan that abOUt tWeiW
years ago' the liquor interests secured an amen -
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THE CONSTRUCTIVE PROGRAM
hs been A00".,
copies will bo smmfio!? L rm ExtrA
quest, or Avill bo maiion ? U)on rei
' addresses a AS 1Ma,lcd to lists of m
' ,'l4Mj amluiqf, a majority of-ithWe ..who vote o
S. . . , v . . issues. W. J- BK
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people knowing the purpose of the anwnonn
this big advantage over the opponent -
wIf tti'eire fs" any virtue in the dootrlnetwi
mm hAsrighJ to.trule, it mua t niea
aufltjiqfrjamajbilty ofrrthWo.who vote on i
issues. t J W. J- BRUW'
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