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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 1, 1919)
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WILLIAM J. BRYAN, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR
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VOL 19, NO. 11
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Lincoln, Nebraska, November, 1919
Whole Number 727-.
Wanted: a Candidate ;
Tf now within eight months of the demor
t cratic national convention and no one hasah
nounced himself as a candidate. What is the
matter? - V ' ? ;
vnv mnnths it was explained -that men hesi
tated to enter the race because' the president
had not declared nis pians ior uch a;. .
would be unfair to the president to assume. that
he would violate the two-term precedent even
if his health were such as to make him 'willing
to assume the burdens' of the office agdln. . Ho
is in line for the presidency of the league co
nations and will have the' unanimous' ' SMPPort
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nf this rnnnirv for the nosition.
Those eligible for the democratic nomination
should "advance and give the countefcEbn."
Among those who are,, first, for the people, and
against Wall street; second .for the;' home
Political success depends upon two things;
namely, opportunity and the ability to take ad
vantage of it. The year 1920 will present such
a political opportunity as seldom comes to a
party, and the democratic party is the only or
ganization prepared to take advantage of this
SUGGESTIONS FOR A PLATFORM
There is a growing antagonism botween capi
tal and labor and this has led to aibitrary.
action on the part of some capitalists and it has
.also led some extremists on the other side
meh better acquainted with European condi
tions than with American institutions to talk
about a class government established through
revolution. Both are wrong; this i3 a DEMOC
RACY, not a one class government to be ad-
party will choose, the- most avar.aoie man uie
man who flahaath;.theb4est ' iBsflSSfiWttjtfj
success. The Commoner will be pleased to dis
cuss relative availability of ' candidates a3 "they
The candidate will,- of course, outline ills plat
form and that will furnish a basis of judgment.
The democratic party can win next year with a
platform that meets, the, issues and a candidate .
T?ho fits the platform, but it L-iist have both.-.
W. J. BRYAN.
ministered either by a, plutocracy p ujr au v w n ftU wm Eqr
either is worse- than a dream -it is a ho
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' Our gbvernment'is hoi,' and canifot be, a ch
NO "OPlfc SEASON"- ::
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There will be- noi. "open-season!' for. drunks -between-irowand;Jamiary16f
l92ur The presi
dent -is not-likely tot open- up- themrtion f or ,a
two months' spree, but even if ha were unwise
enough to attempt it congress wouid instantly
end the debauch by legislation1.
OHIO STANDS FIRM
Ohio stands firm on prohibition. She retains
the state prohibition amendmct by CO, 000 major
itytwice as large as the majority by which it
was adopted. AND THE SOLDIERS VOTED AT
THIS ELECTION. "-The 2.75 p:r :cent beewwas'
voted down by 30000 majority.'' .'-''"
The ballot was confusing a long ballot on:
which the drys'had to. vote "yo3"- twice arid a
short ballot on which they had to yot3 "no"
twice. Owing to thi3 confusion the approval'
f the action of the legislature la "ratifying the
national amendment -was defeated by "only a
small majority, according to the latest reports.
wing to this confusion the dry vote falleC to
confirm the action of the legislature in passing
an enforcement law, but this was the least im
portant proposition of the four submitted. The
next legislature can pass another enforcement
aw and- the federal law will be 'enforced in the
meantime. " !
The result in Ohio settles the prohibition
Question, it i3 now the permanent policy of
we country. ". .-' -
W. J. BRYAN:
government; it is and must be a PEOPLES,
government, in which oach citizen i3 the equal
before the law of every other citizen, a majority
speaking for all.
The democratic party is the only party that
stands for such a government. For a genera-'
' tion the republican party "lias stood for clacs
government not government by a numerous
class like the laboring class or the farming class, .
bdt by a relatively 'small class; It has stood for
government by the business class (only big busi
ness being included in Its definition of this
class) ; ' it -has, stood for government by the .
manufacturing class (the protected manufac
turer wrote its tariff laws); it has stood for
government by the monied class (Wall street
has dictated its, financial policy) ; It ha3 s ocd
for government by the railroad magnates (they
shaped its railroad policy); and it has stcod
for government by the trusts (they have con
trolled the officers who should have enforced
' The republican leaders, not, the rank and fie
..rfthe, Party but the LEADERS, have been will-
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2-f CONTENTS v
" ' WANTED: A CANDIDATE
ing to turn the govcrnmont ovor to the favor
seeking claanos for exploitation. The republi
can party is not only unable to Bpaak poaoa to
the troubled waters but the loader of the re
publican party have neither the dUpoaitlon to
hnrmonlzD labor anil capital ngr the oonfldoncc
of the masses which i nocewary to bring about
a reconciliation. Tholr platform not co
cporatl:n botweon all clow, but privilege sup
ported by force.
The demociat'.c party 1 tho frlsnd of all the
people and Is tho chtunplbn of the right of oach
and every cltlzan,. It has no favorl oaj It fe
gauls all claeses as paits, and enly paits, of Iho
whole cltlzcnHh'p of tha country. It dofenda
those whose rightu ars vi.latod and would
hasten the coming cf a universal brothoihood
In which each citizen will find a:u ity and in
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HirirrniiwfshiriGht. Ah' tho dsmocratis. rany
would use the machinery of the Lorgtie of Na
tions to settle disputes between govoriinionls
before a re3ort'to force; so it wojhl provido
machinery lfko' that provided in our thirty
treaties and in tho covenant of the League of
Nations for the settlement of industrial dis
putes, before they ici'ch the strike or lockout
Tho democratic party, believing that every'
citizen should be protected from ovary arm up
lifted for hid injury, would prevent profiteering
in any line of businoss, supplementing tho work
of the Federal Trade commission by the crea
tion of stato trade commissions and local tiaco
commissions with full rower to investigate
charges of extortion, with penalty provided fcr
wrong doing. '
The democratic party ii the fi.lsnd cf com
merce and would stimulate It by every legiti
mate means. It ha already, by means of the
currency law, protected business from the greed
of Wall street. It Is pledgad to oppose private
monopoly as a thing indefensible and IntoTer
able. It would as fasUaa public opinion Ij ripo
for it subctitute'govcrnraont ownership for-piiv-ate
ownership wherever competition is impos
sible, as in the case of telegraph lines, telephone
ftnea and railways, but it would do this by a sys
tem which recognizes our dual form of goyern
mont and provides for ownership by f Moral,
state and local-government j of the instrument
allties that can best be used by them.
The time has come for the systcmall: develop-'
ment of national highways and the conclusion
of peace gives an opportunity to celebrate the
ending of the greatest of world wars b the
building of a memoiial Peace Way, reaching
into every state and forming a commercial bond
of union between the commonwealths oJ tie
nation. It would greatly relieve th? railroads
by furnishing a road way for both passenger azd
freight traffic. " '
: The democratic party 13 the friend of, the
aoldiers of all wars and will show its apprecia-
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