The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, April 01, 1921, Page 11, Image 11

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The Commoner
APRIL,-1921
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!S mission is fulfilled, and I am ready to help
io constructive reform worn. I wouiu hko to
?n a nfimonratiR nartv organized, that is really
TOemocratic. The old party has been aristocratic
concerning color, and sex, and commercial caste.
(Mhether a World Democracy including indus
gtm'alism, one language, one flag, one money, and
fSjfe religion is practicable, will have to be con-
Ldered before long, l enjoy Tne uommoner
tery much.
iTnhn "WntrihlA. Montana. You wanted to hear
"from those that would assist you in reorganizing
flthjg Democratic party. You can count on mo
- .ipcJing all I can, as a private. I have been with
flSSR since 1896. I believe the best thing that
mSSs "e done is y an g commoner
Bieau Dy every one.
Itt w TTiflrcrlnhotham. Iowa. The newspapers
" " Sort that you will start to reorganize the
"''Bfaocratic party. I followed you three times
'''JfSldefeat and I am still with you. No man haa
'-Vffiurae more to build up the party and to bring
.iSliSUt good government tnan you. l wisu you
'WKfill.
K. tj t)nnff Qnntli Dnlrnfn.. T fin not. Want
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fttgllose an issue of Tne uommoner. we are
neartily with Mr. Bryan in nis mans to reorgan
zT the Democratc party along the lines sug
'lygested in your February issue. That he may
5Yucceea is our wisn. iou cun uepeuu uu u iu
.'Hine extern, uj. uui uuni.
WA. R. fioBsard. Texas. That the Democratic
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.kiSnrfv hnn eiifffirfirt a crusnine aeieat, Eoes wim-
IkRV. navincr. nor is it hard to locate the cause. No
.uloutgoing administration has any right to dictate
mKA nnrfv rmiioiAa nr to nnntroi tne convention.
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Wlnis will always cause aeieat. a ueraocrauc
SSSgress gave us Judge Parker and we went
KiSwTi in disaster. Taft tried it and the result
Slalwell known. Nominations to be successful
4inu8t come from the people. The democracy
Wm not be discouraged; we can pront oy tne
it' history. The Democratic party cannot aie,
R th np.nnlfi'a nartv. Let the Democratic
IjSftty stand true to the people and the people
restore it po power again.
rva a tp fihirlev. Kentucky. I could not
trntiir nf .dnincr without The Commoner. I heart-
iHy indorse the political policies therein set
" ''''MiAOr.tU. A W'OU .yvu muwu owx,"" vv " 'f
. 'Reorganization.
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Bi, J. Ledbetter, Mississippi. I neartny ap
WW nf tho National Legislative Program as
8Tnted in The Commoner. With such a plat
form of principles tno uemocratic party may ue
sarestorea to even greater accuiuyuBumeuia iui
"' iod to tne PePle tnan m tne P2181, uan we not
' 'Bevise some plan to put The Commoner in the
-TSniPR of natriotic men and women who will
IJJever give up the ship, and who will work per-
llptently and intelligently until tne goai is
ireached. In this hour of dismal gloom give us
ibre men like the Bryans!
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lEiMnHnncj in lfiRs than an hour. I do not want
Ho miss a number. . I heartily approve of your
)6sitions, politically ana religiously, ana wisn
Won great success.
NEW YORK AND PROHIBITION
rv n vnto of 81 to 62. the New York state
fissembly yesterday passed three bills which, in
RVm lnnp-nacfi of their proponents, "put the state
lifehind the Volstead act." These measures are
Mesigned to enroll on the siae or pronioition en
Korcement the full police power of the state of
jNew York. If the people Of the state do not wish
So enforce the national act they may lessen the
Kf.Hv?Hfl nf the nolice arid state constabulary.
Wt they wish to carry through in prohibition en-
Korcement they can unaer tms Din Dust passea
fetop the smuggling of liquor over the Canadian
border and stop other forms of bootlegging. It
was noticeable that the Democrats voted solidly
Iks a party against the bills, and thirty-one Re
feublicans joined them, but the Republican party
Imajority in tne assemDiy is bo large mat a
Skmrr?n nf nlnateen remained. The question was
Ibrought to a focus by Assemblyman Gage,
rsponsor for the measures, wno sam, vve must
fi-ip away the artificial distinction which puts the
fcriminal who breaks the liquor law in a pre
ferred class." This action by the New York
assembly is an indication that notwitustanamg
U-h on-oniififl reaction from prohibition the peo-
Pple of the country are not repudiating the
kigbteenth amejaament. xiix.
Democracy Must Be a Party of
tne People
(From The Montgomery, Alabama, Journal.)
I.
Pulling itself together after the frightful
cataclysm of November, 1920, is in order fortho
utterly routed but still unterrifled democracy
to discover "where wo are at," and what we
are going to do.
It was the. "safe and sane" democracy that
brought the party a like disastrous defeat in
1904. It was that "wet" and a mixture of bad
leadership and personal subterfuge that brought
disaster to the party in 1920.
Both have had their vaunted innings and the
results in both instances; not only added noth
ing to the Democratic party, but left it almost
a total wreck upon the broad ocean of political
activities, with neither rudder nor compass,
neither helmsman nor pilot. The candidacy of
Parker was forced on the party at St. Louis by
the "safe and sane." The candidacy of Cox
was forced on the party at San Francisco by
the wots and discredited party bosses.
II.
The selfish subterfuge in each instance was
born in the brain the first of the plutocracy of
the east, and the second of the breweries and
liquor interests and plutocracy of the east.
Many delegates in each convenUon, honest and
well-meaning, yielded their better Judgment to
the will of the minority sacrificing judgment
and principle to a hope for victory. Many news
papers, honest and reputable, acquiesced but
recognized that the nomination in each instance
was merely a hasty makeshift, chosen , to dis
credit the leadership of the man who stood for
real democracy and who 3lad done more for de
mocracy than all the politicians of his time. They
fell easily into the trap set for them, and worse
still, many of them permitted themselves to
join his enemies i'n coupling their praise of the
men thus foisted upon the party with unworthy
abuse of a greater man, whoso magniflcient ser
vices pulse yet on the grateful memory of the
Democratic people.
All of them cannot be charged with selfish
or personal motives in the share of this colossal
blunder, but the result amply proves that those
responsible are unwise and unsafe leaders, too
inexperienced, too restricted in scope, or too cor
rupt to be trusted with the serious business of
president-making or policy-shaping for a great
and vital party carrying an essential mission of
liberty and reform.
Regardless of the personality of either candi
date or their environment, as the nominees of
the party, The Journal gave tnem hearty and
unbroken support. To the extent of our capac
ity with pen we did all that we could do.
But with our ear to the pulse of the people
we knew from the beginning what all men now
know that the men who forced upon the party
the candidates at St. Louis in 1904 and in San
Francisco in 1920, gave us impossible candi
dates and impossible platforms.
The nominations in each instance were the
questionable shifts of Democratic opportunists
who were compounding the inftiortal principle of
Jefferson for the expediency of coveted success.
III.
Well, the experiment has been tried in two
notable instances. The test has been fairly made.
All the Democratic newspapers, and all the
Democratic leaders, east, south and west, with
few exceptions, gave their support, honest, earn
est support, and the candidates and the .plat
forms had free course to be glorified.
The Democratic party is writhing today among
the debris and timbers- of the worst political
wreck that has been known in the nation.
And now, 'what are we going to do?
IV.
Well, in the first place we are not going to
surrender or despair. The darkest hour pre
cedes the dawn, and the avalanche of November
may be forgotten and reversed in the next cham
paign. The Republican party is entering now
a fearful crucible of full respect at a critical
period of the country's history. Its past prin
ciples and practices, if followed by Harding,
cannot commend it permanently to the support
and confidence of the American people. It has
been the party of special privilege and the party
of autocratic discrimination. It is the party of
the predatory interests and the party of the
criminal trusts. It is the party of centralization,
and the party of imperialism. It Is the party of
sectionalism and the party of race agitation. It
cannot, if it can be judged by its past record,
long satisfy the wants and aspirations of tho
American masses, and In tho very hour of He
triumph and exaltation wo make the confident
prophecy, if tho senatorial coterie of politicians
control, of Its disintegration and defeat' a de
feat as overwhelming as that that has come to
tho Democratic party and a defeat equally de
served. But this defeat of tho Republicans is depend
ent upon tho reconstruction of the Democratic
party and its policies if made such as to crystal
lize about its platform all tho progressive ele
ments of the people.
And now there are indications that at least
we are going to heed the lessons we have learned
from our disasters and defeats. Tho democracy
is going to bo reborn, reformed and consecrated
to the constitution, to popular rights and liber
ties of the people to bo controlled by privates
in tho ranks, not self-constituted leaders sdeking
personal ends. We cannot afford any longer to
be a party of mere ndgation, a party Of posi
tion, or a party of senile imitation of tho party
in power. We are going to believe something,
and we are going to do something. Wo are go
ing to be a party of creeds and not merely a
party of hungry desires. Wo are going to quit
truckling like cowards to the shadow of a mere
ly temporary success. We are going to quit
crawling on our bellies before tho Juggling of
power. And what is now made clear, we aro
going to find and follow a real leader if wo
have to smash every slate and annihilate every
politician that has fattened upon our credulity
and suffrage for forty years. We have already
been given a platform, by one who has the con
fidence of the masses of people, not of one but
of both part'es, and upon whicn all honest men
can stand. It is a platform that is an open op
position and a bold challenge to tho standpat
creed everywhere. If wo fail to ive to this
platform a ready and honest response, wo are
going to lose the confidence of the honest masses
of the American people and we unhesitatingly
add, if we fail to do so, wo will deserve to lose
them.
And who has given us this platform? Why
the man who has been truest to our principles
and most loyal to our faith, and tho man in
whom the American people have absolute faith
and confidence a man who has never betrayed
a trust. Thank God, we have such a man, a
man of incomparable leadership and unim
peached purity and consistency which shine like
a silver star In the midnight of our misfortunes,
lie believes to the uttermost the things which wo
believe, and he has the courage and tho char
acter and eloquence to give soaring wings td
our Democratic thought.
Tho great masses of the Americans, regard
less of party, were never so ready to follow tho
man who leads in right lines, provided only that
he leads against the common enemy.
The mission of the democracy is for the- wel
fare of the people all the people. Remember
that!
And the -people must now put on their own
thinking caps and know what they believe and
let neither politicians nor principalities, nor
things present, nor things to come, separate
them from their love of liberty and the hope of
the masses, which is in the democracy. And
we do not want any hesitation, and we must
not tolerate any evasion.
.We must stand for reforms, not in platitudes
or Incumbered sentences that may be miscon
strued, but in short and ringing words which
candidates will find impossible to misrepresent
or evade.
VI.
Finally, let the things for which the new and
progressive democracy stands be definite and set.
Give the people something to vote for and they
will vote for it. Let the fellows who do not be
lieve in the things for which progressive de
mocracy stands go away to some other party.
Do not be afraid to let them go. For every man
who deserts tho party fighting for the people
because it is fighting for the people, there will
be a hundred to come in and fill the ranks.
It has come to a time when we are compelled
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