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WHY ARE POLITICIANS . SO BUSY TRYING TO WET
NURSE OUR. IDEAS ABOUT GOVERNMENT?
There's one awfully tiresorne thing about all our politicians
i they're all so busy teaching the people what the people ought to
Take any of the .presidential candidates you like, and they're
all the same, from Wilson and LaFollette down to Harmon and
Taft. They're all -spending their time and-their energy telling us
what reforms we ought to want, or what reforms we ought not to
Who in thunder gave Harmon, or Taft, or any of the whole
bunch the right to tell us what we want?
We know blame well what we want.
We know that we want things changed so that neither pur
daughters, nor our-sisters, nor any girl, will have to work ten hours
a day in a-department store for $6 a week; and we want things
changed so that neither our sons, nor our brothers, nor any Amer
ican citizen will have to work in the steel mills twelve hours a day
for seven days in. -the week to earn $10.50 a week.
We don't know whether it is legal or not to pass a law changing
these things. To tell the truth we're not so awfully strong for book
laws regulating the hours of labor.
But we've asked the department Store millionaires to change
these conditions of their own free will, and they haven't done it;
so, by golly, we want something that'll change conditions, and
we'd want the people to have control of THEIR own government
so THEY can change conditions.
And we-don't care a whoop whether the lawyers say its con
stitutional or not. We want it.
We don't know much about tariff revision, either. It takes a
lifetime to understand the tariff, and we've been too busy earning
our bread and butter to give all our time to the tariff.
But we do know that we've heard that the excuse for the tariff
is that it is needed to protect our infant industries, like steel and
oil and wool.
And, by golly, if the tariff is protecting these infants, we want
the tariff wiped off the statute books right away. And we don't
care whether it's wiped off in a "legal" manner or not.
We don't know an awful lot about the scientific end of the trust
question either. 3
But we do know that-we want to see some of the multi-mil-,
lionaires who are swelling around on the money they made out of
watered stock they sold to us, and the blood they sweated out of our ,
brothers, puUed up shjort andjdcked where it wiU do the most good." v
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