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THE DAY BOOK
500 S. PEORIA ST.
!398
TEL. MONROE 353
Vol.1, No. 289 j Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 29, 1912 One Cent
WHAT THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY IS
One mightily interesting thing about the new Progressive
platform and party is that the people have got clear ahead of the
newspapers, and that instead f newspapers moulding public senti
ment, the people are moulding .newspaper sentiment.
There has been a lot -of bunk about newspapers moulding pub
lic opinion, at that. They help mould and crystallize public senti
ment when they are trying to lead the people where the people want
to go. But they make a mess pf it when they attempt to lead where
the people don't want to go and won't go.
The reason the.people are now ahead of the new'spapers is that
the newspapers are dazed; they don't understand the Bull Moose
movement. ' -
They "have been accustomed so long to have the bosses in the
two old parties pick the" tickets, and thenigive the people only a
choice5 between two evils, that they can't understand a party that
has no bosses, but is run by the people themselves. "
But the people do understand it. They-ve been sick and tired
of the two old boss-ridden parties for years, and didn't have any
place else to,, go, politically, except to the Socialist party, until the
Bull Moose came to town.
And'then, for. the first time, "a political party made a platform
that was human and had warm, red blood in it a platform that toolc
a stand against child labor, for old age pensions, for a minimum,
wage and for greater protection of the men, women and children
of this country Who were not bom with gold spoons in their mouths.
It waSjWhat the people wanted and when they saw Jane
Addams, Judge Lindsey, Hiram Johnson, peorge Record ofNew
Jersey, Giffbrd Pinchot and many other noble tnen and -women in
the movement and back of that platform why, then the people saw
there was something new, and clean and wliolesome in American
politics.
They read or heard of a convention of honest men and women
singing patriotic and- religious songs nen and women who knew
something of the hopes and fears and wants of the common people.
And they knew then that it wasn't anything, like the Democ
racy of Murphy, Belmont, Ryan, Taggart and Sullivan, or the Re-

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