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. For years there had' been little real
differences between the two old
parties. In each of "them were all
shades of political belief from ex'
treme radicalism to extreme conserv
atism. - ?
i . The nomination of Wilson at the
Baltimore convention held the Demo
cratic party together by holding in it
the progressive element, which might
have gone to the Progressive party
with its social justice platform had
a reactionary, backed by Murphy,
Belmont, Ryan and what they stand
for, been the nominee.
"President Wilson has been remark
ably successful, so far, in holding to
gether the discordant element; and
it is well that he got as much of his
program through congress as he did
before the inevitable split came.
Champ Clark iis what some would
call a good, old-fashioned Democrat;
and that's about all. Oscar Under
wood stands for much the same in
politics as Penrose, Crane and
Barnes. He is naturally reactionary.
Wjlson did remarkably well in taking
with him as many votes in the House,
with the speaker and all-powerful
House leader against him.
However, the false harmony in .the
Democratic party can't go on much'
longer. The pull of Big Business on
the large reactionary element will be
persistent; and that puli will be away
from Wilson rather than toward him.
WHspn will either make the Demo
cratic party progressive and draw to
it the progressives from other parties,
or the progressives of all parties will
get together in a third party possi
bly in 1916.
The world is moving swiftly now
adays. The election and progressive
policy of President Wilson have mere
ly delayed the new alignment of vot
ers into conservative and progressive
In the meantime thfire is a growing
disposition of the working class to
get together whether in the Social
ist party or something else remains to
be seen. Labor is restless. It receives
entirely -too- little consideration.- from
the old parties.
Enlarging the Army. It is not sur
prising that manufacturers' associa
tions should favor increasing the
regular army and make the state
militia more effective.
The real reason for it, however, is
never publicly expressed. When
these associations say they want the
army made' larger so as to be ready
to protect this country from a foreign
foe, they don't mean what they say.
They want the army made larger
and they want it distributed about
the country for the purpose of hold
ing labor in subjection. -
And they want the state militia on
a war basis, so it can be used to break
strikes and help organized capital in
its war on organized labor.
Why don't they say what they
A KEEN GUESS
Graneer Gosh dine these farm
journals! What do th editors know
His Nephew Perhaps some of
them are practical pharmacists.