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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 11, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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selves something better. Republican form of government is-based-wholly
and solely upon consent of the governed. . Who permits the mine
owners to maintain private armies of gunmen -who slaughter inoffensive
as well as offensive workmen and burn women and children In their homes?
The people. Is it our only remedy to euip another part of the people to
shoot arid burn?"
In conclusion our Ohio friend says: "All men must despise the cow
ardly and senile government of Colorado and abhor the brutalities perpe
trated over there in the name of that miserable hypocrisy, Law and Order,
hut must we not -an unany get DacK
to the fact that what the people over
there suffer is suffered at the hands
of their own government?"
That argument would be all right
if it were not based on a false premise
that the government of Colorado,
or any other state for that matter, is
the people's government.
Theoretically this is a democratic
republic. Practically it isn't. The
oretically the people rule in Colorado.
In fact they DON'T now, and never
did. The people don't rule in West
-Virginia; they don't rule in Michigan.
They don't rule in Ohio. They don't
rule hi Illinois.
What the people of Colorado suf
fered at Ludlow and elsewhere in the
Colorado coal fields, they DIDN'T
suffer from their own government.
I said: "When the mine owners,
for example, ARE PERMITTED to
maintain private armies of gunmen
to protect their property, let the min
ers have the full right to arm them
selves to protect their own lives."
The mine owners of Colorado
WERE PERMITTED to maintain pri
vate armies, both by the state and
federal governments. The federal
government knew all about the prac
tice in West Virginia, in Michigan
and in Colorado, for it had official re
ports from its own investigators; it
knew that private armies were main
tained by mine owners in all three
states yet congress did nothing.
Knowing the situation and taking
no action, it PERMITTED the thing
to go on which resulted in the mas
sacre; of the innocents at Ludlow.
The people of Colorado didn't
want those wom,en, and. children mur
dered in cold blood YET JT WAS
DONE.
The people of West Virginia didn't
want workers and their ramilies mur
dered in cold blood in West Virginia
YET IT WAS DONE,
And it was done in Michigan not
withstanding that fact that the peo
ple of Michigan didnt want it done.
It is a fair assumption that the
people of no state in the union want
"a cowardly, brutal and impotent
government" yet how are they go
ing to get what they do want?
How many people in this country
knew one-half of the truth about ac
tual conditions in Colorado before
the Ludlow horror? How many news
papers told their readers one-tenth
of the truth?
How many newspapers in this
country have printed even a frac
tional part of the truth YET?
How many newspapers have been
printing inches of the news of the
war in Colorado while .they were
printing pages of alleged news about
the war in Mexico or the attempt of
rich American investors in Mexican
property to start a war?
Very few newspapers printed even
a little bitpf the truth about the war
in the Michigan copper country until
that Christmas eve horror. Very few
of them gave their readers much of
the real news about the industrial
war in Colorado until women and
children were murdered in cold-,
blood at Ludlow.
And how much news would fh4ve
beenjprinted at all had.not the min
ers of Colorado armed, themselves
and fought tajirotect the.yr.Ultai .
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