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ONE MAN'S OPINIONS
BY N. D. COCHRAN.
Labor and Politics. In over thirty
years of newspaper work I have had
some experiences with politics and
politicians from presidents all the
way down to ward assessors and con-
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the political game.
I have seen how presidents, sena
tors, jCongressmen, legislators, gover
nors, mayors, councilmen, judges and
other alleged public servants are
made and was in position to under
stand why most of them serve Special
Privilege instead of the people after
they get into office.
Most of the illusions I had when I
started out as a youthful voter to
save my country have been dispelled
not by the people themselves, but
by the so-called representatives of the
people, who loved the dear people
during the campaign and laughed at
them after election.
I tried belonging to the Republican
party and then tried belonging to the
Democratic party only to find that
when I belonged to either of them I
didn't belong to myself. Now I be
long to no political party. I belong to
myself; and the party tagor label
any other man wears no more inter
ests me than the color of his neck
tie, the cut of his coat or the archi
tecture of his church.
I found that there were many
splendid fellows in all. parties, and
that few of them knew why they be
longed. Most of them were tagged
by their fathers, got started on' one
route and never had initiative to do
their own thinking.
I have heard great statesmen make
great speeches in which they told
how they loved the workingman, and
what THEIR particular party was
just dying to do for the workingman
and then I have seen those same
statesmen do the bidding of the rich
and powerful, deliberately betraying
the great mass of the people,
I have seen party bosses rise and
fall. I have seen their machines sup
ported by campaign contributions
from Special Privilege, and I have
seen the bosses deliver the goods by
passing bad laws Special Privilege
wanted passed and killing good laws
the interests didn't want passed.
I have seen labor fight for laws to
prevent child labor and have seen
so-called representatives of the peo
ple kill those laws at the bidding of
I have seen so-called representa
tives of the people defeat law after
law that was intended to conserve
human life, health and happiness,
and all because laws that helped hu
manity might cost Big Business some
I have supported men for office
when I thought they were honest and
would keep their promises and I
have seen some of them falter and
fall after election.
No man is infallible. None of us
can always be sure of any other man.
We can't always be sure of ourselves.
It is no light responsibility a man
assumes when he advises another
man how to vote. I have learned-to
be afraid of that responsibility. That's
why I don't assume to tell any other
man how he ought to vote. I don't
know how any other man ought to
vote. I am not always sure of how
I ought to vote.
I do think, however, that any man's
chances of being right are better if
he is free from party slavery and does
his own thinking and his own voting.
And I think workers would accom
plish more if they stood by their
friends without regard to what party
ticket they are on than they can pos
sibly accomplish by blindly voting for
tickets they are on than they can
possibly accomplish by blindly voting
for tickets because they have at their
head an eagle, rooster, moose or some
other kind of bird or animal.
Take the county judgeship, for in
stance. There are good points about
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