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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 05, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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"
ions on how the food hogs could be
punished and the high cost of living
reduced immediately. I wrote my
opinion, maintaining that Socialism
is undoubtedly the. only solution
for the problem. " --
Well, I have seen all kinds of fool
ish and worthless answers printed in
The Day Book to that effect, but, as
I expected, and betted my brother,
my opinion, "poisoned with Social
ism," followed the trail to the edi
tor's waste basket.
No, sir, I "ain't mad at nobody."
But where do you stand, anyway?
Very truly yours. Daniel A. Uretz.
My answer is this: Your brother
is right You are wrong because you
start with a misunderstanding of -my
meaning. There was no comparison
between Cruice and Cunnea in what
I wrote. I merely stated my prefer
ence for Cruice over other candidates
for the DEMOCRATIC NOMINA
TION. Cunnea is not a candidate for
the Democratic nomination.
While I do not presume to tell any
man how he ought to vote, Cunnea
would be my personal choice as
against any candidate nominated by
a party machine and ander obliga
tion to that machine. Not merely
because Cunnea is a Socialist, but
because he is Cunnea and his heart
and head are right as I see the
right.
If another man whose heart and
head were right, too, were the nom
inee of one of the parties, without
being the hand-picked candidate of
a boss or party machine, and I
thought he could and would do more
than Cunnea for the working class,
I would vote for him, and still have
the same respect for Cunnea.
If a man like Cruice were a candi
date for the non-machine nomina
tion on the Republican or Progressive
ticket, and I belonged to that party
I would vote for his nomination.
If I were advising workingmen how
to play the political game, I would
advise the Republican workingmen
to try to nominate their friends
that is friends of their class on their
ticket. I would advise Democrats
and Progressives to do the same
thing. I wouldn't have to give So
cialist workingmen that advice, for
they would do it anyhow.
And after we had got such men
nominated on ALL tickets, I would
pick out the one I thought was the
best and vote for him. I might give
the Socialist the preference if all
things were equal. But I would do
whatever I thought would accomplish
most for the working class, without
regard to party tags or labels.
When Cunnea ran for state's at
torney I favored his election and did
what I could to help his candidacy
without asking anybody to vote for
him.
Of course, it would be different if
workingmen were not blind to their
own interests as to be split up among
the various parties then they
wouldn't need the help of any news
paper. But so long as they are Re
publicans, Democrats, Progressives
and Socialists, I'm in favor of them
fighting the devil with fire and beat
ing him at his own game; and the
way to do that is to get known
friends of the working class on ALL
the tickets if possible, so the work
ing class would win no matter how
the election went.
That's the way Special Privilege
plays the game. It aims to control
the nominations of all parties but the
Socialist party and would control
those nominations if it could and
then wins no matter what party loses.
I don't recall the letter on Social
ism as the only remedy for the high
cost of living. Every mail brings nu
merous letters and not all of them
can be printed. It may be that So
cialism is the only ultimate solution.
I am not wise enough to know. But
I was hunting for something to re
lieve the situation NOW.
I am NOT prejudiced against So
cialists. In fact, I respect them and
think they are doing great work for,
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