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GARY,; PERKINS, ARMOUR, HEARST, G. O. P,
CONVENTION AND PREPAREDNESS PARADE
BY N. D. COCHRAN ?
I'm for preparedness, all right: And I'm for the preparedness parade."
It's good advertising. And if the working class sees' the situation and
makes the most of it, all this good advertising can be turned to the advan
tage of .the toilers.
But I don't think Gary, Hearst, Perkins, Armour, Reynolds and the
big captains of industry are for the same kind of preparedness I am for
And I don't think they are playing the same game I am trying to play,
or have anything like the same purpose in mind.
I'm for a big navy, and for universal military training, but not for a!
big Standing army of "professional soldiers. I can see- many advantages in
physical and military training, and we can have that .without taking the
flower of our young American manhood from useful pursuits and making;
professional soldiers of them.
We can adopt some American system similar to the Swiss system,
make it thoroughly, democratic and have a trained citizen soldiery that
will answer every possible purpose for national DEFENSE.
But that doesn't mean a professional army of hired soldiers sup
ported by the toilers of our farms and industrial centers. It means, .an'
army of free American citizens trained and fit ill any emergency to pit?
tect their country and their homes, but who will keep at work and mind
their own business in''times of peace. v
It means an efficient emergency army that by its known strength and
preparedness will preserve peace and render its use in warfare unnecessary.
But I'm not for an army to be used as a strike-breaking agency by a
political government controlled by the captains of industry. Nor for a'
professional army to be used to donquer Mexico or any other country, or
to pacify and police any other country while our captains of. Industry en
slave and exploit the toilers of that country. ,
Any kind of military preparedness means that we must have millions'
of men who not only know how to handle a gun, but who are physically;
fit to endure all the handships of war.
And that means that preparedness for the future must begin with the!
American babies who are born today and those who will be born tomorrow.
And that means conservation of the physical and mental health of
the fathers and mothers of today and tomorrow.
The very first requisite of Teal preparedness should be a national
determination that every baby born in the United States hereafter must
have the right to be born in such surroundings and under such conditions
as will give it reasonable assurance of becoming a strong, healthy man or.
woman strong and healthy both physically and mentally.
That means that every male member of the working class must be)
prepared to become not only a soldier if need be,- but a father in any event
He must have better than a living wage. He must have a wage that will
encourage him to marry and raise .babies. And, the wage that will en
courage him is the wage that will enable him to marry, to have babies and
to provide for them until they have reached full physical development
All of us know that when a nation goes to war most of the gun fodder
comes from the working class. So if we prepare for war in order to bet
sure of peace, it must be the working class that must be prepare