t Well, here's some dope. Mucli of this preparedness agitation ' lent:
I for DEFENSE of this country against a possible attack by Germany or
Japan, but is really preparedness for the CONQUEST OP MEXICO. -
We're getting ready to organize that army of 500,000 U. S. soldiers
to march across, the border and GRAB MEXICO.
Wilson won't .grab Mexico. He won't stand for anybody else doing
it, and is determined that Uncle Sam shall keep the faith with our South j
American neighbors, '
So that part of Big Biz that has millions at stake in Mexican con
. cessions has given up all hope of forcing Wilson to do it's will and is now ':
" making a. big play to put Roosevelt over as the man who grabbed Panama
and who won't be afraid to grab Mexico. '
Of course it wouldn't do to tell- the folks that we need a big army fox'
' the conquest of Mexico. It would set better on the national stomach to i
prepare to defend our homes from German and Japanese attacks. - A big a
navy could take" care of attacks by sea, .but a big navy couldn't grab Mex- 1
ico. ,We would need a. big army for that ' 1 j
And what Big Biz really wants more than anything else by way o
preparedness for the work it has in mind is an army big enough to cross 1
the border, grab Mexico and march on down the line to the Panama canaL
The Old Guard of-1912 has the delegates to the G. O. P. convention, j
, but the captains of industry haye the coin. And they will put the pressure! i
' i on Penrose, Barnes, Crane and the entire outfit, of delegate-controlling
- . Saturday's parade was part of the game. Similar parades are being
-worked up in other cities, and millions will be spent to work the American
people into a frenzy of patriotism and then a big army, big enough to
grab Mexico, and start this republic in on a mad career of conquest.
But the Rockefeller-Morgan agents faje situation controlled by;
state bosses, who want to nominate any candidate who can beat Wilson
.They want a candidate who pan win and help them carry their state ma-
chines back into power. These bosses are afraid T. R. can't win.
The bosses are willing to nominate Hughes, who is clearly the leading
' ' candidate so far as sentiment among the delegates goes. But the Pro
gressives won't nominate Hughes unless he comes out first and flat-foot-
odly on their platform or makes a declaration that will satisfy them. And
Hughes can't lay aside his supreme court dignity long enough to makq
i such an open bid for the nomination. j
The Old Guard have put it up to the Bull Moosers to nominate HugheS j
first and let the G. O. P. trail, letting the B. M.'s have the credit of appear- j
ing to have forced the nomination of Hughes by the G. O. P. But thei
B. M.'s refuse to fall for that and what holds the Old Guard in check i j
the threat off a third ticket again headed by T. R., who can't refuse to run, l
as a Bull Mooser again if the men who stuck to him in 1912 insist
: - . Perkins can't deliver the Bull Moosers, even though he might be dis-
posed to deal with the bosses of the Old Guard. There are too many men! I
" with minds of their own in the Progressive party too many leaders who. j
'-. . won't sacrifice principle for a victory. , j
Perkins can't lead the Bull Moose chorus singing "Onward Christian"
t Soldiers," and lead band into Standard Oil headquarters at '26 Broadway.
" " Here's the situation today the Old Guard has about 570 hand-picked
! delegates who would go jump in the lake on orders. All the flags and 1
newspapers in town can't stampede 'em to Teddy. They'll go to him only
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