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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 06, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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Loge. or Penrose, or Crane, or anybody, else of the Old" Guard, with any
assurance that he can deliver. -
Whoever deals with the Old Guard for linking arms again with the
crew that manned the steam roller four years ago has to report back to
the other Prdgressives here on the job the delegates themselves. -
I have attended national conventions for many years, but none like
thfr Orchestra Hall conveation of 1912. For- the first time there appeared
to be something religiously emotional in politics. Ana I really hpped for
a reactionary nomination at the Baltimore convention, so fhat the pro
gressives in both the old parties might cast off their old uniforms and
labels, get together on the Bull Moose platforni and sweep the country,
I want that movement to live, for the break that came to the Repub
lican party in 1912 is bound to come to the Democratic party within the
next four-years. For Its organization is every bit as reactionary as the Old
Guard organization of the Republican party, and it. has been held in line
with Wilson policies largely because o? Jobs.
There are men in the Progressive party who do not regard tem
porary defeat as a calamity, if they can see that progress is being made
for the policies they believe in and are fighting for.
There are men in that party who are good waiters and who are willing
to stand all the discouragement that comes from Being ahead of the times.
Suclrmen will give the times a chance to catch up with them.
Even Teddy himself with his great magnetism and his unusual per
sonality couldn't lead such men into a deal with the Old Guard that means
sacrificing practically everything they fought for in 1912 merely to put
the Republican party back into power.
Even if the Old Guard were to let Teddy wrjte the Republican plat7x
form, and make it almost like the Progressive platform of 1912", the real'
Progressives wbn't trust those principles into the keeping of Crane, Pen
rose, Barnes, Root and the other bosses. r
That meeting of Progressive delegates yesterday indicated that the
spirit of 1912 is yet alive, and that there is a determination on the part of
free, unbossed Progressives to "Onward Christian Soldier" to another
defeat, rather than meekly march into the maw of the greedy old elephant
after checking the inspiration of 1912 at the Coliseum checkroom,-
I say that this country is going to need the real Progressive party
and the real Progressives must have 'it handy when the call comes.
There is no inspiration in the Hughes movement. All there is to it is
a desire on the part of the state bosses tOs unite Republicans and Pro
gressives on a candidate who might wih. and help the bosses and their state
machines back into power. They can't gt by with such a pussyfoot
..declaration for America first as Hughes made" yesterday. No American
sitizen could say less. - '
Anyhow, we've got to watch closely this America First and Prepared
ness stuff. The Old Guard is evidently trying to get by without defining
what they mean by Americanism or Preparedness so that each citizen
?an place his own interpretation on these very indefinite terras.
There's a wide -difference between the Americanism of Rockefeller
Morgan, Armour, Root, Penrose, Crane and BaCrnes, and ithe Americanism
pf Murdock, Pinchot, White, Garfield and many others in the Bull Moose
camp and you can't disguise the sheep and the goats by labeling them
lambs.
Even if the Perkinses and Lodges put the reactionary and progres
sive factions of the old Republican party together again they won't stay

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