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ITHE DAY BOOKS
N. D. COCHRAN
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"I WOULD HAVE FOUGHT."
America is founded on the disrespect
of authority. If we had been prop
erly respectful of King George and
the British parliament there would
have been no Declaration and no In
dependence. This disrespect of office
has come down to us in an exag
gerated degree, and every American
conceives it as his inalienable right
to criticize his public servants. Sel
dom does he consider it his duty or
his privilege to offer any meed of
In campaign years this is partict
ularly true. America must offer an
extremely humorous spectacle to the
world every four years. At such
times one has only to read the cam
paign speeches to discover that prac
tically every man in public life is de
voting his foul energies to the de
struction of this proud republic And
still we survive.
Some day a candidate for presi
dent, or even forborne lesser office, is
going to make a tremendous hit with
the American people by candidly giv
ing credit to his opponent for the
good which is in him. Some day, but
Meanwhile, of course that man
suffers most who haB done the best.
The man burdened with responsibili
ties is the man we assail. It is safe
' say that if politics and partisan-
p could be forgotten and- only hu
Lan relationships and; human cour-
' tesies remembered, nine men out ot
every ten would sympathize with
Woodrow Wilson in the difficulties he
has endured and would help him, and
perhaps commend him, in such
neighborly way as possible.
Quite aside from the really re
markable constructive achievements
of the administration, hardly any
American could help but sympathize
with the responsibilities which 100,
000,000, Americans thrust practically
upon one man and lightly go their
own way, only remembering occa
sionally to turn and throw him a
cuss-word! Whether we realize it or
not, we have tacitly put upon the
president the responsibility of decid
ing whether 100,000,000 people are
plunged into a world war, or whether
they are kept out.
Are the hundred million cognizant
of the oppressive responsibility or
grateful for the service rendered?
Listen to the spokesman of half of
the hundred million. Any listener
would think that the man of whom
we require such service is one-third
fool, one-third knave and one-third
Let every critic aBk himself hon
estly: "What would I have done to
have achieved better results had the
responsibility been mine?"
It iB easy for anyone of us to say:
"I would have said so and so. I would
have threatened thus" and thus. I
would have acj;ed and I would have
fought." Well, if any man says, or
thinks: "I would have fought," the
natural question is, why doesn't ha
If the president goes to war, one
hundred millions go to war. Such a
responsibility would and should give
any man pause.
But you, Bill or Jim, or Tom or
Teddy, any one of you may go to
war, if you must, and you need not
involve the rest of ub.
Fourteen nations welcome you to
the bloody trenches with hospitable
hands, and if you want to avenge the
Lusitania, or punish England for in-
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