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Saturday, November 2, 1912 19
EL PASO HERALD
Election is but two days distant.
The issue is clearcut. There need be no complicating
problems injected into the campaign by those who wish to
muddy the waters of public thinking.
It is Roosevelt against Wilson the constructive against
the destructive elements of American political history. Taft
is eliminated from the present presidential race. All but
his press agents admit this in moments of candid self con
fession. The-personal element in this great political cam
paign is. to be considered as much as the platforms upon which
these two men are striving for the presidency.
Teddy Tried and True.
Roosevelt has been tried by the supreme judges of
American achievement, the American people themselves.
Selected to fill the place vacated by president McKinley,
Roosevelt rceeived the endorsement of the people of the
United States at the next election and his reelection was al
most unanimous. This is the best test of American states
manship. What Roosevelt did during two terms stands be
fore the world today as the greatest epoch in contemporary
American history. He fought the people's fight against
special privilege. Wall street was opposed to him and is
still opposed to him in his present fight for the people. There
is no element of doubt regarding Roosevelt or the things for
which he stands.
. Can as much be said for Prof. Wilson, the Democratic
candidate for the presidency? A college professor bred amid
college environment and primarily a teacher Wilson knows
little of the executive side of the high office to which he
aspires. What has his career as governor of New Jersey
given to the country at large? What has he done to elevate
the state which is known as 6ne of the trust ridden communi
ties of the country?
Roosevelt made the most of his opportunities when he
was elevated from the office of vice president to that of
president. Wilson has not done as much. He has been
given a practical test in his home state with conditions ideally
favorable for a great term as the state's chief executive. Yet
he has accomplished no more than those who came before
and those who follow after. Having failed to rise to the
occasion in this, his first practical test of American political
life, it follows logically that Wilson will fill the presidential
chair as it has been filled during the past three and a half
years by a safe president and nothing more.
Taft promised much before he was elected. He also
spoke much of tariff reforms and of the reduction of the high
cost of living. He has failed because he is not of the type
which develops great executives able to cope with situations
as they exist and not as they would have them be or as they
are said to be in ponderous books of law and economics.
Roosevelt delivered the goods. Taft failed to follow his
lead and has been eliminated because of this failure. Roose
velt is standing again for election, not because he covets the
high office but because he has been chosen as the leader of a
great moral and social movement, the greatest since the
Civil war. Principles and not personalities are what he is
fighting for. Twice president, the executive office and
honors mean nothing more to this great man, whom the
world has acclaimed. He accepted this leadership because
he believed that it would go forward better with him at its
head than with anyone else. Had he thought otherwise he
would have gladly stepped aside for another. At Milwaukee
when he had been shot and did not know but that he was
makingNhis last speech he said that it was the cause that
"I am in this cause with my whole heart and soul," he
said. "I believe in the Progressive movement a movement
for the betterment of mankind." That is Roosevelt's position
in sentence. The cause is the big thing with him and he is
giving the best he has; even his lifeblood for that cause. Yet
carpers accuse him of selfishness. Qan a man stand and ad
dress a meeting with his own warm blood wetting his shirt
and yet be selfish? Men were never made like that and no
one will deny that Roosevelt is a Man.
Platforms mean little in these days of broken promises
and party pledges. The platform of the Progressive party
is more than that. It is, as it was announced to be, a contract
with the people. The Republican party promised much in
its platform upon which Taft was elected. Little has been
done to fulfill this promise which is a pledge between the
people and the party and stands as a broken promise. Little
more can be expected from the Wilson platform which
promises nothing tangible.
Even the tariff plan is ambiguous, although the Demo-,
cratic Darty'has made much of the elimination of the tariff
and the reduction of the high cost of living thereby. Roosevelt has been tested in the name
of public life and has never been found wanting. His word has never been broken and he
stands ready to back up all the Progressive covenant has promised. It is for this reason
that the moneyed interests are opposed to him as they are favorable to Wilson now that
Taft has been eliminated from the race. They know Roosevelt of old. Taking his big
stick he has clubbed the trusts and the monied interests into obeying the law. He not only
promises this but more. He will see that laws are enacted which will make it possible to
regulate these trusts and force them to cease illegal practices which they have enjoyed
during the Taft regime and would continue to enjoy if Wilson was elected. They know
and fear Roosevelt, for he has the pun6h and the moral courage behind this punch
to put it home when it is directed against a lawbreaker, big or little.
People Vs. Special Interests. . .
The Progressive party does not qualify its pledges which are included in this con
tract with the people. There are no "ifs" in the covenant which was drawn .at Chicago
Some of the Notable Achievements of the
Dolliver-Hepburn Railway Act.
Extension of Forest Reserve.
National Irrigation Act
Improvement of Waterways.'
Reservation of Water-Powerskes.
Employers Liability Act
Safety appliance Act. " ' '-
Regulation of R. R. Employes Hour of Labor.
Establishment of Dept. of Commerce and Labor.
Pure Food and Drugs Act.
Federal Meat Inspection.
Navy Greatly increased in efficiency.
Battleship Fleet Sent Around the World.
Canal Zone Acquired and Work Begun.
Development of Civil Self povt. in Island Pos
sessions. Second Intervention in Cuba.
Cuba Restored to Cubans.
Finances of Santo Domingo Straightened.
Alaska Boundary Dispute Settled.
Reorganization of the Consular Service.
Settlement of the Coal Strike of 1902.
Northern Securities Decision.
Conviction of P. O. Grafters.
Conviction of Public Land Thieves.
Directed investigation of Sugar Trust Customs -Frauds.
Suits Begun Against Standard Oil and Tobacco
Corporations Forbidden to Contribute to Cam
28 Keeping the Door of China Open to American
29 Bringing About Settlement of Russo-Japanese
30 Negotiating Twenty-four Treaties of Arbitration.
31 Reduction of Interest Bearing Debt by More
32 Inauguration of Conservation of Natural Re
33 Inauguration of Annual Conference of Gov
34 Inauguration of Improvement of Country -Life
Reform of Banking and Currency System
Income Tax. ,
Passage of New Employers Liability Act -to
meet Objections Raised by Supreme. Court.
Postal Savings Banks. ., v
Parcels Post. v "
Revision of Sherman Anti Trust Act.
Legislation to Prevent Over capitalization and
Stock Watering by Common Carrier.
Legislation compelling Incorporation Under Fed
eral Laws of Corporations Engaged in In
The Roosevelt-Johnson Progressive
Club of El Paso9 Texas.
and upon which the Progressive party is making its great
fight for the cause. When it says that reforms will be ob
tained for the workingman in order that he and not the
capitalist will reap the benefits of such labor it does
not qualify this pledge by saying that it will be carried out
if the courts permit. Believing that the people are the fun
damental judges, the Progressive party demands such re
strictions of the power of the courts that wrong may not
triumph and honest right and the will of the people lose.
This new Progressive party has none of the evils of
the two older parties. Regardless of former party affilia
tions men may join this Progressive movement with the as
surance that it stands for all that is good and none that is
evil. There is no machine rule or bossism connected with
this great moral uplift movement. The people will rule
with the ascendency of the Progressive party, for it is of the
people and by the people. Taft's crowd at Chicago over
ruled the expressed wish of the great Republican majority
. and nominated him, when Roosevelt had been acclaimed
by the primaries.
The Baltimore convention which nominated Wilson
was little better. Machines ruled both. Tom Taggart was
at Baltimore in the saddle as the Wall street crowd was at
Chicago. No such influence affected the Progressive party
convention. It was an expression of the whole people just as
the election will be an expression of the whole people in
favor of the man in whom they believe. This party and its
'great hero-leader is going oVer the heads of the machine
politicians, the men who have controlled public' affairs so
long. They are appealing to the people.
A New Deal and a Square One.
You are the people. Your vote for Roosevelt and the
Progressive party means a vote for clean government by the
people and for the people, not by the politicians for the
bosses. What that Progressive party is it has been made
so by the people with their support. What Roosevelt is to
day, one of the greatest men of the world, he has been made
by these same people because they believe in him and be
causevthey believe he is sincere and honest and because they
know that he is making the fight he is for the right, their
right to live and breathe and be happy without the consent
of the bosses and money powers.
A great man is leading a great cause. A vote for him
is a vote for honesty in politics, a new deal and a square one.
Progressive Party State Ticket.
A vote for the following ticket is a vote for Roosevelt,
the Progressive party and right:
For Governor . .-.-!--,:..---. Ed C. Lasater, of Fatfurrias
For Lieutenant Governor, W. H. Featherston, of Henrietta
For Comptroller . ....... .. George E. Kepple, of Houston
For Attorney General ... Henry Lee Borden, of Houston
For State Treasurer . ......i.X: S. McBride, of Dallas
For Commissioner of Agriculture,, r.i.yM,1.f.i.1
:. ....,.,. w.-i.. Harvey C. Stiles, of San Marcos
For Railroad Commissioner, O. S. Newell, of San Antonio
For Associate Justice Supreme Court
(2 year term) mw.. J. M. McCormick of Dallas
(4 year term) 1.f.-r-.-T.J..i .;.U. S. Goen, of El Paso
For Congressman at Large (1 ) . .'Z.!T, WTiite, of El Paso
For Congressman at Large ,(2), F- M. Etheridge,' of Dallas
Electors at Larger . "PT". ' '-
F. H. Hill, of Panhandle
. C. W. Hutchinson, of Fort WortR -,;
T. J. Martin, of Spofford. .-.
C. A. Gray, of Bonham. -
1 J. M. Singleton, of Jefferson:
2 EG. Christian, of Batson.
3 J. L. Jackson, of Tyler.
4 J. T. Stark, of Piano. N
' ',5 A. C. Wilson, of Dallas.
6 Tyler Haswell, of Bryan.
7 George W. Burkitt, Sr.r of Palestine.
8 Walter B. Sharpe, of Houston.
9 Max P. Schorre, of Runge.
1 0 George H. East, of San Marcos.
1 1 M. W. Risinger, of Purmela.
12 W. P. Hallmark, of Dublin.
1 3 Pat Dooling, of Quanah.
14 William L. Stiles, of San Antonio.
1 5 John C. Scott, of Corpus Christi.
16 H.A.Baker, of Albany.