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"Do you think we give him an inferiority complex?"
On Truman's inaugural
By Henry Wallace
It was the earnest hope of the people of America and the
world that President Truman would dedicate his new administra
tion to the establishment of a common ground of understanding
with Russia as a basis for peace in one world. That hope was
kindled by his statement in Kansas City on Dec.
27 when he expressed confidence that all out
standing differences with Russia could be resolved
and the cold war ended during his term of office.
Today, Pres. Truman shattered that hope.
Nothing has occurred since Dec. 27 to require a
change in the position the President then took,
except statements from Russian spokesmen reit
erating their desire to find the basis for mutual
understanding. Today the President gave his
answer. It comes closer to a declaration of war
* than the inaugural address any peace-time rresi
Wallace dent in our history. His statement that capitalism
and communism cannot live together in one world makes war
the only eventual alternative.
STEP TOWARD WAR
President Truman makes it plain that no effort will be made
to arrive at a peaceful understanding with Russia for the settle
ment of differences. Instead, he proposes measures which will
irrevocably split the world into two hostile camps in preparation
for war. He asks for a treaty establishing a North Atlantic Military
Alliance aimed at Russia, and authority to use American military
equipment and military advice to arm western Europe for war.
This grave step would violate the unbroken tradition of 150 years
against involvement in peacetime military alliances outside of the
Western Hemisphere.
It is important for Americans to recognize that the armed
conflict for which the President is asking the country to prepare
is a war against almost half of the people of the globe—the two
hundred and fifty million inhabitants of Russia and eastern
Europe, the five hundred million Chinese people who are about
to establish a coalition government with Communist participation, |
and |the millions in western Europe and Asia who are adherents
of sojme form of Marxist socialism.
The conspicuous failure of American policy in China and
Greece, not mentioned in the President’s address, is convincing
proof that we cannot successfully fight ideas with guns. Yet, the
President’s only answer is to call for more guns.
A-BOMB BEHIND FINE WORDS
The President calls for a “bold new program for making the
benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress avail
able for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas.”
These are fine words with which I and all men of good will would
be in complete agreement. But it is evident from the President’s
address that the scientific advance we are preparing to give half
th world is the atomic bomb. So long as that is our purpose, help
to other underdeveloped areas can only take the form of a thinly
veiled imperialism under cover of which great American corpora
tions will exploit the backward peoples of the world.
The program which President Truman proposes spells a
permanent Federal budget in excess of $45 billions a year, with
increasing amounts devoted to armaments and war preparations.
The American people will be called upon to pay the cost of that
program through the sacrifice of the domestic retorms which the
President promised during the election campaign, lower living
standards, greater insecurity and the loss of basic freedoms.
No statement by any American leader has ever so clearly
spelled eventual bankruptcy for our nation.
We of the Progressive Party insist that there is an alternative
course. Speaking for the conscience of the peace-loving people of
America, we insist that the two systems of capitalism and com
munism can and must live together in one world of peace. We
declare that if, as we believe, our American system is superior,
it must demonstrate that superiority by giving to the people who
live under it greater abundance, freedom and security.
NOT TOO LATE YET
All Americans who love peace and are attached to the prin
ciples on which the United Nations was founded must make their
voices heard, and heard now, in opposition to the fatal steps which
President Truman has proposed. It is not yet too late for a con
ference between the President and Premier Stalin to compose
Soviet-American differences and end the cold war. To protect
their own security and freedom, and guard world peace, all
Americans must demand that this course be taken, while time
still remains.
TALK THAT Marshall Field
readying a new morning Chica
go Sun. The new operation
would be a full-size eight
column rag like the original
Sun. Meanwhile, the Sun-Times
tabloid would continue on its
around-the-clock spin. If any
reader detects a method short of
madness in this blueprint, please
report it to this column prompt
ly.
—O—
This is the last column Ol’
Pete turns out for you and he is
sad. This columnist’s only gripe!
about the switch to the National
Guardian (see page one) is that
if he wants to catch your eye
hereafter he’ll have to take out
a want ad.
So before Mrs. Williams’s son
Peter becomes the latest victim
of the layoff wave, he wants to
show you a sampling of a
dictionary he is compiling for
Chicagoans. Here is why you
should watch for it on your
newsstand:
STREETCAR NAMED CTA:
A scientific principle which
states that though the distance
between two points may be the
longest imaginable, so is the
fare, so you break even in the
end. Leaves something to be de-,
sired.
ALDERMAN: Man who owns
a real estate office, garbage
cans, a legal piece of Chicago
and a rotating chair in City Hall.
Not to be confused with a ward
committeeman who owns an
alderman.
SIDEWALK: A public enter
prise kept in good repair, where
possible, to receive citizens leap
ing from windows of homes on
fire. The latter are often in poor
repair, because they are private
enterprise and therefore outside
the field of public interests.
SALES TAX: Small daily con
tributions restricted to those
who purchase manufactured
items, such as food. Purpose is
to relieve corporations from
need of paying taxes, lest they
move elsew’here, thus leaving
the entire state unemployed and
we would have to pay r. sales
tax to raise money for relief
checks.
Looking at
By Rod Holmgren
APPARENTLY the State CIO leadership smells the “meat
a’cookin,’’ just like Democrat Paul Powell of Vienna. Minutes
of the Illinois CIO Council executive board for Nov. 11 contained
this interesting passage.
“Chairman Germano stated that as a result <
of our victory, some people may go to the
Democratic Party for patronage, using the name 1
of CIO. The CIO is not a patronage-seeking or- |
ganization, but we are vitally interested in see- (
ing that organized labor is represented in cer
tain key places, so we can protect the interests
of the workers and seek further gains. It was
moved, seconded and carried that the Demo
cratic Party be informed that if any patronage m
is to be awarded CIO, it should be screened through the State
Council offices.”
In other words, CIO isn’t looking for patronage, but if
there’s any around, it would like to see that it’s properly used.
Sun-Times and Herald-Ameri
can gave big play to story some
400 persons spending winter days
in Florida and California are
drawing jobless benefits from
Illinois. Implied in the promi
nence given the story was the
idea there’s something wrong
about it. Fact is, most of the 400
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are vacation-land workers —
bartenders, waiters, hotel work
ers and musicians. If the Chica
go editors think any jobless
worker has a fancy time in
either Florida or California on
$20 a week jobless benefits, we
suggest they try it some time,
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ILLINOIS trade unionists have reason for particular concern over
fact Sen. Scott Lucas (D. III.) is the new Senate majority leader.
In that post, he will be expected to lead the fight for Pres. Tru
man’s program, including Taft-Hartley repeal, in Congress.
Lucas’ congressional score shows he has a long-time anti-labor
record. In 1943 he voted for the Smith-Connally anti-strike bill,
which FDR vetoed. In 1946 he voted for the Case anti-labor bill
and in 1947 he voted FOR the Taft-Hartley Act.
-A.
President Soderstrom of Illi
nois Federation of Labor has
written every member of Illinois
House of Representatives asking
them to vote for HR 17, intro
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duced by Rep. Robert H. Allison.
Measure would memorialize na
tional Congress to repeal Taft
Hartley. Purpose of Soderstrom
letter is to get our state reps on
record in a roll-call vote. Great!
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WATCH for squabbles among -right-wing CIO leaders over
support for activities of CIO-PAC as against those of ADA_
Americans for Democratic Action.
PAC Director Jack Kroll told CAW leaders in Milwaukee the
other day to “lay off” ADA activities, despite the fact CAW
President Reutber is one of the most aggressive pushers of ADA.
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MORIS BIALIS, manager of Chicago Joint Board, ILGWU,
left this week for London, where he will attend conference
of the World’s Clothing Worker’s Federation. First time WCWF
has met since 1928.
Before he left Balis said: “We want to learn from the ex
perience of clothing workers in other countries and share our
experiences with them in promoting peace and prosperity.” Also
present, he said, will be needle trades unionists from England,
France, Belgium and the Scandinavian countries. Hmm. Maybe
they’ve thrown the needles away in Italy, Czechoslovakia, Ger
many, Poland, Palestine, etc? Or maybe they’ve stopped wearing
clothes?
Political Pot..... by Bernie Asbel
WORTH speculating on is
whether Illinois Bell Tele
phone is rounding up aldermen
to call off the dogs. The city cor
poration counsel has given the
phone company its strongest op
position so far in hearings on the
rate boost. Illinois Bell is per
spiring even under this liim.ed
measure.
At tne last j
city council'
meeting, E. G. I
Carr, phone]
company spe
\ c i a 1 contract I
\ manager, sat
I in a reserved
\ seat just be
j hind the alder
! men More
than a dozen key lawmakers,
one by one, huddled with Carr
ir earnest conversation.
One alderman slapped Carr’s
back when their confab was
over, and whispered in jovial
humor: “What are you trying, to
do? Buy us off?”
Joke.
——o ■
THE bipartisan game pays off
in more ways than one, for
those who like to play it.
Former Rep. Everett Dirksen,
of Pekin, 111. was all set, come
election, for a good job in Paul
Hoffman’s ECA setup in Europe.
It was to be repayment by Tom
Dewey for the congressman’s
lone wolf Dewey support in the
Illinois delegation at the Repub
lican convention.
Dewey’s loss looked like Dirk
sen’s loss. But now Dirksen is
about to be offered a good job
anyhow in Paul Hoffman’s ECA
setup. This time by Paul Hoff
man.
“—o—
COOK County job holders
missed out on a trip to
Washington for the Truman in
augural. Election fight for county
officers too hot to leave behind.
~ O "
PROGRESSIVE-American La
bor Congressman Vito Mar
cantino was guest at a private
party in New York commemo
rating one year since Henry
Wallace announced his presi
dential candidacy.
Called upon for a few re
marks, Marc referred to four
years from now when he fore
saw “Henry Wallace sworn in
as President of the United
States—and yours truly as the
speaker of the House of Repre
sentatives.’’
You’ll see on page one of this
issue that you will be getting
the National Guardian at your
home every week. It will take
the place of The Standard and
its features—including this one.
Those who have been reading
the Guardian know it for the
fine people’s paper that it is.
Many readers of The Standard
have said they felt the need of
more national and international
news together with their infor
mation on local campaigns. The
Guardian, with special Illinois
coverage added to its regular
material, will answer that need.
But the day must come soon
when Illinois progressives can
weld themselves strongly enough
together to support a vigorous
journal of their own with finan
cial stability and broad, com
plete news coverage. There is
no comparable weapon.
That day will come when pro
gressives root themselves in the
city and state with strong po
litical stability and broad com
munity ties—with friends, neigh
bors and brothers in the shops.
That is the most wholesome
guarantee for forward looking
politics—and for forward look
ing journalism.
THE ILLINOIS
is owned and published weekly by
The Illinois Progressive Publishing
Co., Inc., 187 N. LaSalle St., Chi
cago 1, 111. Phone: RAndolph
6-9270.
METZ P. LOCHARD.Editor
ROD HOLMGREN.Managing Editor
JOSEPH PERSILY.General Manager
Entered as second class matter October 5,
1948, at the post office at Chicago, Illinois,
under the Act of March 3. 1879.

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