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Woodrow Wils
Sea Girt, N. J,
To the Voters of America:
I am glad to have an oppo:
simply and directly why I am
ed President of the United S
deeply that this is not an an
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cnteriain i or ms own saKe.
serve a cause, and must knov
cause it is he is seeking to
The cause I am enlisted
to my own view: The Governm
States, as now bound by the
become characteristic of Re]
tion in recent years, is not
whole people impartially, a
free. It has been tied up,
or merely by unintentional
particular interests, whicl:
er, both to control the govi
trol the industrial develop]
It must be freed from such ei
liances. Until it is freed,
people as a whole. Until it
undertake any programme of
betterment, but must be chec
every turn by its patrons ai
In practically every spi
put at the front of what I h?
tion of the tariff and the qi
but not because of any thoug
because I believe the soluti
tions to lie at the very ne?
question, whether the gover
or not. The government is ]
has granted special favors
by means of the tariff. Th
special favors have been gr<
great combinations by which
prise and determine the pri<
They could not have done thii
the tariff. No party, ther
propose to take away these
prevent monopoly absolutely
country sees even so much as
riQ-nt rt-P +Vio mot Via/1 wVi i r?V> "t
to be set free.
The control to which tar
led, both in the field of po
field of business, is what h;
odious feature of our prese
tion, namely, the absolute c
ful bosses. Bosses cannot <
ness alliances. With them
distinguishable from busine
their control because they i
who wish their assistance i:
tracts, in order to obtain s
advantages, in order to prev
will interfere with monopol
joyment of special exemptio
ical leaders, not backed by r
by securely intrenched spec
would be entirely manageabli
powerless. By freeing the
fore, we at the same time br
boss. He trades, he does no
ranges, he does not lead. H
what the people are to do; h
their agent or servant, but
For him the real business of
under cover.
The same means that will
free from the influences wh
ion's Message to
, Oct. 19, 1912. contrc
rtunity to state very substi
seeking to be elect- of a si
tates. I feel very would
ibition a man should manage
He must seek to buoyar
v very clearly what With t
serve. restoi
in lies very plain Mo
ent of the United set up
policies which have under
publican administra- ment c
free to serve the The go
nd it ought to be set things
whether deliberately safegu
development, with the co
1 have used their pow- it can
ernment and to con- distir
ment of the country. opinio
itanglements and al- the co
it cannot serve the intims
is freed, it cannot terest
social and economic lister
iked and thwarted at origir
id masters. Intere
eech that I make, I must b
ive to say the ques- tion a
lestion of the trusts, Th
;ht of party strategy, ing to
.on of these ques- Democr
irt of the bigger its af
nment shall be free the ot
not free because it of a fi
to particular classes poses
e men to whom these of the
anted have formed It is ti
to control enter- merely
t govern. He are
sets the stage for
ie does not act as
as their director.
' politics is done
set the government
ich now constantly
jes of commodities. tion o
s had it not been for a litt
efore, which does not a ques
special favors and every
in the markets of the fast a
the most elementary busine
;he government is either
'iff legislation has remedy
litics and in the them,
as uroduced the most trnqt ?
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nt political situa- prices
lomination of power- ency b
sxist without busi- contro
politics is hardly petito
ss. Bosses maintain when t
are allied with men and coi
n order to get con- of the
ipecial legislative either
ent reforms which sivef 1
y or with their en- Sui
ns. Merely as polit- 0f the
noney, not supported point <
ial interests, bosses merely
3 and comparatively They a:
government, there- tion wl
eak the power of the What w;
> the American People
>1 it would set industry free. The enter
and initiative of all Americans would be
.tuted for the enterprise and initiative
nail group of them. Economic democracy
take the place of monopoly and selfish
iment. American industry would have a new
icy of hope, a new energy, a new variety,
he restoration of freedom would come the
ation of opportunity.
reover, an administration would at last be
m Washington, ana a legislative regime,
which real programmes of social betterould
be undertaken as they cannot now.
vernment might be serviceable for many
> It might assist in a hundred ways to
lard the lives and the health and promote
mf ort and the happiness of the people ; but
do these things only if its actions be
iterested, only if they respond to public
>n, only if those who lead government see
untry as a whole, feel a deep thrill of
ite sympathy with every class and every in,
in it, know how to hold an even hand and
i to men of every sort and quality and
i, in taking counsel what is to be done.
X. X J- A X- x _ X _
isj. musx noL i ignL against interest. mere
e a common understanding and a free acill
e reason that I feel justified in appealthe
voters of this country to support the
atic party at this critical juncture in
fairs is that the leaders of neither of
her parties propose to attack the problem
^ee government at its heart. Neither proto
make a fundamental change in the policy
government with regard to tariff duties,
irith both of them in respect of the tariff
a question of more or less, merely a quesf
lopping off a little here and amending
le there; while with the Democrats it is
tion of principle. Their object is to cut
special favor out, and cut it^out just as
s it can be cut out without upsetting the
iss processes of the country. Neither does
of the other parties propose seriously to
b the supremacy of the trusts. Their only
' is to accept the trusts and regulate
notwithstanding the fact that most of the
i are so constructed as to insure high
i, because they are not based upon efficiut
upon monopoly. Their success lies in
I. The competition of more efficient comirs,
not loaded down by the debts created
he combinations were made, would embarrass
nquer them. The Trusts want the protection
government, and are likely to get it if
' the Republican or the so-called 'Progresparty
rely this is a cause. Surely the questions
pending election, looked at from this
of view, rise into a cause. They are not
the debates of a casual party contest,
re the issues of life and death to a naaich
must be free in order to be strong.
ill patriotic men do?

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