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IS ANYBODY RUNNING FOR OFFICE WHO
WANTS TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE?
By N. D. Cochran. r
( Doubtless you have noticed that The Day Book hasn't worked itself ,
into a frenzy over the spring election.
The reason is that Chicago politics is too far away for me. I see no ,:
way for the people to get their hands on it. Anyhow, not this year, "
If I could be sure any candidate for alderman in any ward, for instance,""' '
actually wanted to represent the people, then I'd be glad, to say so. And I ,
wouldn't care whether he happened to be a Democrat, Republican, Progres- t
sive, Socialist or Independent.
But most of the candidates appear to represent some boss or faction
and expect to keep on doing so after election. So what's the use?
Men have been elected before as Hearst-Harrison cadets, as Sullivan,
West, Lorimer, Lawson or some other kind of cadets. And they took their .. .
orders from the boss, faction or newspaper they happened to be hitched
I haven't noticed any of them working overtime to represent the people.
Even the candidates endorsed bythe Municipal Voters' League or other
reform organizations represent the business instead of the peopje of 5
In the eye of the officeholders in Chicago, the business men are the
people and 'the men, women and children who work and make Chicago
are nothing afrall. ' .
Maybe that's because the newspapers represent Big Business instead
of the people. And why land is the dearest and human life is the cheapest
thing in Chicago.
Mayor Harrison was elected as aDemocrat, Busse as a Republican, and "
both represented business interests, instead'of the people. '
Every time there was trouble between employers and employes the
police force was lined up to fight the battle-of the employer and to .help club
employes into submission.
And little business is in the same fix as the workers. Big Business is
in the loop. Hence the loop is Chicago.-
So Chicago must be governed by the loop, even if the wages of . police- rr'
men, firemen and street cleaners have to be cut 20 per cent and the whole ''
town is filthy dirty outside the loop or out where Big Business sleeps at -night
or runs its autos in the day time.
If the aldermen outside of the, loop would faithfully represent the ped--pie
who elect them, the. loop couldn't govern Chicago for the loop.. The-
loop felt it ought to have. iz w.
But the big advertisers are in the loop and the newspapers are in the
loop. And the people all over town-get their information about politics andr"
politicians from the loop newspapers.
The people form their political opinions on the information about men '"'
and affairs that they get in the newspapers. The opinions-may be honest "
enough, but they may be based omdishonest and misleading information.-
Too many voters in Ghicago let the newspapers do their thinking and
voting for them. The newspapers pretend to tell officeholders what the-"'3'
people want, but it's only what the newspapers want the people to want,"'!1'