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MEN WHO CANT REASON ARE STILL ON HAND
TRYING TO CRIPPLE US, SAYS RUSSELL
All such men were denounced as
agents of the armor plate trust and
low, wretched creatures.
When Germany crushed Serbia in
the fall of 1915 it was obvious to all
thinking men that the UnitedStatea
could not allow autocracy, represent
ed by Germany, to become the dom
inant force in the world, and thai
sooner or later we must fight her.
Such men were denounced aa
"British agents," "war maniacs" and
persons that "wanted to have out
boys sent to the front to be slaugh
tered." When Germany murdered the Lu
sitania passengers, when she persist
ed in her monstrous policy of mur
der, when it was plain that all at
tempts to reason with a mad dog
would be futile, when, on Jan. 31, she
proclaimed the savagery she had long
practiced, all thinking men said again
and again that this meant war for the
United States and that not a moment
should be lost in getting ready for the
Such men were denounced as de
praved advocates of brute force and
impenetrable by the sweet allure
ments of arbitration and the dreams
of W. J. Bryan.
At every stage in this progression
those that can't had their way.
Every attempt to bring congress
to its senses on universal military
training was blocked.
" Today, where is the American who
does not wish the men that can had
been listened to and the men that
can't suppressed? '
We are caught, just as we might
have known we should be.
A few days ago we started out, a
year late, to get in a hurry some ef
fective machine guns. We found that
months would be needed to supply
There is not a move we make in
this crisis that is not hampered,
lamed and cursed by the flounder?
BY CHARLES EDWARD RUSSELL
Washington, April 23. There are
two orders of mind in this world
those that can put two and two to
gether and those that can't. Born
that way, no doubt.
The principle business of those
that can't is to sit around and de
nounce those' that can denounce
them and block them and spoil any
plans they may make for the com
For some years before the Euro
pean cyclone broke, all men who had
any power of vision saw it gathering
and knew that safety required this
country to put its house of defense
in some order.
These -were denounced as too of
' Such men said that the volunteer
system was worn out and anti
quated and if this country wanted to
be able to take are of itself it must
have a citizen army.
They were denounced as "militar
ists" and advocates of the dread
spectre of a "huge standing army."
In April 1913, when Germany
adopted her extraordinary war credit
of $250,000,000, all men with any
power of vision kne,w that war was
but a question of months.
Such men were attacked as
dreamers and lunatics. The peace of
Europe was eternally fixed. There
was the Socialist party of Germany,
which would always prevent war, and
there was the kaiser, that wonder
fully serene influence. Didn't he say
that he was in favor of peace, and if
he had any intention to attack Eu
rope wouldn't he say so to every
body? Jhe moment the war broke all men
of any vision knew perfectly well that
the chances were the United States
would become involved in it and
begged the nation to take some steps
to care for itself.