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Official Publication of the National Nonpartisan League in the State of Montana
THE .5:,NTANA NONPARTISAN VOLUME 2 GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1915. NUMBER 14 FIGHTING PROGRAM IN FULL RECONSTRUCTION SENTIMENT FULLY AND FORCIBLY EXPRESSED. CONVENTIONS CONTRIBUTION TO POST-WAR ACTIVITIES AN HISTORIC DOCUMENT THE PREAMBLE THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS in the world war just closing, have paid with the offering of their lives, for a last ing peace under a world democracy. WITHOUT THEIR SACRIFICESi the utter ruin of the properties, the industries and civilization of the world, must have been inevitable. For the defense and preservation of these, they have paid the highest prices: and hence, our claim for their full participation in the government, for equal industrial and educational opportunities, for free access to the natural resources, for protection against industrial oppression and monopolistic extertion, must be made a claim prior to every other possible claim on the properties, on the industries, and on the civil powers of the nation. THE PRIVATIONS and the services of the women who took the places of the absent men in the shops and on the farms; the toilers either too young or too old for the tasks undertaken by them; the families suffering for lack of income, the little children for lack of care; the lOwered standards of living because of ruthless profiteering involving higher costs for the means of life-all these present instances of heroism are not excelled even by our sons and brothers in the trenches of Europe. THE SOLDIERS and sailors fought for political and industrial democracy away from home, and their families toiled and sacrificed tor the same cause- AT home, NOT that they themselves might possess its benefits to the exclusion of any others; but in order that equality of rights and of opportunities between the nations and within the nations, might be established. PERSONAL OPPRESSION, Monopolistic extortion, special priveleges granted to one and special disadvantages enforced upon others, are the fruitful causes of disorders within the nations and of war between the nations. THE ONLY EXCUSE for SECRET DIPLOMACY, is the purpose to establish or to maintain in secret, that which would not be permitted , were it known. Secret diplomacy has been the means by which international wrongs have been perpetrated, and international wars made inevitable. THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE of the NATIONAL NONPARTISAN LEAGUE, in annual meeting assembled, therefore pledge their support to the following. THE PROGRAM 1. A PEACE PROGRAM maut be adopted which will make aý end of war by creating a world democracy, not by substituting one despotism for another. A United States of the World, by consent and not by conquest. 2. A RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM must be adopted which will provide employment for all, reduce the cost of living, maintain earnings of labor and of primary producers, make an end of mon oply extortion, and redeem the state and national governments from the autocratic control of monopo lies, and in this way make this nation safe for democracy. 3. THE TERMINATION of the present national control of railwaysa,nd all other public utilities and industries as war measures, not by returning the properties to private 'monopolies, but by NA TIONAL OWNERSHIP, which shall be extended to include all means of transportation and commu nication and all other undertakings which in their nature must be either great private monopolies, or public enterprises. 4. EMPLOYMENT FOR THE UNEMPLOYED in co-operation with organized labor through gov ernment' works in such enterprises as road building; forestry and timber and fuel production; flood protection; and land reclamation. The national improvement with buildings, stock and machinery, of reclaimed or purchased lands, to be sold as going concerns, on long time amortized payments, to return ing soldiers, and to others able to make small initial payments. All such undertakings to be provided with free schools for vocational training. "That Government of the People by the People , and for the People, might not Perish from off the Earth" 5. THE COMPLETE ENFRANOHISEMENT of women, with equal opportunities with men, and equal pay for equal services. 6. The national government should make loans to the state governments on state bonds, secured by first mortgages upon real estate, in order that farmers can get loans from the state at cost, and, also upon the real and personal property of state-owned utilities, enterprises or industries, in amounts not to exceed one-half of their real value. 8. THE IMMEDIATE ABANDONMENT of all interference with the political rights of employes in the public service, or the exercise of any further postoffice censorship. 9. THE NATIONAL DEBT created by the war should be liquidated and to that end there should be an income and inheritance tax, graduated upward from five thousand dollars until all incomes above one hundred thousand dollars per annum, and all inheritances above that amount, shall be appropriat ed for that purpose, until the debt is paid; and all incomes not accounted for, and all income-producing properties securities and inheritance, not listed for this purpose shall be forfeited to the government. 10. THE RIGHTS of labor surrendered for patriotic reasons, must be restored; and laws limiting civil rights of the people as war measures, must be repealed. 11. THE USE OF THE MAILS, telegraphs, telephones, express companies and banks, shall be de nied for making sales of goods, properties, investments or securities, except for direct delivery by the owner or his authorized agent, and then of the specific goods, properties, investments or securities in volved, in order to eliminate gambling and speculation in necessities of life.