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Watch On The
POTOMAC
by
Robt. G. Spivack
MR. TRUMAN AND THE LIB
ERALS—There was a time when
the old-line Democratic party
Vosses used to take the attitude
that they would let the party’s
1 berals speak their piece because
it would do no harm and might
do a lot of good around election
time.
When the victory was won the
old hacks would immediately re
sume their role as spoilsmen and
say, in effect, “Liberal, go home:
you are really a socialist-in-dis
guise. We don't need you any
more, you’re just in the way.”
Some of this attitude is under
standable.
I would not for a moment deny
that there is a good deal of intol
erance among people who use
“liberal rhetoric” nor that there
are “liberals” who love humanity
in general, but hate people in
particular.
Yet as I read and re-read for
mer President Truman’s remarks
before the Democratic Advisory
Council meeting in New York I
feel that what he is reflecting is
the politics of a “machine man"
more than anything else.
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The liberals are handy to have
around wh. n the Old Guard
needs someone to “tell the voters"
what the “difference” is between
the Republican and Democratic
parties. They are useful for ex
plaining “issues” in the realm of
foreign policy, or high-interest
rates or interpreting the signifi
cance of Nehru’s moves against
Red China.
But they are a damned nuis
ance when thev begin talking
about the “munitions lobby” and
waste in the Pentagon. They are
pests when they insist on cutting
military expenditures abroad and
investing foreign aid funds in
useful projects. They are abso
lutely intolerable when they say
Lyndon Johnson and Sam Ray
burn run Congress like a private
club for oil, bank and munitions’
lobbyists. They are subversive if
they think revenues from off
shore oil should go to build pub
lic schools.
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WHAT ARE THEIR OTHER
CRIMES?—Mr. Truman spoke in
New York, after attending a cock
tail party given by Carmine De
Sapio, the Tammany boss and
national committeeman. I wasn’t
there so I don’t know what Car
mine told HST.
But I have known DeSapio for
many years and watched him
make his way through New
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been a smooth talker, but he has
never been a “liberal” on any
major issue that I can remember.
That is, unless the word “liberal”
is stretched to include tolerance
of mobsters as district leaders
and hoodlum politicians as sec
retaries to criminal court jus
tices.
He latched on to Ayerell Har
riman, when that political novice
was innocent enough to think
that he “needed” DeSapio; where
as it was always the other way
around. Harriman did not set the
state on fire, but I suspect the
voters did not so much reject
him as they did DeSapio. I do
not underestimate Nelson Rocke
feller’s charms or ability as a
candidate. But Harriman’s de
feat mav not have been so ignom
inious if he had not looked mere
ly like a front man for this vain
political boss.
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Now DeSapio is learning in
New York that those liberals who
lent their names and respectabil
ity to the party for so long —
Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Leh
man and Thomas Finletter—are
insisting the policies they believe
in and stand for should be taker
seriously. In short, they are tired
of being “used.”
So far as the old-line politicians
are concerned, the revolt of the
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| THEATRE
By
Cyrus Adler
HEARTBREAK HOUSE is a
play based on social problems
and can hold us only when the
problems dealt with interest us.
Shaw’s Heartbreak House seemed
vapid to me because it treats on
questions that do not concern
America such as: how the idle
English rich can give meaning to
their pointless lives; should a
poor girl marry a rich old coot
for his money; and what will be
come of jolly old England, ruled
as it was by nincompoops. Only
the answer to the last problem is
apparant: England will muddle
through.
When I saw Heartbreak House
ten years ago in a small freezing
theatre then called The Bleeker
Street Playhouse, I though it
Shaw’s most human play. But
seeing it again at the plush and
gilded, air conditioned Billy Rose
palace, I was struck by the im
probability of the argumentative
crew gathered on the ship-like
setting.
The daughter of an eccentric
ancient mariner (Captain Shot
over, decked out to look like the
old Shaw himself,) has invited a
poor young thing and her Fabian
father to her country estate. She
wishes to stop the pure young
i
thing from marrying a crude I
“captain of industry”, Boss Man
gan, for his money.
This gambit allows Shaw to
spout in various guises mildly
socialistic arguments against pov
erty and war, against the upper
classes, against politicians in
what he subtitled A Fantasia in
the Russian Manner on English
Themes.
Boss Mangan. played like a De
laney Street push-cart peddler
bursts easily into tears when set
upon by the women in the play.
To simplify the play’s outcome
Shaw has him killed off in the
last act by a bomb from a Zep
pelin.
This allows the young thing to
marry Captain Shotover-Shaw.
By the final curtain one couldn’t
care less.
Others involved in this messy
garden party include Captain
Shotover’s younger daughter,
who happened to be stopping by
from the Colonies where her
“numskull” of a husband rules
the natives. She has a notable
theory that all the English upper
classes need to set their house in
order is horses.
A noisy burglar allows himself
to be apprehended in order to
shake down his captors who do
not wish to go through the messy
business of prosecuting him.
Again, who cares?
What bothers America today
are the relationship of black to
white, of book readers to TV
viewers, of prosperity to war, of
progress to sanity.
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