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Yht wk ib iltc rurhiii THE CHICAGO STAR, NOVEMBER 2, m* The issue facing American voters this election day has become completely clear during the last few weeks of the campaign. On November 5, the American people will be called upon to defend the nation from Wall Street’s most dangerous offensive. The emergence of the notorious American Ac the Republican leadership has given dramatic confirmation of the STAR’S analysis of last month, when we declared that the main threat facing the American people this November is the attempt of fascist-minded groups to seize control of the government through the Republi can party. • • • AMERICAN ACTION, successor to the notor ious liberty League of the 30’s, brazenly showed its hand in Chicago last week. A GOP campaign l'ally was being held in the 3rd congressional district for candidate Fred Busbey, who has the endorsement of Gerald L. K. Smith and every section of the native fascist clan. Edward Hayes, national chairman of Ameri can Action, Inc., was the main guest speaker on .behalf of Busbey. Speaking with Hayes for Busbey was none other than the leading Republican office-holder in Illinois—Governor Dwight H. Green. . The meeting brought together in open alliance the reactionary coalition that is seeking a seizure cf power. Hayes, the direct emissary of the big gest of big businessman, and Green, a “respecta ble” Republican front, joined hands in support of Busbey, an associate of what used to be called the “lunatic fringe.” • • • THERE ARE NOW enough pieces that can be put together into a “Republican pattern.” And that pattern takes a shape that is far more sinister than merely a return to the Hoo ver period. Republican leadership of 1946 is typi fied by such figures as Col. Robert R. McCor mick, who is on the record as an aivocate of fascism. Or consider the reaction of Sen. Robert A. Taft, a top Republican leader to the Nuremberg trials. Taft deplored the conviction of the Nazi ringleaders, and, in effect, upheld their right to do what they did and to do it again. Another piece in the Republican pattern is the timing of the current red-baiting drive, so remin iscent of the Hitler rise to power. Or think about the fact that Republican indus trialists were able to “hold a gun to the head of the American people,” in the words of Chester Bowles, and force the removal of price controls. And put into place that completing segment of the pattern—the emergence of American Ac tion, Inc., which gives organized form to the conspiratorial alliance of Big Business, organized fascism and Republican politics^ • • • IT IS EASY to become discouraged by the performance of the Truman administration and its supporters in Congress. Its record in office has been one of steady retreat before the drive of the great monopoly interests toward chaos at home and war abroad. It has failed at almost every critical point when Franklin Roosevelt’s program for the people was at stake. But the shortcomings of . the Truman adminis tration must become the soft spot in the line through which the Republican panzers can push a disastrous salient. On the contrary, that line must now be but tressed and bolstered by sending the most stal wart progressives and independents into the Con gress. That can be done on neat Tuesday. The failure of Truman make it increasingly urgent to mobilize the vote for progressive and independent candidates, and to strengthen the influence of Democrats like Henry Wallace and Claude Pepper in the administration. • • • SAID WALLACE in Los Angeles last week: “If (the Republicans) win control of the House, we are really in for some hard times. We shall then learn the full meaning 'of real infla tion, sudden deflation, and of Soviet-baiting, la bor-baiting, war-provoking tactics which will will make the bipartisan bloc of the past Con gress seem pale and ineffectual by comparison.” Wallace’s warning have implications that go far beyond November and the election of the 80th Congress. The political handwriting on the wall says that new political alignments are in the making. • • • THE VOTER, acting now, will have to look beyond November to the crucial elections of 1948. In voting now, he will have to consider how he can strengthen the hand of those who will join in the building ©f a new party of the people. He will have to consider how he can help weaken and defeat the reactionaries in both old parties who stand in the path of progress. And his sharpest blows must be directed at the pro fascist McCormick wing of the Republican Party who represent the gravest danger now and in the future. The STAR calls upon its readers to do their share in the fight against this fascist-sponsored drive against America. Get out the vote next Tuesday— yours, your family’s, your friends’. The great conspiracy can be smashed.