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The Wstsh.in.gton. Socialist
, FOR SOCIALIST NEWS AMD PROPAGANDA. .V per Copj . $1.00 per >.:\r PROCLAMATION ON THE MEX ICAN WAR By the Socialist Party of America. f.\i:;im wo are- being lashed Into w;«r by thoso who profit, from wit Capitalist drums are. Heating, trump ets blaring nnd forces . rutting AH this that the nation may be goaded into war and the workers made to consent to shoot and be shot. For centuries the resources of Mex ico hare lain dormant. Of late that country has been touched by the magic wand of capitalism ami the same develop! is taking place there that always takes place when modern capitalism clashes with back ward feudalism. Ninety per cent of her population is still landless and propertyless. For hundreds of years her people have struggled against almost insurmount able difficulties to overthrow tyrants who have ruled and ruined men. , r For hundreds of years the Mexican '-. people have been in a state of con tinuous revolt because the great ma jority are in a condition of peonage. .Ilobbed of their land in an agricul tural country, the change from the Spanish rule to an independent repub lic avails the Mexican people little or nothing. So long as peonage remains, revolt must follow revolt ! in vain did the Mexican people ale vate Madero-to the presidency. Their hope that he would recognise their need and restore the land to the peo ple was not fulfilled. They" are still fighting to win Mexico for the Mexi cans. In Sonora, Durango and Chihauhau, where the revolutionists are in con trol, the people are taking possession of the land. Xow, when the revolu tionists believe that victory is in Bight, the great American republic controlled by sinister capitalist interests and without a declaration of war. lands an armed force on Mexican soil. No na il tion in modern times has ever begun hostilities upon a pretext so shallow as the flag incident at Tampico. The war will inevitably unite all factions in Mexico against the invad ers of their, country. Their resistance to the forces of the United States must fail, yet it will cost thousands of- lives through bullet, bayonet and disease. In order to subdue Mexico, the American army must march across that country like Sherman marched to i the sea. Our army will leave behind a path of desolation, ruined homes and health. And finally, when American arms have triumphed, who will be the win ners? The American people will not win. The Mexican people will not win. German, English and American capitalists, backed by our army, will exploit Mexico and the Mexican peon as capitalism always exploits the work ing people everywhere. Moreover, the effect of the war on our own country will be deplorable. War strengthens every force hurtful to civilization, every force hurtful to labor. While war lasts there will be no social legislation. Enough money Will be used up in dealing death to human beings to provide old age pen sions, accident, sickness and unem ployed insurance for every worker in America for a generation. Every piratical power will seize this opportunity to prey upon our people. Exploiting capitalism will meet every attack by wrapping the American flag around its plunder. Remember that the capitalist class in Colorado, destroying with machine guns American workers struggling for better conditions, is the very same class that seeks to rule Mexico. The Socialist party is opposed, as a , matter of principle, to every war of i aggression. We believe that there is \ but one justification for war, and that ,1 is to fight for freedom. Our freedom . has not been assailed by the Mexi cans. There is no reason why Ameri can workingmen should leave their homes and families to have their bodies mangled on Mexican battle fields. In the name of two million Ameri can Socialists, in the name of thirty million Socialists throughout the world, in the name of humanity and civilization, we protest against the war with Mexico. BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE! OF THE SOCIALIST PARTY. Victor Berger. Adolph Oermer. Ceo. H. Goebel. James H. Maurer. J. Stitt Wilson. Attest: Walter Lanferseik, Executive Secretary. EX MAYOR EMIL SEIDEL, LATE SOCIALIST MAYOR OF MILWAUKEE, WILL SPEAK IN PEOPLE'S THEATRE MAY 28, 8:00 P. M. \ 'PATRIOTISM: THE LAST REFUGE OF THE SCOUNDREL. "—DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON Author of the Fir.t En fl liih Dictionary Formerly The Commonwctilth BVERKTT, WASHINGTON, TlllkSDA V, MAY | |. pill. No. 17.">. EXPOSING THE WAR GAME "MURDER IS MURDER." Workers of America, Let Not the Profit Mongers Use You for Claws and Teeth! Mrs. Andrew D. White—"Does an American gentleman shoot the man who insults him? Not usually in this generation, much leu his wife and family. Shall we destroy many in nocent Mexicans by bombarding Tam pico because an official bandit insults our flag? Nothing he can do, only what we can do, can dishonor. the American flag and nation." - E. D. Mead, peace advocate—"The talk of war upon such petty pretexts, with which Washington and the coun try have been bo suddenly deluged, Is disproportionate and monstrous to the point of grotesqueness. Compare these trivial | affronts to the indignities suf fered by England when the Russians fired on her fishermen at the Dogger bank, killing several of them and sink ing their boats." Norman Angell. author of the anti war book, "The Great Illusion." —"It required three years' fighting for 400, --000 British soldiers to subdue 100,000 poverty-stricken Boers at a cost of $1,250,000,000. These same figures would apply if the United States ever attempted to subjugate the Mexicans. English politics has been paralyzed for years by the problem of Irish sub jugation. American politics would likewise be twisted if this country at tempted to conquer Mexico." ": The National Honor. Ernest Untermann. —"The national honor follows the pork barrel. "The national honor never winced during all the fifty years since the Civil War, when both Republicans and Democrats repudiated annually every pledge made to the wage-worker and small farmer. " ; "The national honor was not tainted by the outrages committed with the connivance of Republicans and Demo crats against the workers jin Penn sylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Michigan, Colorado and California. ""' . ■ "The national honor grinned with delight when a militia general in Mich igan tore the . Stars and Stripes from the hands of a working girl and trampled * the emblem" of the nation into the mud. • "The national honor remained spot less when Sherman Bell shouted: 'To hell with the constitution,' or when New York's chief of police announced that 'the club is mightier than the constitution.' "But when the English oil trust in Mexico began to back Huerta, when the oil wells of the American trust were threatened, when Hearst's big ranches in Mexico, when Colonel Greene's mines in Cananea were <in danger- of falling into the hands of the Mexican people, the national honor was insulted by the convenient arrest of a few marines and nothing would purify the flag but an armed invasion of Mexico — the customs revenues of Vera Cruz." MEDIATION! FOR WHAT? Now they are trying "Mediation"— anything and everything to rescue from the fire the foreign investor's chestnuts and impose on the rebel lious Mexican peasant a good, strong government which shall take care of him. That is precisely what he does not want. He wants to be in a position where he can take care of himself, and for that he wants possession of the land. Consider who those new interven ers are. The Argentine minister, de scribed as "a diplomat of wide ex gterlence; an international lawyei " The Brazilian ambassador, a "trained diplomat." The Chilean envoy, 'Tor some years Chilean minister at Mex ico City." Krock-coated, uniform-be- Bpangled idlers, who have as much in common with the toiling peasant as the lamb haa with the famished wolf. Not by any such hocus-pocus can this fundamental question of the right to a free and equal seat at nature's overflowing banquet-table be settled. As for good government! We have had our bellyful of it in these United States. It's name is Roosevelt the hardest taskmaster the disinherited could have. Woodrow Wilson is his logical successor. —Wm. C. Owen in Regeneraclon. COMRADES! Don't inisß "The Brtlke," shown at the Princess Theatre, Friday mid Sat urday, it revealt the futility of "di rect action."