The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 13, 1951, Image 2
In These Times, They’re a Menace
Strikes Are Double-Barrelled
ENOUGH TO MAKE A BOOT DIZZY'.
The following - article is re
printed from the Dallas Morn
ing News, in its edition of Feb.
9. Written by ace newspaper
man Peter Molyneaux, this ar
ticle, we believe, will be of in
terest to readers of The Battal
ion. The Battalion editors are
grateful to the News and to Mr.
Molyneaux for their permission
to reprint the column.
By PETER MOLYNEAUX
Reminds of Fascism
this fact could iiltknately create
among the people a condition of
enraged frustration that might
have surprising and regretable re
This public mood, dangerous as
stant and enthusiastic public ap- saying that the striking switchmen L. Lewis was denying coal to the
proval. “ought to be put in jail,” and draft- country, President Franklin D.
The circumstance that there was them in the armed forces and Roosevelt told his press conference
never a probability that the present assigning them to the jobs they left that “you can’t compel people to
administration would go to ex- among the milder proposals for work.”
tremes in dealing with the strike dealing with them. jje said that workers could not
does not change the fact that the It has been suggested that the be forced back to their jobs at the
public mood it has created is a Constitution be amended so as to point of a bayonet. A realization of
dangerous one. Such a public mood modify the “involuntary servitude”
in other countries has more than clause of the Thirteenth Amend-
once impelled people to accept a ment, which is regarded as the
dictatorship. principal legal safeguard of the
right to strike.
That such an amendment, has-
Mussolini’s Fascists in Italy got tily drawn and adopted, might turn it is, has complete justification in
"OESENTMENT AND indignation their first big boost in public favor out to be worse than the evil it the fact that not only did the
•■•'•over the “sickness” strike of the when the Black Shirts seized a would seek to cure, by giving to strike result in paralysis of the in
switchmen have reached such in- utility in the midst of a strike and the Federal Government power it dustrial system, but actually held
tensity, and have spread so gen- operated it in defiance of the strik- ought not to possess, would not up needed supplies for our troops
erally among the people, that any ei ’ s ail d when they proceeded to deter the people if the present pub- in Korea, thus giving aid and corn-
action taken by the government to break up sit-down strikes by force, lie mood should persist long fort to the enemy, which is a trea-
break it up, no matter how extreme During the past ten days, all enough. sonable act, punishable as a crime,
and arbitrary, would receive in- over the country, people have been On a notable occasion, when John No group of men should possess
the power to demoralize our econo
mic life in this way, and some
method must be devised to curb the
exercise of such power. Whatever
legislation can be enacted, without
violating the Constitution, must be
But people are asking also how
Americans, otherwise law-abiding
can bring themselves to participate
in causing such demoralization in
these critical times. “What are
these switchmen thinking about,”
some are asking, “to persist in such
a course in the fact of its terrible
At least part of the answer to
such questions is suggested by a
Page 2 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1951
Land War too Costly . . .
Principles of Islam
Flex for Progress
.HE MORE we read, the more we become
convinced that to enter the field of Amer
ican politics requires skin about two inches
thick — to turn back the sharp thrusts of
scurrilous attacks from all sides. And it re
quires a good temper too.
Former president Herbert Hoover seems
to possess both.
If we were in his shoes, we would prob
ably be cussing, fighting mad. But Herbert
Hoover just continues as the voice from the
wilderness, giving good common sense ad
vice to the American people.
After his first major foreign policy
speech, made about six weeks ago, Hoover
was branded an isolationist by Truman, other
Democrats, and even some Republicans. His
advice was so twisted by interpreters that
he seemed a doddering old man advising a
reactionary ostrich-like foreign policy.
In a speech made in New York last Fri
day, Hoover re-stated, enlarged, and ex
plained his former advice. And his speech
was anything but old-fashioned.
Hoover warned America not to engage
in a land war with Russia. He said such a
war “risks the loss of all civilizations”.
Instead of a land army, Hoover proposed
that America build up air and sea power and, consideration of'the
This is the second in a series of that the peoples who were suffer-
three articles written to give the ing from tyranny and suppression
lower ■( nil • • , lay Christian some insight into the at the time of Islam welcomed - . ,
. ’ consideration of the crassly mater- workings of another great religion the Moslem armies to their coun- Since you were addressing the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce,|
it against ial doctrines that have gained wide- a ff ec ting millions of people—Mo- tries and opened their doors be- you couldn’t talk politics but you explained that “the mention of Eisen-
Open Letter to
By THOMAS M. FONTAINE
M R. DANIEL, WE certainly wish we could have been in
Nacogdoches last Thursday night to hear you speak.
From what we’ve read, it must have been a humdinger.
We liked some parts of your speech so much that we
almost feel guilty for laughing at other parts. But under
stand this, we’re not so much laughing at you as at the Texas ■
politics that forced you to make some of your statements.
And our laughter iS tinged with sadness that usually intelli
gent Texas people should be so bound with an old tradition
that they force such hypocrisy from some of our smartest
In your speech you urged Texans to lead a nationwide Eisenhower-
for-president movement. You pointed out many of Ike’s outstanding
attributes. You emphasized that wc must select “the type of man who
keeps hisi thoughts on the welfare of future generations instead of
You’re right. That’s the type of man we’ve been yelling for. But
then your traditional Democrat conscience prompted you nud you said,
“President Truman is to be congratulated upon drafting him to this
important post, (eastern defense commander), and the President and
the people would serve our nation well by calling General Eisenhower
to even higher service in 1952.”
Truman’s Not That Noble
Now, now, Mr. Daniel. Has our great President Truman* the
common man, ever done anything to lead you to believe he would
voluntarily step down and turn over the presidency to anyone?
We wholeheartedly agree with you though when you say he “would
serve our nation well” by taking such action.
Later on you added that Eisenhower would accept the responsibility
of being president if public demand is great enough “because hw
record demonstrates that he will not shirk a nonpolitical call to duty.”
if the Soviets attack Europe, pour It against ial doctrines that have gained wide- affecting millions of people—Mo- tries and opened
Russia “until they have had enough.” ° ur Pe °' ha ™ d i in j s l n .: considcrinfi ' them as their howcr is not political talk ”
The Presidency IS Politics
TT . , t> . T pie during- recent years. Prepared by a graduate student liberators.
Hoover said Premier Joseph Stalm S The very government which f rom Cairo, Egypt, the series will T u: s actually the case with
greatest hope was to get US in a land war. £ey uno^Thfmt^ 0 ^ 8 Biit ' the Egyptian Christians. For they
(Look at the statistics on relative manpower permeated with such doctrines.
strengths, and you will realize how logical How < ; an workers be expected to •
? . respect an administration which
that Statement it.) gained power by appealing to their
By ABDEL M. LASHEEN
A STRIKING' example of Islam
equality between human beings
is demonstrated by the following’
knew full well that the Moslems
were not seeking the establish
ment of freedom of faith, and the
elimination of all restrictions and
obstacles that stood in the way of
the underdog, to conceive the real
ities and listen to the voice of truth
and to be enlightened by wisdom
“Before we go off the deep end toward most selfish material interests ?
another land war in Europe, let us remem- They’ve Been Told
ber that we fought two such wars hoping to . Have not the workers been told th ,. t b t tl Pl het ,
in ever y political campaign since aurnentic sxoiy duour xne rropnex. and leason.
bring peace and we have no peace. We iqo fi t w they should be e-overned Hearing Abu Zer A1 Khafan ad-
should be prepared to make heavy sacrifices by the most selfish materialism in J e ® s ^ hl s servant, “0, thou son jL
, i i r> 4. j ., casting their votes? Have they not , c? ’ , ie 1 1 opnet was ex ipke earlier Moslems (who were
to help. But we should do it with common been should use asperated and remarked beware. ^ judges in the true mean-
senSe, within our strength, with a long view their ballots to obtain personal the son of the white is no superior j ng . 0 f l s i am ) did not, therefore,
’ e> > o , . , , , _z to thft son of the b uck, exeunt m u..ju
Left Governments Intact
Mr. Daniel, we’d like to argue that point. It is politics. That, is,
if we really want Ike for president. Look at (lie 1918 campaign.
Mr. Thomas E. Dewey refused to get in the political fight. He sat
quietly. And look what happened to him!
If General Eisenhower is to win the presidential election in 1952,
he must do some powerful “politicking.” He’ll be running against one
of the most powerful politicians of our time.
ike has only his reputation of intelligent thinking and planning;
Harry S. has the powerful argument of dollars given out to strong
Seriously now, Mr. Daniel, can you see any chance of Eisenhower’s
running on any but the Republican ticket? The Democrats couldn’t
get rid of Mr. Truman if they wanted to. (And evidently many of
them would love to get rid of him.)
But you see, the Democrats started the third term tradition and
material benefits and group advan- ^ le s ° n ,^ 1 1 G black, except in ] )U ji ( | U p their armies with the in- to drop Harry now would admit that the little man from Missouri
o tt .. i. .... -ji mpi.v n.rwl P’nnn rpp.ris. „.c i • ^ t? .* i 4,...... .../*/
Of history in mind,” said Hoover. ^‘iaTnot^vm-y other minor- piety and good deeds.
“A land offensive against the Commun- ity group been ’told the same Equality for All
ists could bring no military victory, no po- thl ^ ? f Then take the speech which he
litical conclusion,” he continued. “If the political concept^ delivered following his last pil-
Europeans are attacked we should be prfe- vote as a r aadtka ^ n ^ he'Sth^foundLtbns of thfein-
pared and use such overwhelming air and ; s fl onefsn ’ n stitution that was to be followed
to sustain the general welfare. b Moslems after him “0 e le”
naval power to the limit and keep it up until If the switchmen regard the he procl^med, C “Your God^one
they have enough. ... I believe that reserve, President of the United States as anc j y 0ur or igi n j s one) f or a u 0 f
if large enough, is Europe’s real protection.” the^govmmmeld! to toim-atf aid you bclon £ to Adam, and Adam
tention of conquest and expansion.
For whatever country they con
quered, they left without interfer
ing with the government of the
natives of that country; they left
the inhabitants to manage their
own affaii’s and if these embraced
Islam, then they were free to do
so through their own choice.
and his Fair Deal have failed. Such an admittance, of course, would
give the GOP an automatic victory. Although you might have tliought
■so from,' the preceding paragraphs, we’re not dyed-in-the-wool Repub
licans any more than you are, Mr. Daniel. We are republicans. Notic’d
the lower-case “r.” That makes a world of difference.
Webster defines republic: a state in which the sovereign power
resides in a certain body of the people (the electorate) and is exercised
Ihese peoples would then come foy representatives elected by, and responsible to, them,
uhder the jurisdiction of the Qu- ; Your actions indicate that you are a republican, too.
was created of dust. The most ran’ and enjoy the same fights and | You have fought a noble battle for states rights. In both tho
It’s Time to Get On the Ball.
even to protect them in the course honorable among you is he who is have the same obligations as the Tidelands and the Sweatt case,* you were fighting against federail
NE OF THE most serious shortcomings
of the democratic form of government is
that its actions proceed by leaps and bounds
and tangents, not by the direct, efficient
course they follow in a dictatorship.
This inefficiency seems almost incurable
because of the very working of a democracy.
People influence legislation, and the very
mass of public thinking possesses a great in
ertia. Once the people have decided some
thing must be done about a current prob
lem, it is nearly impossible to influence them
on another problem/ until the first one is
Most American legislators and ordinary
citizens lack the facility for weighing and
comparing the relative importance of future
legislation. They sometimes fail to realize
that the solution of several problems depend
on simultaneous action.
Right now, our government is terribly
concerned with the armed services man
power question. The House, the Senate, and
the various committees seem willing to probe
into all aspects of the case in order to come
to a fair conclusion.
they have followed, were they not most pious< An Aral) is no supc .
assured of this from every pohtical rior t() a no n-Arab, nor a non
stump in the country ? Arab to an Arab, nor a white lo
Promotes Disrespect a colored man nor a colored man
When the President of the Unit- 10 “ wWU ‘ ^ “T*? f" 5 '"
law. Just as important in building a strong ^ tod” whic^heT'swom 1 ™ illlel eristsSongth?legacy's that
fighting force is the solving of our domestic uphold and’ enforce, as a “slave ^ er ® established by man. Islam
But let’s not become completely preoc
cupied with the technical aspects of the draft
Moslems, as well as all the char
acteristics of the Faithful such as
helpfulness, kindness, compassion
Principles are Flexible
So regarding this aspect and
indeed regarding many other as-
labor law,” he thus promotes a dis! challenged the traditions and cus- pects the principles .of Islam are
respect for all law and an attitude I 0 ™ 8 which had pi evaded m Ara- . J
To be a good .fighter, a man must feel of contempt toward the officials 1 , ) ' a and uprooted them; it defied allow ^
that his family is adequately provided for. ^ enforcin rg the^law maintaining ' and cultures and shook them to by the nature of progress.
When a man is asked to risk his life for his + And when he encodes tie idea ^e beS^X^^'ZE
country, he must feel assured that his gov- that the citizen should use his prohibit slavery and remove dis . were left free to choose the form
ernment is sensibly controlling prices and , a u L 3 tinction between man and man. of government they liked, they
1, , which means to use it selfishly to Another striking example of the were not allowed to change or
rationing, that it IS fighting would-be war get some material benefit for him- effcct of the d / namic l i(5rces of Sfy the ethical and moral prin-
profiteers, and that it is doing everything Islam is demonstrated by the fact ciples, so that they might not de
viate from their path through
usurpation of the sovereign poker of the people.
Mr. Truman and his followers in the Democrat party have fought
to strengthen the federal government to such an extent that it isf
practically uncontrollable by the people.
“Ike” Could Be Man
We’re not yet sure just who will be the man to lead the United
States government to republicanism. But wc like your argument for
“Eisenhower is a strong believer in local se/f-government. Only a
year ago Eisenhower warned a congressional committee that the army
of persons who urge greater and greater centralization of power in
Washington are more dangerous to our country than any external)
force which can be arrayed against us.”
Those words of Eisenhower’s might just as easily have come from
Thomas Jefferson, founder of the principles of the old Democratic
party revered in the South.
Watch Those Demo Ties!
. workers a psychological condition
possible to care for his family as he would out of which such acts at this
strike rise naturally.
if he weren’t in the service.
Governmental horseplay at home, such
as the wage and price freeze that didn’t
freeze but has been unfrozen, create unneces
sary worries for our fighting men.
The time has arrived when our legisla-
Now Being Taken
The Office of Student Activ
ities has announced that orders
Has Seed Taken Root?
Someone has said that no nation
is destroyed by armed invasion un
less the '‘seed of its destruction has
already taken root among its own
citizens. It is to be feared that for graduation announcements are
such seed already has taken deep now being taken,
tors must begin a “police action” of their root among us when our workers Announcements arc obtainable in
own. The hair-brained shennanigan's must regard a few cents an ^ m + °f thre ? The frer \ ch + f . old ^
. b . wages as more important than the available for nine cents, the card
wait for another time; now we’re caught in intangible but fundamental prin- board cover for twenty-three cents,
a life or death struggle and have no time for c ^P les which American boys are de- and the leather cover for fifty
And let’s not put too much faith in the name Democratic I’arty,
Mr. Daniel. Any history book will tell you that Jefferson—conceded
by all to have been the leader in gaining the state’s rights articlesi
won the office of president as the
such foolishness. We’ve got to get down to
the business of converting our country to
an efficient war-against-Communism ma
fending in Korea.
wrong interpretation or through
ignorance and caprice.
These high morals and supreme in the United States Constitution-
principles of Islam were the secret Republican candidate,
of its being so widespread and so Here is a fact that all Americans, and especially Southerners^
deeply established. A mere glance should 1 realize—if a man with the beliefs of) Eisenhower is nominated
at the map of the Moslem world as by the GOP in 1952, the name Republican will have returned to its
it is today is evidence of the truth rightful place: the party that stresses the rights, responsibilities, and
of this statement. power of the people.
New Ambassador to Spain
Lawrence Sullivan Ross, Founder of Aggie Traditions
"Soldier, Statesman, Knightly Gentleman”
Red Resistance Falls
UN May Alter Plans
New oYrk, Feb. 13—GP)—Amer
ica’s first ambassador to Spain in
five years, Stanton Griffis, makes
the Horatio Alger hero a piker.
In his 64
fully ventured into a
“We must try to overcome our
emotionalism and adopt a prac
tical attitude on the question.”
, , The man who is going to try to
years he has success- solvc that ation has aI1 sorts
^ ,r,f " dozcn ca - of background to backup his ef
forts. Triffis has run one of the
big movie companies, the coun-
Entered as second-class matter at Post
Office at College Station, Texas, under
the Act of Congress of March 3, 1870.
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Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER
Washington, Feb. 13—WP)—Ene
my weakness in Korea the last
few days has forced a reassess
ment of the American strategy
aimed at an early end of the fight
ing, if possible.
From the point of view of the
United States, as the nation exer
cising the UN command in Korea,
one of the basic military facts of
the situation is that the massive
Within the past two weeks high in the fight impossible.
His views on his new job are o ^ ;
summed up in a simple equation try’s best-known sports enterprise,
set down in an interview as he a famous bookstore; been a foreign
prepared for the trip to Madrid: trade negotiator; Red Cross com-
“Spain needs our help; wc need missioner, and diplomat on delicate
their help.” Then he adds: missions to Poland, Egypt and Ar-
“Our viewpoint on Spain is very gentina.
apt to be an emotional viewpoint, He first started attracting at- test and for his theme declared
based on sympathies during the tention 40 years ago. Griffis was colleges had degenerated into mere
Spanish revolution and religious born in Boston May 2, 1887, his social institutions. He won the
prize, and newspaper fame from
Griffis says the family “just had
about enough to eat, and that’s
all.” A few years after Stanton’s
birth, the family moved to Ithaca,
N. Y., and there he stayed until
after graduation from Cornell in
1910. He earned his way editing the
He was president, of his fra
ternity, president of the Senior
class honorary society, member
of all important college social
Then he entered an oratory con-
intervention of the Chinese Com
munists made a complete victory feeling, and our viewpoint toward father a congregational minister,
CLAYTON L. SELPH, DAVE COSLETT Co-Editors officials expecting relatively stiff
, , „„ ., T-, T. i th • wj-j. resistance in the approach to the
J A 0h a n Y h i tm ° re ’ « l an xi Re v d Managing Editors 38th Uel had det e rm i nod that
Ralph Gorman Sports Editor
Fred Walker Associate Sports Editor
Joel Austin City Editor
author, and authority on Japan, coast to coast.
John Whitmore Managing Editor
Bob Hughson Campus News Editor
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T. M. Fontaine, Carter Phillips Editorialists
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Leon McClellan, Norman Blahuta, Jack Fontaine,
Ed Holder, Bryan Spencer, John Tapley, Bob
Venable. Bill Streich, George Charlton, Bob
Selleck, Dale Walston, Bee Landrum. Frank
Davis, Phil Snyder, Art Giesc. Christy Orth,
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the line should not be crossed. They
took account of the possible cost
in United Nations lives and the
political advantages which might
be gained by remaining in South
The swift pace of the UN ad
vance, however, and the need for
keeping contact with the enemy
has now confronted policy makers
with the question whether it may
not be advantageous to drive on
into North Korea.
The situation is developing so
Vivian Castleberry Women’s Editor
Jimmy Ashlock, Joe Blanchette. Ray Holbrook,
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Dowell Peterson Sports News Staff
Curtis Edwards Church News Editor rapidly that a final decision on this
Tom^Fantaine, "johnny Lancaster,^Joe^ray,^ C ° nteSt Manaser probably will not be made until the
sid Abernathy Make-up Editor exact military and political condi-
, Charles McCullough - ...Photo Engravers tions existing when UN forces get
Russlu Hageus, Bob Haynie. j T. Advert^uig 1 FlepKsentaUves lliuch clo&er to the 38th Parallel