June 27, 1936 - Editorial - Chickens Come Home to Roost, by George Lorimer

This week, the so-called Democratic, or New Deal, Party meets in solemn convention to select a candidate for the presidency who has already selected himself; to rubber-stamp an Administration that already has one of the largest collections of expensive stamps and rubber stamps in history; and to write a platform that doubtless has been written in the White House. But even tablets handed down from the White House may need some revision.

Second, the Supreme Court and the Constitution. Will the convention stand for the present all-too-apparent policy of nullification by various devices or will it declare for constitutional amendments to give the New Deal openly what it hopes to get by runaround methods?

No one voted for the New Deal and its plans, policies and panaceas at the last presidential election, for the simple reason that they were sprung on the trusting and unsuspecting voter only after the event.

Just what would happen to the president of a corporation, even though many of his stockholders credited him with being a well-meaning and good-hearted man, who scrapped the promises and policies on which he had been elected to office and dominated his board of directors to the extent that they rubber-stamped his wishes and passed the resolutions that he presented to them as "must"? If his "musts" proved to be busts and he persisted in wasting the money of his stockholders on futile experiments, in going ahead against the facts or in refusing to ascertain the facts, what would happen to him at the annual meeting when he came up for re-election? Don't be silly; you know the answer. (pg. 22)

Comments: One thing I learned doing this research. Most people are, as Lorimer pointed out in an earlier editorial, are "poor fish who, unaware, unthinking and unreasoning, swim in old, accustomed channels." This means if the label of "Democrat" or "Republican" is not attached to the candidates name, they will not vote for that candidate, not matter how well qualified he or she may be. Most people vote based on what makes them feel good, not logic and reason. This means that if the lie is what makes people feel good, then the truth will loose at the polls. I guess Lorimer didn't understand this or perhaps he was hoping for a miracle.

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