August 8, 1936 - Editorial - The Wrong Direction, by George Lorimer

The nominating conventions of the two great parties, the nominating speeches, the platforms and the speeches of acceptance served to strengthen the already clear-cut impression as to what constitutes the outstanding issue.

What this issue is can be stated in very few words. The New Deal, its platform and candidate, stand for continued centralization in government. They stand for paternalism and practically unlimited powers of government. The platform on which Mr. Roosevelt was renominated and his speech of acceptance made that as plain as a pikestaff.

The Republican platform may have been uncertain. The New Deal is nothing of the kind. It is frankly, openly, unmistakably and utterly for blank-check government; it proudly and boldly espouses the theory that the way to solve all the troubles and miseries of the world is to place more power in the hands of those who happen to be the political leaders of the moment.

It is so easy for people - most of whom have a weak, lazy streak in them - to say, "Wouldn't it be nice if only the Government would appropriate money for this and that?" It is easy for politicians to spend other people's money and to promise to do this and that for them. It has always been so, since the beginning of time, but Utopia is still to come. (pg. 22)

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