Archive for December 14th, 2011

The Communist Paradise

December 14, 2011

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The Communist Paradise
Reprinted from N.Y. Daily News.



Now it is just as well to recognize what we recognized.

It is the same old Russia as under the Czars.

There is the same old wholesale indiscriminate massacre of opponents of the despotism, whether those slaughtered be guilty or innocent of crime.

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There is the same old conflict for position and power in which the masses are trampled under the feet of the battling factions.

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RIGHTS, liberties, opportunities, the people of Russia had not under the Czar and have not under Stalin.

Is it not about time for all of us Americans to realize that peace and progress and happiness only thrive in the soil of liberty and free democracy?

Is it not time for us to realize that those who are attempting to transform this American Republic into a Communistic tyranny of class against class are, above all others, the Number 1 Public Enemies of our country and our people?

They are the most flagrantly seditious and traitorous element of our community.


(Extracts from an editorial which appeared in the Rochester Sunday American and other Hearst newspapers on Sunday, December 9, 1934.)

Rochester Evening Journal (Rochester, New York) Dec 15, 1934

Rochester Evening Journal (Rochester, New York) Dec 11, 1934

Rochester Evening Journal (Rochester, New York) Dec 15, 1934

An Educational Toy

December 14, 2011

An Educational Toy

THE picture shown in this editorial was taken by a roving cameraman seeking pictures of novel toys for Christmas. It presents a contrast.

Study the innocent, trusting face of the little boy. Now look at the toy he is trying out.

In case you have never handled or faced one — it is a MACHINE GUN — the outlawed weapon of the gangster and public enemy.

There is no immediate danger the earnest-faced baby will harm himself or anyone with this toy, but there is danger this toy will harm some man of the future, now a baby-faced boy.

Serious persons, interested in child training, have demonstrated the educational value of toys. The photographer, unaware, has depicted another type of “educational toy.”

A “Pretty Boy” Floyd or a “Baby Face” Nelson may be the idol of some adventure-loving youngster, but the stamp of approval should not be placed upon his misguided hero-worship by a fond parent, bent on “keeping in step with the times” by providing the newst of toys. This picture shows one of the latest things in toyland.

Do not bring your boy up to be a big shot gangster by glorifying the tools of the gunmen’s trade.

There are many other toys — new and marvelous — which you can buy your son this year. The stores of Rochester present many marvels of modern science in the new toys.

If you want to give your boy something “in step with the times,” get him a streamline electrical train or automobile, but —


Rochester Evening Journal (Rochester, New York) Dec 13, 1934

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Yet, if the law-abiding citizens had real machine guns, maybe they wouldn’t have been clamoring for this, which ran on the same page as the above editorial:

Rochester Evening Journal (Rochester, New York) Dec 13, 1934

A Difference: Expected, Selected, Dejected

December 14, 2011

A DIFFERENCE — By Miss Hilda Waddell

Newark Advocate (Newark, Ohio) Dec 21, 1911

Newark Advocate (Newark, Ohio) Dec 14, 1911

Appleton Post Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin) Dec 14, 1921

Toe-Jam and Bread?

December 14, 2011


A baker in Kansas City is red-hot with anger because a female patron has asserted that he kneaded his bread with his feet. He has commenced suit for $2,000. She declares her ability to produce a loaf of his bread with footprints on it.

The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) Nov 5, 1900

America’s Self-Correcting Form of Government

December 14, 2011

Image from RKA History Resource Data Bank


AN UNVARYING symptom of economic recovery in the United States is a rebirth of confidence in our form of government.

In periods of major depressions pessimism recurs concerning our political and economic setups.

Hard times bring an overproduction of fallacious remedies and crackpot proposals.

The recent series of Supreme Court decisions have clarified the atmosphere.

Raymond Moley, in a recent symposium on various schemes for changing our form of government, made an effective plea for the Democratic idea, saying:

It (democracy) is essentially a self-correcting system of government. It does not contemplate the hardening of society into a single form. It is not subject to the capricious instincts of a single individual as in Fascism. It does not contemplate, as a major premise, the deadly uniformity that Socialism postulates in its proposed organization of economic life. It does not, as does Communism, contemplate the abolition of established institutions through a mere transference of autocratic power. In essence it is a system sufficiently flexible to conform to the requirements of human beings who have reached a stage of literacy and of organized intelligence.

The Gibraltar-like strength of the American system is in its flexible capacity for growth and progress.

A reading of history shows that in depressions we merely take one step backward before taking two steps forward.

Intelligent management of affairs involves a capacity to diagnose the true causes of depression and a determination not to be fooled by irrelevant attempts to raise extraneous issues.

The dissipation of the fog of silly reasoning by the lucid opinions rendered by the court creates the conditions suitable for a new era of accelerated progress and quickened economic recovery.

Rochester Evening Journal (Rochester, New York) Jun 18, 1935

RAYMOND MOLEY- from The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History:

In Jan. 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Moley to assemble advisors to develop programs for his presidential campaign; Moley selected mainly Columbia professors, who became the “Brain Trust.”

Moley wrote speeches and advised FDR in 1932-33. He resigned in Aug. 1933 over conflicts with Secretary of State Cordell Hull, but continued to advise and write speeches for FDR on a part-time, non-paid basis until 1936, when he grew disillusioned with New Deal hostility to business and FDR’s increasing involvement in foreign affairs. In 1933 Moley became editor of Today magazine, remaining after the 1937 merger with Newsweek, until 1967. In 1941 he began a nationally syndicated tri-weekly newspaper column. He wrote 19 books.

Moley was a senior advisor to Republican presidential aspirants Wendell Willkie, Barry Goldwater, and Richard Nixon. In 1970 he received the Medal of Freedom.