Public Papers and Letters of Oliver Max Gardner: Governor of North Carolina, 1929-1933

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of this Nation grass would grow in a hundred cities and towns and our churches and schools would decay. What a man! What a man! Is it possible that, in a country which has been governed by political parties for more than 135 years, one party alone has a complete monopoly on the brains, character, and capacity to govern? Is a Democrat to be disfranchised from becoming President of the United States? Were the foundation of this Republic undermined by such Democratic presidents as Jefferson, Jackson, Polk, Cleveland and Wilson?

Mr. Hoover from his high place, which is crumbling under his feet, takes himself too seriously. He should remember that he is not the first President to be defeated. Cleveland and Taft both tasted defeat and took it without prophesying that the foundation of the Republic would collapse.

Think of it! The President says that grass will grow in the streets if he is not reëlected. If Mr. Hoover is no better prophet about growing grass than he was about chickens, pots, and poverty in 1928, I do not believe the American people are greatly disturbed with his present predictions, his present maledictions, or his present political horticulture.

Did it ever occur to Mr. Hoover that perhaps one reason grass has not grown in the streets during his administration is that it never had a chance to grow. It was tramped in the dust by the feet of more than 10,000,000 men and women who are walking the streets of this country in absolute idleness.

The President could have had only one idea in view when he made the New York speech, and that was to parade the goblins and ghosts of fear. It is the sarcasm of politics that a people already "busted" are now to be scared to death by the defeated President of the United States. The Republican campaign touched the bot

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