tion. Conscription is a factor in the struggle for votes, power, profits. (9) August 20, 1940
Senatorial opponents of the draft had hardly opened their mouths when the
press and administration-inspired commentators started to berate them for delaying action. On the third day of debate Sen. Taft protested against the savage
pressure for haste. Next evening Gen. Marshall, Army chief-of-staff, on a national radio hook-up said, "Further delays might seriously jeopardize the effectiveness of preparations to provide the nation with adequate military defense".
( PM, Aug. 5)
That there is nothing new in our friendless condition is explained by Samuel Crowther ("America Self-Contained", Doubleday, Doran), "We in the United States have today no friends among the nations of the earth . . . this,
and only this, have we accomplished by dint of nearly two decades of insistent
meddling into the affairs of other nations". And Demaree Bess, the European
correspondent for the Sat Eve Post, writes from the Bristol Hotel, Paris July 25, 1940, "As seen from this angle, American foreign policy looks more screwy than
ever. We seem to be determined to make enemies of every strong or potentially
strong country in the world. If, after doing that, we go to war with them all, the
sorry picture will be complete. Whatever happens, we have succeeded in making
every other country hates us, with excellent reason. If that is what our so-called
statesmen were aiming at, they have been past masters in getting what they
Section 8H of the Burke-Wadsworth Bill provided that, "Any person inducted into the land or naval forces for training and service . . . be permitted to
vote in any election occurring in the State of which he is resident, if under the
laws of such State he is entitled to vote in such election." But anyone familiar
with the red tape of applying for and delivering an absentee ballot -- plus the
need for signing it -- will be dubious of the effectiveness of this provision.
Col. Robert R. McCormick broadcasts ( Oct. 6, 1940) that in only a short
400 day war against Germany alone "we would be sure of a cost of 400 billion
dollars, and several million ruined lives".
(5) "The Draft ought to be made as popular as possible; and it ought to be
aimed at raising contingents of born brutes and young brutes. For our total war
forces, we've got to have men who are strong, smart, young and brutal." ( N. Y. Daily News, Washington Times Herald, Sept. 12)
The value of conscription for democracy and for individual discipline is accented. Major General John F. O'Ryan, an advocate, has said, "The first thing
that must be done is to destroy all initiative, and that with the training fits men
to be soldiers. We have to have our men trained so that the influence of fear is
overpowered by the peril of an uncompromising military system often backed up
by a pistol in the hands of an officer. The recruits have got to put their heads into
the military noose. They have got to be jacked up. They have got to be bawled
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Book title: Getting US into War.
Contributors: Porter Sargent - Author.
Publisher: P. Sargent.
Place of publication: Boston.
Publication year: 1941.
Page number: 431.
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