(ship operator) has made no payment on its notes amounting to more than five
million dollars.'" ( Friday, Feb. 21, 1941)
Occasional items in the newspapers have continued to report for the past
two years the removal of mail from the American clippers and steamers that stop
at Bermuda and to tell of the arrival of hundreds of additional Censors from England to continue the practice. It was reported that Secretary Hull protested
again and again during the long period. At one time he even suggested that the
Bermuda stop be omitted, but no change was made and it is evident that Hull's
protests were for home consumption to quiet the American people while they
were becoming conditioned to British ways.
The President in his lend-lease bill has finally provided that our Navy yards
be made available for the repair of articles of defense, including British battleships, as Stimson has long been advocating.
"These wide-spread discussions on active issues of public policy are of
great significance. They may well develop into a new type of democratic technique" ("American Youth"). The handicap to this is the great difficulty of
organizing such public expression, of creating a government organization of volunteers to meet emergencies, to fight against and counteract your elected representatives who can be directly and secretly approached by lobbyists interested in
passing the measure the people wish to oppose, and influenced by the pressure
that the Administration through its patronage system can bring upon legislators
to conform. A senator from Georgia may be elected with the connivance or at
the direction of a few important men in Georgia. It takes only a few thousand
votes. George was elected by one-fifth of 1% of the population (2% of 10%,
cf Bul # 94).
"The important thing" says Taussig, "is not only to educate the citizen, and
particularly the young citizen, to a sense of responsibility toward his country, but
to make him conscious of his own civic potency." (This will probably not be
very impressive in Georgia). "We must, however, be alert to detect efforts to
destroy democracy under the guise of movements to change or even to maintain
our present economic system. Indeed, capitalism is as good a camouflage for
subversive activities as socialism. The unemployed, young or old, who submit to
the indignity of enforced idleness without complaint, without active effort to
change the system that is responsible for their condition, are not exercising their
citizenship. They too are the enemies of democracy."
'WAR AND PEACE' PROPAGANDA
'Blessed are the peacemakers' for they shall call themselves the children of God, and shall inherit the earth. "Once more we deplore, we
deplore and abhor the German attacks on our worth. It is cheek, but
the meek turn the cheek ev'ry week and hope to inherit the earth."
( Douglas Reed, "Disgrace Abounding", Cape, 1939).
"A new and better peace" is the keynote of the current propaganda