From across the seas continue to come hordes of statesmen, lecturers, authors,--to tell us with sad recrimination of what is 'right' and 'wrong' and of our lack of moral responsibility. The propaganda resources of the British Empire are at the service of insuring a third term for our pro-British President, who is their white hope.(19)(20)
In this present confusion, the propaganda 'stars' hold the whip hand while America bares its back for the 'stripes',--now paying taxes on 44 billion from the last war and paying 3 to 4 billion this coming year toward the new war. And our money is desperately needed not merely for war but to win and hold new allies,--Turkey, Italy.
Meanwhile the British take our ships where the President has forbidden them to go, loot them, confiscate the mail, demand more money and castigate us for our lack of devotion to 'morality and religion'.(21) The 'Stars' and 'Stripes',--Forever?
In late November, before the Finnish flare-up, those in Washington, who size up the international situation and contribute to the confidential financial private letters, estimated the odds on our getting into the war at about 2 to 3. Now our sympathy for Finland has reversed the odds. This is the time to intensify the propaganda campaign and to win us over for War. And so the War goes on, on all fours. "Fore!" calls out Chamberlain. "Fore!" cry Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, each planning a long shot.(22)
December 15, 1939