Senator Bennett Champ Clark in a radio address of May 5, 1939, inserted
in the Congressional Record
of May 8, 1939, at the request of Sen. Nye, after
charging that the President, under guise of measures "short of war", was leading
us to active participation said, "More than a year ago ( 1938) I charged in the
Senate . . . that the Nation was to be subjected to a deliberate, amply financed,
ably led propaganda participated in by high officials of the Government including
high-ranking officers of the Army and Navy designed to make this country war
minded and to prepare public opinion in the country for another costly adventure
abroad. That prediction has literally come to pass and we have had in the public
press, over the radio, and in the utterances and writings of high public officials the
efforts to lash our people into the pre-war frenzy that will ultimately lead to our
being called upon to offer up hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars of our national wealth in quarrels with which we have no direct concern.
"The United States can stay out of the next war if it wants to and if it understands what is necessary. . . . Such a policy means the sacrifice of the transitory
profits which come from warmongering. . . . It will be far, far cheaper for us
in the long run in blood and treasure and in the perpetuation of our most sacred
institutions. . . . It will save us from footing the bills for other nations whose
aims are not our aims and whose democracy is not our democracy."
As bitterness increased and the determination to destroy Germany mounted,
men like Priestley and Wells who had opposed war and ridiculed propaganda
were again enlisted. Mr. Wells who played so active a part in propaganda of
the last war invited "more or less officially, to do propaganda in Europe or America" wrote, "I will be damned if I lend myself to any propaganda". But
he came and did it though not satisfactorily to the Colonel Blimps who denounced
him in Parliament.
June 12, 1940 ( Chicago Tribune), Sen. Wheeler asked Sen. Holt what had
happened to the Clark Resolution to investigate British propaganda. Sen. Holt
replied, "I do not think it has the approval of Lord Lothian, the British ambassador". Nor had it of the Administration. Investigation would have changed the
course of recent history, and not in the way that Lothian and Roosevelt desired.
AN INTIMATE LETTER TO READERS
What you don't know won't hurt you perhaps. But there is no question that knowing things that are not true does a tremendous amount of
harm. The purpose of these Bulletins is to controvert much that is generally accepted, to uncover sinister propaganda, to expose bunk. That
is not fashionable at present.
Our universities and the financial centers on which they are so dependent deprecate the importance of propaganda, maintain that we are
propaganda proof, and cast aspersions on the propaganda hunters.
At the propaganda conference at Harvard (cf Bul #16), the tendency