scripting "the whole manpower of the United States from 18 to 64 will have a tremendous moral effect both inside and outside", he clamored.
"Wrong Horse Harry" was the sobriquet he had earned as Secretary of State. Though England then snubbed him, he is still subservient and advocates sending part of our Navy over there and opening our navy yards and ports to the British fleet.(8) Discounting Stimson's hysteria, the Committee cut conscription from 12 million to 900,000, in line with the recommendations of Sen. Lodge and Rep. Fish for a limited highly trained army of 750,000.
The president, facing a vigorous and uncommitted opponent, and knowing that conscription was political dynamite, had avoided a public statement, but was now forced to come out with a mild endorsement of "selective training" as "essential to national defense" ( N. Y. Times, Aug. 3). At this the Senate Committee again somersaulted and in the seventh draft of the bill returned to 12 million. And so the bill was reported Aug. 5, two weeks after the newspapers had led the public to believe it was all over.
Conscription, then, is Roosevelt's measure, his ambition. All the king's horses and all the king's men failed to put it across without him. Conscription and perhaps war may be necessary for his election.
"Evidence continues to pile up . . . that President Roosevelt's defense program has more to do with his campaign for a Third Term than national defense. President Roosevelt's strategy is to . . . set up before the election a war dictatorship. In this way he hopes to cinch his re-election." ( Weekly Foreign Letter, Aug. 1)
His 1936 "fools' gold" of war profits is the bait with which he wins the support of the "economic royalists", in his attempt to break the third term tradition and make for himself 'a place in history'.
Willkie has cannily evaded the traps set to commit him on conscription. But he has maneuvered Roosevelt into declaring for it.(9) Willkie waits to see the whites of their eyes before firing. So the intelligent "independent voter" waits on Willkie, hoping to know on August 17 what he stands and fights for. For all know,--"If you draft Roosevelt, he will draft you!" August 12, 1940