mongering, but actually tried to go it one better. . . . So the poor lad took to the stump with his withers already wrung."(8)
The President believes that he was drafted for a third term because his fellow citizens believed him to be the one and indispensable. Such self-deception may be excusable. But now he wants to appoint his successor,(9) and Wallace, he tells us, is the only one qualified. How long would it take Willkie to arrive at such self-confidence?
"Most Democrats here are relying on the President's handling of the foreign situation to keep them in power another four years" ( Ehrlich).
"Mr. Roosevelt seeks to perpetuate himself in power by frightening us", charged Representative Hoffman ( Congressional Record, April 23). Roosevelt knows the potency of fear. In 1933 he said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear".(10)
Roosevelt's "war adventure has cost 14 billions, and we are hardly at the beginning of it", Mencken, Sept. 8, reminds us. And it may run to 100 billions in the next four years. Would Willkie save a few billions?
Let none believe that we would unduly influence any free American to vote for one candidate or another. Such guilt shall not rest upon our conscience. Still in doubt and seeking enlightenment, we grasp at straws, one day at Willkie, another at Roosevelt.
Fervently we hope the result may be so close that there may be inaugurated in 1940 one touched with some humility, with some faith in his own people, some skepticism toward foreign power politics, some hesitancy about shedding American blood in Asiatic waters or on African or Brazilian soil, with desire to "Save America First".(11) September 28, 1940