The Treason of the Senate

By David Graham Phillips | Go to book overview

CHAPTER IV
Chief Spokesman of "The Merger"

WE have now seen the Aldrich- Gorman "merger" of the two party machines, and what sort of men Aldrich and Gorman are, and how they got their power. We have seen how, now by legislation and now by preventing or emasculating legislation, this "merger" diverts to its master, "the interests," more and more of the earnings and savings of the American people. We have seen that the "merger," with the Senate as its citadel, does the most, and most important, of this traitorous work in secrecy through a cunningly contrived system of committees, operated by chairmen who are stanch and skillful servants of "the interests." We have seen that, whenever it becomes necessary to complete the work in open, the "merger" arrays a secure majority, usually made of sena tors from both parties, to vote down the hasty and ill-considered" measure of the people or to pass the "safe and sane" measure of "the interests."

The open part of the treason is, of course, preceded by a debate to foot the people. The "merger" senators who are to vote for it must explain, with specious and learned

SNAP SHOT OF SENATOR SPOONER AT HIS WASHINGTON HOME

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