moments of decision will indicate the larger background and the enormous consequence of decisions made behind the scenes.
Sincerely Maxwell Anderson
[Early November, 1944]
To the Editor:
If there is such a thing as a life or death election this one coming up deserves to be called just that. The United States will emerge from the war with many times the power and responsibility we had in 1940. Power without wisdom is calamitous, and when a nation has great power without great wisdom its sons pay for its mistakes with their lives. If ever there was necessity for wisdom in Washington it is now and in the immediate future. That is the issue in this election: how to send to Washington or retain there enough brains and character in House, Senate and White House, to keep the peace of the earth for us at least during the next few decades. For the peace of the earth is going to be very largely in our keeping, whether we like it or not. We must play a part, and a great part, among the nations, and we must deal both honestly and wisely with our neighbor sovereignties, or war will come down on us all again--ten times magnified, ten times as bloody.
Now I am not an expert in international affairs, but we must all go to the polls next week and pass judgment on the men who seek to represent us in Washington. Probably no one of us is expert enough to choose well every time he pushes down a lever, but we must do our best. And one special responsibility rests on us of the 29th District, because it just happens that the whole country, and a large part of the English-speaking world, will watch what we do about Ham Fish. The Congressional election in this 29th District is second only to the Presidential contest in news value and significance. And our choice is a simple one. If we elect Gus Bennet to Congress a sigh of relief will go