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here WE're fed up to with welfare bums and incompetents demanding a handout from the government. President Richard Nixon was indeed correct when he described the present welfare system as "demeaning" - tending to reduce the dignity of "scrubbing floors or emptying bedpans." An excellent example of this reduction of dignity in worthwhile work is provided by the executives, stockholders and bagholders of Lookheed Aircraft Corporation. Are they scrubbing floors or emptying bedpans now that they have proved they can't compete in our great American free enterprise system? You bet your life they're not. They have demanded a quarter-billion-dollar federal welfare handout and their actions while doing so are outrageous. These welfare lobbyists travel to and from Washington by jet aircraft and wine and dine at the best restaurants. You'd think they would have the common decency to hitchhike or take a bus and carry a sack lunch. But that is not the case. While the hard-working citizens who pay the freight are subsisting on peanut butter sandwiches and traveling to grandmother's house by ox cart, these brazen handout experts are living it up on the dole. Neighbors report that they all drive luxury automobiles, live in high-cost residential areas, and some of them even send their children to private schools. Apparently they are utterly without shame. We can imagine the reaction of our self-sufficient forefathers to the sight of one of these welfare drones asking for a handout while dressed in a Seville Row suit, silk shirt, hundred-dollar shoes and thirty-dollar cravat. Another creature avoiding the bedpan while accepting welfare is the big farmer. The federal government is now handing out between 59 and $10 billion a year to these lazy bums. Washington state - shame of shames - has quite a number of these dole-seekers. Responsible persons from east of the mountains have reported numerous instances of the welfare recipients driving to the post office in Cadillacs to pick up their subsidy checks. Reliable reports indicate that most of these deadbeats own color television sets and many make regular trips to Hawaii and Palm Springs while accepting public assistance. There have also been reports - undocumented, but undoubtedly true - that some of these public wards have been known to lobby for continuance of the handouts and have been rumored to contribute heavily to political candidates of both the Republican and Democratic religion. President Nixon has said: "If we were to underwrite eye,body's income, we would be undermining everybody'sl character." He seems a little confused, however, when it comes to underwriting the income of Lockheed and big farmers. We, the people, should help him clarify his thinking on this aspect of the welfare situation. Write your President a letter suggesting the last federal contribution to Lockheed be a truckload of scrub brushes and the final mailing to the nation's farmers a parcel post package containing one bedpan. Wl "You're hurtinc our morale." By Milton S. Jordan Jr. in the Ontario Methodist Messenger i am convinced that if we are to establish a system of law and order and freedom we must do it by making justice an intregral part of law enforcement. Newsweek pointed out in a recent article, "The men who wrote the constitution put justice even before domestic tranquility on their list of priorities for this More Perfect Union." On our own part Justice will demand a re-awakening of those fundamental attitudes of the United State's legal and judicial system, especially "Equality before the law," and "The presumption of innocence until guilt is proven." All "persons" (including individuals, corporations and governmental units) must stand equally in the courts, and all persons must be presumed innocent until they are proven guilty. These two fundamentals seem to be fast disappearing from our attitudes. Certain individuals and all too many corporations and governmental units have somehow acquired immunity from certain laws, national and international. The presumption of guilt is heard regularly in the oft repeated statement, "The courts are turning too many guilty people loose." This latter is by definition impossible under the presumption of innocence. Henry Steele Commager, well known historian and educator has dealt with this issue in an insightful article, "The Roots of Lawlessness," in the February 13, 1971 issue of Saturday Review. In his conclusion he states: "The problem Lincoln faced in 1838 is with us once again: the breakdown of the social fabric and its overt expression in the breakdown of the law. Lincoln's solution, if greatly oversimplified, is ?~, .:, ~ t '5 "The country doesn't know it yet but it has created a monster, a monster in the form of millions of men who have been taught to deal and to trade in violence, and who have been given the chance to die for the biggest nothing in history; men who have returned with a sense of anger, and a sense of betrayal which no one has yet grasped. "In 1970 at West Point Vice President Agnew said 'some glamorize the criminal misfits of society while our best men die in Asian rice paddies to preserve the freedom which most of these misfits abuse.' This is a terrible distortion because we in no way consider ourselves the best men of this country, because those he calls misfits are standing up for us in a way that nobody else in this country dared to, because so many who have died would have returned to this country to join the misfits in their effort to ask for an immediate withdrawal from Vietnam, because so many of those best men have returned as quadriplegics and amputees, and they lie forgotten in the VA hospitals, and we cannot consider ourselves America's best men when we are ashamed of, and hate, what we were called on to do in Southeast Asia. And to attempt to justify the loss of one American life in Vietnam, by linking such loss to the preservation of freedom which those misfits supposedly abuse, is to us the height of criminal hypocrisy, that kind of hypocrisy which we feel has torn the country apart." John Kerry, leader of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, before Senate Foreign Relations Committee, April 22. __pitol dome: Editor, The Journal: Though this article may not be in keeping with your views, or that of your newspaper, I think it is a majority view of Americans. Would you have the space, or the courage to print it? I hope so, as I feel it defines the liberal, square as some of us might be, and certainly gives us something to bolster our courage. Mrs. Dorothy Wittenberg by K. ROSS TOOLE Professor of History University of Montana I am 49 years old. It took me many years and considerable anguish to get where I am - which isn't much of anyplace except exurbia. I was nurtured in depression; I lost four years to war; I am invested with sweat; I am a "liberal," I am square and I am sick of hippies, Yippies, militants and nonsense. I am a professor at the University of Montana, and I am tired of being blamed, maimed and contrite; I am tired of tolerance and the reaching out (which is always my function) for understanding. I am sick of the total irrationality of the campus "rebel," whose bearded visage, dirty hair, body odor and "tactics" are childish but brutal, naive but dangerous, and the essence of arrogant tyranny - the tyranny of spoiled brats. As a professor and as the father of seven children, ranging in age from 7 to 23, I have watched this new generation and concluded that most of them are fine. But a minority are not - and the trouble is that the minority threatens to tyrannize the majority and take over. I dislike that minority; I am aghast that the majority "takes" it and allows itself to be used. As one fed-up member of the "Establishment" (which, by the way, is nothing but a euphemism for "society"), I say it's time to call a halt. We owe the "younger generation" what all "older generations" have owed younger generations - love, protection to a point, and respect when they deserve it. We do not owe them our souls, our privacy, our whole lives - and, above all, we do not owe them immunity from our mistakes, or their own. Every generation makes mistakes, always has and always will. We have made our shire. But my generation has also made America the most affluent country on earth. It has tackled, head-on, a racial problem as no nation in history had dared to do. It has publicly declared war on poverty, and it has gone to the moon; it has desegregated schools and abolished polio; it has presided over the beginning of what is probably the greatest social and economic revolution in history. It has begun these things, not finished them. It has declared itself, and committed itself, and taxed itself, and damn near run itself into the ground, in the cause of social justice and reform. Its mistakes are fewer than those of my father's generation - or his father's, or his. Its greatest mistake is not Vietnam; it is the abdication of its first responsibility, its pusillanimous capitulation to its youth. Since when have children ruled this country? By virtue of what right, by what accomplishment should teen-agers, wet behind the ears and utterly without the benefit of having lived long enough to have long and NAACP. An old the wars of United States recently 'radicals' enough to platform, let way out of can - because destroy parks untenable, : of our streets, I assert with this because we country, n01 materialism or simply because keep that and failed to when it got power; we do We have the exercised it. To the rely on the National Guard, fences and a we will fail. disdain, not reassess a hard way, by firm teachers, and politicianS. The vast children from kids. We majority the to them and to of apology, enough res denial of our good sense. The best home. But either judgment or wisdom, become the sages of our time? The psychologists, educators and preachers say the young are rebelling against our archaic mores and morals, our materialism, our failures in diplomacy, our terrible ineptitude in racial matters, our narrowness as parents, our blindness to the root ills of society. Balderdash! Common courtesy and a regard for the opinions of others are not merely decoration on the pie crust of society - they are the heart of the pie. Too many "youngsters" are egocentric boors. They will not listen and discuss; they will only shout down and throw rocks. Society has classically ostracized arrogance without the backing of demonstrable accomplishment. Why, then, do we tolerate arrogant slobs urinating on our beliefs and defiling our premises? It is not the police we need - our generation and theirs - it is an expression of our disgust and disdain. Yet we do more than permit this behavior; we dignify it with introspective flagellation. Somehow it is our fault. Balderdash again! Sensitivity was not invented in 1950. The young of any generation have felt the same impulse to reach out, to touch the stars, to live freely and to let the mind loose along unexplored corridors. Young men and women have always felt the same vague sense of restraint that separated them from the ultimate experience - the sudden and complete expansion of the mind, the final fulfillment. It is one of the oldest, sweetest and most bitter experiences of mankind. Today's young people did not invent sensitivity; they do not own it. And what they seek to attain, all mankind has sought to attain, throughout the ages. Shall we, therefore, approve the presumed attainment of it through drugs? And shall We, permissively, let them poison themselves simply because, as in most other respects, we feel vaguely guilty because we brought them into this world? Again, it is not police raids and tougher laws that we need; it is merely strength. The strength to explain, in our potty, middle-aged way, that what they seek, we sought; that it is somewhere, but sure as hell not in drugs. Society, the "Establishment," is not a foreign thing we seek to impose on the young. It - along with the 18-year-olds - is the product of thousands of years of the development of mankind. We know it is far from perfect. We did not make it; we have only sought to change it. We win, if we win at all, slowly and painfully. The fact that we have been only minimally successful is the story of all generations - as it will be the story of the generation coming up. Knowing this, why do we listen subserviently to the violent tacticians of the new generation? Either they solve all problems this week or join a wrecking crew of paranoids. Youth has always been characterized by impatient idealism. If it were not, there would be no change. But impatient idealism does not extend to guns, fire bombs, riots, vicious arrogance and instant gratification. That is not idealism; ;t is childish tyranny. The worst of it is that we (professors and faculties in particular), in a paroxysm of self-abnegation, go along, apologize as if we had personally created the ills of the world - and thus lend ourselves to chaos. We are the led, not the leaders. And we are fools. As a professor I meet the activists and revolutionaries every day. They are inexcusably ignorant. If they want to make a revolution, do they study the ways to do it? Of course not! Their hero is Che Guevara, whose every move was a miscalculation and a mistake. He failed; he died in the jungles of Bolivia with an army of six. I have yet to talk to an "activist" who has read Crane B rinton's "Anatomy of Revolution," or who is familiar effective place., campuses. Tla~ flood of angry clamp-down, simply me~ should stop demonstratOrS with police The power strangely oldest col q an old proceSS have forgotten those who Freudian 'academic IZ prosaic f0r~ orgia This is decent, myself. It is people fed up need - tax-ridden, weary and It is our have fought dreamed for is time to Editor, our opinion, unpatriotiC. How month is the by Robert C. Cummings automatically expire. The first first quarter of this year. The Republican-dominated House Amid all of the argument overreview would be required prior to total authorized so far for plant with the aid of nine Democratic legality of bills passed after the 1977 Legislature. expansion adds up to $44.2 votes, the bill wound up in the midnight of the May 10 deadline, This would put the burden of million. Senate Commerce Committee. two measures have escaped justifying exemptions to the The other proposed Lobbyists for the bill were notice. They are proposed Legislature upon persons, firms constitutional amendment to be given to understand that if they mind, that constitutional amendments, and organizations which enjoy approved after midnight, HJR 52, could muster seven Democratic things One, HJR 1, would require a them. would impose a sliding scale on votes for the measure, the about in legislative review every 10 years As it always has been easier to the public debt ceiling, based on a Republicans would supply the 18 in the of nearly all tax exemptions,kill a bill than to pass one, it percentage of average state other votes needed to pass it. thing. Or, for times a flag obsolete. Am God-cente: Godly d some country kn This bJ Why is it classroona, find th: sup country schools. PollutiOti is one 'tc%l still valid: reverence for the law. A people will revere the law when it is The other, HJ R 52, an would be much more difficult to e~Y;;rP2~l r~earaet; lsYO 20 RePsU, bI with the works of Jefferson, Washington, Paine, Adams or even soon to just and seen to be just. But no matter how many litanies we intone, we executive request measure, would pass a measure extending an will not reduce our eo le t rinse the conshtutional $400,000 p p o obey laws that those in authority do not " " " exemption than it is to kill a bill g $120 millio . stand only two negative votesMarx or Engels. I have yet to talk Putting emsel es obey ceiling on the public debt repealing it. Its purpose ts to enable the state from the Republican side of the to a student militant who has read public, s, th ....... v ..... ,. to issu general obligation bonds aisle. . Being constitutional The most stnkmg feature of lawlessness in America today is that it ...... Just One Example about racism elsewhere or who beginmng" + , ..... amenament proposals oom without first having to get B u t a ft er the seven understands, even primitively, the is encouragea t)y punnc examples. It is no use telling a Mississippi Negro immediately were bevond reach Repeal is the only means of approval of the voters This is Democratic votes were rounded to revere the law that is palpably an instrument of unjustice to him and of the Governor's veto pen upon getting any tax exemption off the d !:sno Yrelqmrngarehe2 ;up i2!tlb IbabylSyhdel2CRV u! !!i his race. It is no use exhorting the young to obey the law when most of passage, even if he were disposed books under the present cb 1 e , major institutions of our society - the great corporations, the powerful to use his red ink. But unless the constitution Some even are t trade unions, the very instruments of government --- flout the law Supreme Court upholds the locked into the constitution. An. But opponents fear this could that, butYin PPo~emdittee it w~Ys whenever it gets in their way. legality of measures enacted after idea of how much would be at lead to Legtsiatures passing their discovered that even some .... stake is shown by a Department problems onto the future by using Renublicans who mimht supportMailing Address: Box 430, Shelton, We. 98584 It is of little use to admonish a young man about to be drafted to the deadline, or unless they are of Revenue report on the bonded ndebtedness to balance the measure if it reached the--~ reenacted, both facealmost revere the law when he knows that he is to be an instrument for the . Manufacturers' Tax Credit Act of the 0uaget. certain challenges Everybod-, a floor, were unwilling to let it out Published at Shelton, Mason countY, violation of international law on a massive scale by his own ' 1965 (The Intalco Bill). . ........ y, grees that theof committee They just didn't weekly, except two issues during wee~ ~ St mtcu~lvel " " " " " Entered as Seco~ter at the pOS. government, it is futile to celebrate the rule of law and sanctity of life Millions At Stake Though this act has been me ~..;o~ ...... Y lobbied bill mwant to vote on xt. Needless to when our own armies engage in ghoulish body counts," burn Millions in tax exemptionsrepealed, credits may be granted , tlae .L~_~uxe.was the measure say, those seven Democrats were unoffending villages, and massacre civilians, would be at stake if HJR 1 until July 1, next year, on to lncl/~se .interest rates on equally reluctant. Member ofNationalEditorial/'~ While governments, corporations, and respectable elements in our became a part of the constitution, construc(i0n work performed consume credit from 12 to 15 If enacted, the bill would have Member of Washington Newspaper pub , lessness and wolence After each leglslatwe review of society not only countenance law : ' " " "but actively " vr 1" under contracts which were perllcer~tiedPe~t Ytear..Though it nullified Initiative 245, SUBSCRIPT ONRATES $5.00 per Yelr tax exemphons e e y u years, signed prior to January 1. finn Y eyed alive right establishing the 12 per cent in advance--Outside Mason :,~ll engageb,:ir.t, edinb,,it,whatViolenCes f, ,ewill, i,hlnSpread" and lawlessness will flourish. We are any" of which "'weren"t reenacted ' An additional $321,080 in dow/~ tttteherwlr;-a s s . interest ceiling, which was ": : ........... by the Legislature would credits were approved during the tag the approved by the voters two years EDITOR AND PUBLISHER .......... i.." Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, May 20, 1971 ago.