Mail Tribune 100
Nov. 8, 1915
PAUCITY OF IDEAS
With the next session of Congress rapidly nearing, we read and hear much of the plans of able and scholastic representatives and wise and noble senators. We hear of plans for national defense, of an enlarged Army and Navy, improvements in rivers and harbors, of the care of our Indians and the old saw that always serves when all others are worn out — economy in expenditures.
With a large percentage of the people bankrupt, with thousands upon thousands homeless and hungry, we hear of no more practical way to conserve them as valuable citizens of this country than to build more warships and increase the standing Army.
The chains of existing social injustice and industrial wrong are easily cut or broken, but no hand dare attempt to sunder them. The nation knows it can be done, but stands hypnotized from long gazing at an old parchment called the Constitution, as helpless as Trilby under the gaze of Svengali.
We turn to pages of the press, the inspired voice of the people, and behold pages of football and society notes, of the adventures of Wallingford and exploits of Elaine, fit epitome of the life of a people afraid to think.
How thankful we are that men who lived five or 500,000 years ago devised an economic system for the present day. If they had not, we would have to do it for ourselves, and there are none among us for the task. So we drift on and, in the language of William Howard Taft, only God can help hungry people out of work, even though they stand in reach of a billion bushels of grain.