|"The Light That Must Not Fail" by Harry Murphy for Chicago Examiner, May 5, 1917|
|"That Wooden One" by Nelson Harding in Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 5, 1917|
President Wilson, who has been right in so many things of late, is singularly wrong in his advocacy of this bill to suppress free speech and free publication.
He says that he can be trusted not to misuse the extraordinary powers which this bill confers. Possibly he can be so trusted, but why should any American President desire to see the provisions of the American Constitution violated in order to secure despotic powers which are essentially unAmerican as well as unconstitutional?
|"Transplanting the Czar" by Oscar Cesare in New York Evening Post, May 4, 1917|
Why should an American President, even though he might be as great as any American President we have ever had, desire to set an example in autocracy, and create a precedent which would surely be abused by some less able or less loyal chief executive elected at some future period?100 years later, we have a permanent state of war, and a congenital liar as our greatly less able, less loyal chief executive who openly advocates punishment for anyone in the media who dares to contradict him (and a Justice Department that has prosecuted and convicted a woman for laughing at the Attorney General)... but I digress.
|"All Ready to Fight of Liberty" by Boardman Robinson in The Masses, June, 1917|
The Masses is throwing all its weight against militarism and nationalistic prejudice. It is attempting to minimize the effect on public opinion of a press dominated by military expediency and patriotic emotionalism. It is trying to think clearly and tell the truth without patriotic hatred and without patriotic sentimentality.
Ours is a difficult task.
|"The Prisoner" by George Bellows in The Masses, July, 1917; earlier in The Blast.|
|"Jail Them" by Sidney Greene in New York Evening Telegram, May 4, 1917|
By the way, I see that Mark Green, Trump's second nominee for Secretary of the Army and the subject of the cartoon I posted here on Thursday, withdrew his name from consideration on Friday. I guess I don't know my own strength.