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Tomorrow is the day of the Viet
nam War Moratorium. The left-wing
ers have announced that all across the
nation students will skip classes and
workers will stay off their jobs. By so
doing, they are supposed to bring >
about some type of modern day
miracle. The Moratorium, they say,
can end the war. That's what they say.
We say hogwash.
It is foolish -bordering on the mor
onic-that anyone should think the
President needs pressure exerted upon
him to end the war. His political
future depends on getting out of
Vietnam. Mostly it depends on getting
out with some degree of face saving.
Surely it does not depend on surrend
It is time the responsible people in
this country stood up and recognized
this sort of thing for what it is. These
left wingers are not- interested in
bringing home our servicemen. Look
at the number of service wives who
have denounced this sort of thing.
Surely they above all others want
their husbands home.
These Moratorium people are a
fraid they will have to go. They are
cowards. Or they are working in the
best interest of the Communists. Or
they are being led by those who are
working for Communism. It is shock
ing indeed to see college presidents
and teachers falling victim to this cry
for peace at any price. This country is
in retfl trouble. When the public will
not support, p .fight against an enemy
a$ dangerous as tne Comrnunists, we
havtf no place to go but down.
Surely these who study history or
otherwise keep abreast of world hap
penings cannot be blind to-the things
Communism has done and is doing in
much of the world. Surety they can
not be so naive as not to know that
the same thing can happen here. Un
derstanding this brand of American
gets more difficult every day.
Nevertheless, tomorrow, there will
be demonstrations against the war.
And while Americans die in Vietnam
protecting the rights of others to
protest, responsible Americans will
turn their heads away as if nothing is
happening. And the left wingers and
their sick causes will continue to
plague and endanger the freedoms of
every citizen. Today they want us to
sell out to the Viet Cong-tomorrow,
as it suits their purpose it can be the
Russians or the Chinese.
Once we get into the habit of
surrender, there is likely to be no end.
Should Russia or China decide to
carry out a Pearl Harbor type attack
on us tomorrow morning, they would
not meet with the resistance that
greeted the Japanese in December,
It's a shame of our times but
Americans-many of them- no longer
love their country. Except the love for
.what it affords them personally. They
have no interest in its future, its safety
or its principles. Think about these
things on Moratorium day. Ask your
selves how many of the demonstrators
would have stood and fought at York
town, Gettysburg, Argonne Forest,
the Bulge or Iwo Jimp. Frightening,
No Tax Needed
Whiteville (N.C.) News-Reporter
Johnston County's State Senator J.
Marvin Johnson in a letter to The
Smithfield Herald says our state go
vernment could have provided every
pay raise proposed this year and every
capital improvement needed "without
picking the pockets" of North Caro
lina citizens by means of taxation.
Senator Johnson cites the continu
ing increase in tax collections on the
state Irvel to substantiate his claim
that ine gas tax of two cents per
gallo obacco tax and more were not
needed but nevertheless were saddled
on state citizens.
Here is the heart of Mr. Johnson's
In August of this year, the latest
Revenue Department statement
rfiows, net Highway and General Fund
collections amounted to $94 million.
In August 1968, collections totaled
General Fund collections were up
to $73.8 million from $62.2 million a
year earlier. Highway Furjd collections
jumped from $15.1 million in August
1968 to $20.3 million in August this
year. Gasoline tax receipts amounted
to $19 million this August A year
earlier, the State collected $13.9 mil
lion in gasoline taxes.
For the first two months of the
current fiscal year (July ana August)
General Fund revenue collections ran
$19.8 million higher than in the cor
responding period of 1968. Highway
Fund collections were up $8.6 mil
lion. Gasoline tax collections were up
Senator Johnson's letter to the
"I enclose herewith a copy of the
North Carolina Department of Re
venue statement of revenues received
for the month of August. It is sup
plied to all legislators monthly and
also to the public.
"I used this as my basis for oppos
ing all, each and every tax proposed
by the Scott administration. It speaks
just too loud for a prudent person to
close his eyes and ears to. Every salary
and wage raise proposed and every
needed capital improvement could
have been provided for without 'pick
ing the pockets' of North Carolina
citizens for a single or additional tax.
Individuals and businesses are certain
ly not realizing any such upvtard gains
and profits as are reflected in these
published revenue collections.
'The public, I believe, is not being
properly informed as to the real facts
concerning our State revenue situa
, The Frajfa$n Times
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
Fight To Win, Or Get Out
Mount Olive Tribune, Mount Olive,
Some time back we talked with a
man who has more than usual reason
to understand the thinking of govern
ment in fighting the Viet Nam war on
a limited or halfway basis.
His explanation in a nutshell was
that the U. S. could not do things like
bombing the heart of the nation's
warmaking capacity, or blockading
and destroying ports without the dan
ger of bringing Red China or Russia
into the war on a direct basis.
That's what we have suspected, and
the simple translation is that we will
not and cannot win the war with the
official thinking to date.
If Russia or Red China intervenes,
it will be to keep North Viet Nam
from losing, whether the cause be
bombing, blockading, or action in the
south. So, in effect, our policy is
actually to see that North Viet Nam
does NOT lose, for fear of bringing its
big allies directly into the war. As a
result, we're not even doing a good
job of self-defense for our men over
there, much less moving toward vic
That's a shameful way for America
to go ib battle. All decency and
humanity call for any war, if it hap
pens, to be ended as quickly as possi
ble. We should win this one because
our national honor and our interna
tional commitments call for us to be
over there. If we don't do this, then
there's very little more shame, if any;
in just pulling out as soon as possible.
We should begin trying to win this
war. If we're afraid to do that, we
should hang our heads in shame and
And, begin preparation at once for
the next war, bigger and nearer home,
which such a weak posture would
surely encourage.? EB.
Words of Wisdom
Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill
is knowing how to do it, virtue is not doing
CURIOUS NEW ROLE
FOR A SUCKER FISH
JOHN J. SYNOb
The Pittsburgh dust-up be
tween white construction
workers and blacks who want
into the union holds a curious
Labor, since the early days
of the New Deal, has been
both the darling and the
backbone of the Democratic
party; the Liberals.
Successive Democratic ad
ministrations have enacted
preferential legislation of
such benefit to Labor as to
vitiate employer resistence to
Labor's demands. Today, as
for 35 years, Labor gets what
Labor wants, smooth, slick,
with hardly a ripple of pro
In return, Labor has spent,
does spend, multiple millions
of tax-free dollars in electing
Liberals whose principals per
mit such political favoritism.
Thus, Labor has waxed fat
while the cynical Liberals got
on with their schemes.
One such scheme has been
this civil-rights drive; the
natural get of the Liberals.
Out of that has come the
demanding blacks of Pitts
burgh; socialism in the raw.
Black demands are based
on force, irrespective of
merit. And, since they are,
they are on all fours with the
historical demands of Labor.
Specifically, the blacks
want into the unions, now.
They want in and they want
"more", by whatever means,
"more" - and they mean to
get "more" -- in this instance,
right from the .hide of Labor.
And that is an unheard of
development -- taking from
Labor. Rather like an over
ture to the queen. You
cawnt do that, you know.
The theory of unionism is
one of exclusion, not inclu
sion. Moreover, unionism is
productive for its members
only within the context of a
free-enterprise system. Labor
unions, under socialism, are
but shells: Every worker, un
der socialism, is a "union"
man, therefore the extorted
rewards that accrue to card
carriers, under free enterprise,*
are not there under socialism.
How could it be other
wise? There is only so much
in the trough and if everyone
has equal access to it, there is
no point to a union, to pay
ing union dues.
The Labor Bosses know
And that it why this Pitts
burgh thing is irreconcilable:
Unionism is (the sucker fish
of) free enterprise; "civil
rights" is (the face of) socia
lism. Ideologically and basi
cally, the two are repugnant
to one another.
The blacks see little merit
in a scale of wages pegged to
productivity. (Labor doesn't
either, as a matter of fact,
except as it suits Labor's
selfish purpose). That stuff is
out, man. To hear black
spokesmen tell it, their un
skilled, individual needs are as
great as those of any white
carpenter, mason, electrician,
or steel worker. Therefore,
under the theory of socialism
-made a reality, ironically, by
Labor money -they are en
titled to .their "needs":
"From each according to his
ability", so the canard runs,
"to each according to his
What may come of it is
interesting and curious. It
may be Labor has enough
muscle to throw back the
Pittsburgh blacks. But even if
it has, so what? That won't
end it. There is already
another front under way, em
bodied in the government
sponsored Philadelphia Plan,
a quota system for blacks
that is scheduled to begin in
It won't work, either.
Despite the hypocritical, in
tegration incantations of
George Meany, Labor's pooh
-bah. Labor will be no more
share its bone than will any
other predator. That's one
reason the plan won't work.
But the principal reason, as I
imply, lies in the heart of
unionism, exclusion. If the
unions cannot exclude, they
will die. And you may believe
it, nobody connected with
the trade-union movement is
about to see its house carried
away; its rank-and-file is
every whit as ham-fisted
physical as are the black mili
Something new, I suspect,
is in the making. This con
frontation may see thesucker
fish turn into a tiger shark,
blooding the streets in
curious defense of free enter
And somewhere in Val
halla, J. P. Morgan will laugh
to see such sport, as the
blacks run away with the
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this harvest or a new farm tractor for next season, you can take advantage of fall plowing
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ilO. On the combine, there is no finance charge until April 1, l?/w.
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