North Carolina Newspapers

    VOL. 1 NO. 1
SEPTEMBER 20, 1968
Editorial: Commentary
Policy Statement, Election Insight-
So there is always a beginning. Such is the case with THE CAVALIER. May
there never be an end. We hope with our new name to scrap all past history
of Montreat newspapers and give the students something they'll want to discuss,
at least not a pulp product to wrap fish in or line garbage cans with.
Each week we hope to publish n:ws that is the unadorned truth. Our
editorial ambition is to print carefully weighed opinion and permit the
right of reply. If we infuriate you or gladden your heart, we'd like to
know. The blue pencil will not weigh heavily. However, grammatical or
stylistic changes will be made as needed in any correspondence. In addition,
letters must be signed. But, we shall in no way alter the thought, whether
or not it is widely shared or the convictions of a handful or of only an
Our attention shall be turned toward no particular group. We will not
rubber stamp administration policy. Nor shall we always reach accord with
student sentiments. If some action is laudatory, our praise goes to it. If
shoddy, our reaction will be stern reproof. It is as worthwhile to scold as
to extol. Because of deep concern and feeling we incessantly maintain our
right to criticize our school, nation, world, or perhaps indulge in laughter
about the whole human comedy. This week, let's look at a national entertain
ment, the 1968 presidential race. It can do no harm.
Regardless of how silly it may appear at times, we have in this way (the
format's the same, only the method differs) chosen men like Jefferson, Andrew
Jackson (no national debt at one point in his administration), and Lincoln
(the backwoods veneer concealed political sophistication).
This year's candidates are engaged in a three cornered fight. They are
an amazing trio. There is the Wall Street Lawyer who hopes to give the
underprivileged and disenchanted a "piece of the action," that is a part of
free enterprise. Another candidate runs to give the "lil' old" forgotten man
a chance to have a say in government. The Democratic standard bearer is an
ex-pharmacist who hopes to play alchemist and create enough anti-administration
gold to gain support from a prospecting fourth fellow who happens to be some
thing of a guru to the young. Other than that, candidate^number four, a failed
nom.inee, performs feats of memory, quoting Chesterton at will.
Among the down-home boy, the druggist and the lawyer, the current betting
favorite is the barrister. The last President many of his party speak of was
a gangly veteran of the Black Hawk wars also seasoned in the legal profession.
Though this leader in the sixties of the century preceding ours never orated
on the "inner city" or "law and order," he did speak of "a house divided,"
quoting from the Bible. This is considered pretty gauche in 1968.
Today, like Orphan Annie or Charlie Brown, the front runner is a known dog
owner, at least in the past, of a spaniel named "Checkers." As he never publicly
pulled its ears, he may have rallied the ASPCA vote to his banner.
Still, he must stave off the challenge of the glib druggist, who calls him
"Fearless Fosdick" in an obvious attempt to gain the support of old LaGuardia
partisans. Too, he must be wary of the "ol'guvner" who is around stumping for
"jes' plain pee-pul." Ever a raconteur in many of his spiels, at one stop
he called to mind a time in his flaming youth when he sold magazine subscriptions
in a small North Carolina town. An adoring public heard this bit of nostalgia.
In truth, some in his audience paid twenty-five dollars for barbecue plates
at a supper two hours before the fiery rhetoric began.
Americans, with his dark horse name constantly before them, may write in
Louis Harris, dashing all hopes of: (1) joyful politics (2) standing up for
American and (3) giving the Loyal Opposition their chance.
WAR NOTES: What of the 20-year old Marine, recently found guilty of murdering
five Saigon civilians? Some people just don't know when to kill and when
not to It's all pretty confusing to us but then everyone can't have John
Wayne's analytical abilities.
Editor Frank Parrish
Managing Editor Kitty Kohlins
Sports Editor Steve Gragg
Business Manager Susan Hardee
Circulation . . . . Jan Shepherd
Betsy Smith
THE CAVALIER is published weekly by Montreat Anderson College, Montreat, N.C.,
and printed by Groves Printing Company, Asheville, N.C.
Hungarian Freedom Fighter
Students and faculty will have the
opportunity to hear Ferenc Nagy
Wednesday evening at 8;00 p. m.
September 24th and Thursday morning,
September 25th. Mr. Nagy will also
visit several classes while on campus.
Nagy was the last freely chosen FVemier
before communism took over his country
in 1947. He is the author of "In Quest of
Freedom, " published by the U. S.
I nforrnation Agency.
Beneath the mild exterior of Ferenc
Nagy burns a stubborn resistance to
tyranny and a devotion to the people of
his homeland, Hungary.
Jailed for his political beliefs by the
nazis, then forced from office as FVemier
by the communists in 1947 for those same
beliefs, Nagy now lives a quiet life in
the United States.
Hungary knew freedom only briefly after
the Axis defeat in World War II when the
first—and last—free election was held.
Nagy himself was chosen President of the
new Assembly of Hungary's Fbriiament
(left), and later Premier.
Seeking to rebuild his war-ravaged
country, he tried to govern in coalition
with the communists. For his efforts,
his economic and political programs were
sabotaged by the communists to the
dismay of all patriotic citizens. While
he was in Switzerland for a needed rest
from the pressure of office, the
communists staged a self-organized
"coup d'etat, " and forced the FVemier's
resignation by holding his young son as
Thus, one of Hungary's foremost patriots v
was turned out of his own country. "In
19 months, " says Nagy, sunming it up,
"I saw my country conquered from within
by a small communist minority, led by
seven men especially trained and directed
in this task by the Soviet Union. I am
living proof that you cannot compromise
with communism. "
Today, in the Unlited States, Feranc
Nagy lives the life of a farmer—a
trade he knows well. Like another
famous Hungarian patriot, Lajos Kos
suth, who came to the U. S. a century
before him, Nagy continues to serve the
goal of Hungarian independence.
"Love of liberty is intrinsic in the human
soul, " he says. "Humanity’s road from
today's chaos to the peacefulness of a new
tomimorrow may lead through ruin and
bloodshed, but a world democracy is just
over the horizon. . . .That govern
ment alone deserves support which fears
not the freedom of its own people."

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