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The Following Editorial Is Reproduced From the Front Page of The New York World-Telegram
of Its Issue of Thursday, March 5, 1942:
Wake Up Ameriear It's Late!, .mmmm
The nation needs to awaken to the full gravity of the peril
that confronts it.
It needs to appreciate how badly we have been defeated in
three months of war.
It needs to understand that it is possible for the United Na
tions and the United States to lose this war and suffer the fate
of France -and that this possibility may become a probability
if the present tide does not change.
It needs to realize that there is grave chance of the Japa
nese pushing through India and the Germans driving through
the Near East, to join their armies and resources in an almost
It needs to get away, once and for all, from the comforting
feeling that while we may lose at the start we are bound to
win in the end.
Only when fully aware of existing perils will the United
States do its utmost. Pray God that awareness will not come
too late, as it did in France!
Production Director Donald Nelson appeals for vastly in
creased industrial output on a 24-hour, seven-day basis 168
hours a week. Maximum production, in short
Can we get it?
Not on the present basis - not under the psychology of
Not until we quit thinking in terms of less work for more
Not while there is greater concern about overtime pay than
Not while farmer politicians are more interested 'in higher
prices than raising more essentials.
Not while government bureaus Created to meet a depres
sion emergency that is ended continue to grab for themselves
money needed for armaments.
Not while an army of federal press agents clamors to
promote and perpetuate activities that have no present need
or value. ;v V-
Not while Congressmen try to put over useless canals and
river schemes and take up time of defense officials clamoring
for factories and contracts as if war were a great gravy train.
Not while WPA, despite a shortage of labor, seeks to carry
on projects which it doesn't have the men to perform or the
need for performing.
Not while CCC and NYA stretch greedy hands for funds
to pamper young men who ought to be in the armed forces or
Not while strikes hamper war production, despite a solemn
promise that they would stop.
Not while the life-and-death need for uninterrupted pro
duction is used as a weapon to put over the closed shop.
Not while double time is demanded for Sunday work which
is only part of a 40-hour week.
Not while a man can't be employed on an army project
or in war plant until he pays $20 to $50 or more to a labor
Not while criminal gangs control employment and alloca
tion of men to work on the Normandie and other ships along
New York's vast waterfront.
Not while fifth columnists are pampered and enemy aliens
move freely in defense areas.
Not while the grim job of preparing our home communities
against air raids and sabotage is gummed up with a lot of high
falutin', boon-doggling social service activity.
Not while pressure blocs clamor for higher benefits, bounties
We will not get maximum production, in short, unless, first,
we fully realize our awful peril; and, second, get over the gimmes
of recent years.
Gimme shorter hours, gimme higher wages, gimme bigger
profits, gimme more overtime, gimme less work, gimme more
pensions, gimme greater crop benefits, gimme more appropria
tions and patronage, gimme plants for my Congressional dis
trict, gimme fees and dues to work for Uncle Sam, gimme ham
'n' eggs, gimme share-the-wealth, gimme $30 every Thursday.
France had the gimmes, too had them till the Germans
were close to Paris. Then everybody went frantically to work
France has no gimmes today except gimme food for my
baby, gimme a place to lay my head, gimme death.
This space paid for by Judge Frank Smathers who has no
"Axe to Grind" but who is interested in Haywood County
and in winning the war to preserve the American Way of Life
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