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Arouse The Democracy

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The fight with which the Michigan democracy is confronted this year will be one of the hardest in its history. If the party is to retain its vote and go into the campaign with any prospects of success, all petty bickerings and factional foolishness must be buried at the outset. It will be preposterous folly to lose the the victory through disintegration resulting from lack of harmony. If the party is to go into the fight to any purpose, it is absolutely necessary that it be united, energetic, fearless and unflinching in its advocacy of those doctrines upon which democratie victories have been won in the past. It should stand by the principies which carried it to national supremacy in 1892, and the people should be given to understand that notwithstanding the recreancyand traitor,ous conduct of some of its supposed representatives at Washington, it still adheres to those principies on which alone the government can be conducted. The masses must be made to clearly understand that "the fundamenta! principie of sound political economy, minimum interference with trade, a uniform and sound currency, are the issues today before the country, as they were before the last democratie convention resasserted them as democratie doctrine." With such a platform the result in November will depend largely upon the amount of vigor and energy put into the canvass. The local organizations everywhere must, therefore, be enthused and inspirited. Every voter should be seea, and the s.tump should ring in every county. Every man who can present the issues in an intelligible manner from the stump should be called upon to do so, and none should fail to respond to the necessities of the party in this crisis. Organizers and workers should be sent into every school district to aid in rousing up such a pitch of fervor as will impel every man to go to the polls, and cause to be forthcoming sufficient funds to meet the legitímate expenses of the campaign. It is true that congress has not accomplished what itmight have accomplished and what the people had a right to expect of it, but the principies upon which the last great victory was won remain. They have not vet been fully carried into legislation and to abandom them now will be to loóse much of the fruit of the great victory of 1892. The abandonment of these principies at this stage would be inconcevable folly, for "with the return of the republicans to power every trust that has been created, fostered and enriched by the republican tariff policy will obtain a new lease of existance, and will flourish anew on the tribute exacted from the people. Monopoly will gather new strength and be inspired by increased greed. All the evils and abuses which have grown up under republican rule in the past will be aggravated." It would be indescribably foolish to take such a backward step because a few politicans at Washington have turned traitors and delayed the consummation of democratie hopes. These traitors should be denounced and men sent in their places who will obey the people's commands, but there should be no abandonment of principie. If the campaign this fall is conducted along these lines and every crat does his duty as logic and common sense dictates, the party will come nearer to victory in November then by the adoption of any other policy.


Ann Arbor Argus
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