THIS IS WHAT WE THINK

Opposition in Wartime

November 1 1942
THIS IS WHAT WE THINK

Opposition in Wartime

November 1 1942

Opposition in Wartime

REPUBLICAN members of the United States House of Representatives have produced a wartime “opposition party” platform which for brevity and incisiveness is little short of a masterpiece.

Here it is:

1. The nation’s war effort must continue unabated until complete decisive victory is won.

2. We oppose any attempts to negotiate peace.

3. The U.S. is obligated to effect a world understanding for continued peace.

4. We pledge constant vigilance to eliminate Government inefficiency.

5. We will continue to give the President loyal support in the war. The gravity of the situation requires the undivided effort of everyone.

6. The right and duty to criticize must be fully exercised.

7. The nation’s peril must not be exploited by any individual or group for special gains.

8. Individual freedoms must not be permanently surrendered in the name of the war.

9. We shall insist that nondefense spending be reduced to essentials.

10. We oppose any use of the war effort as an excuse for unwarranted encroachment on free enterprise. In winning the war we must not lose the peace.

We can hear echoes of “hear, hear.” But two days after the platform’s appearance the House Republicans promptly fell off it by backsliding on point seven.

They voted for an inflationary puncture of the U.S. price ceiling to appease the farm lobby.

There are lessons for Canadians in both the platform and the backsliding.