The Argus from Fremont, California on October 31, 1967 · Page 4
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The Argus from Fremont, California · Page 4

Fremont, California
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Tuesday, October 31, 1967
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Tragedy Of The Hippies Last week's film and lectures by noted hippie ^expert Ken Granger at Washington High-School was revealing on more than one count. ·" 'Granger is .qualified to lecture on the subject. He' has, perhaps, spent more time recording the hippies' protests, love- ins and other events than any other reporter-photographer. It was appropriate that more than half the audience was under 21 and that only a small number of those young people were discourteous to the speaker,, despite his blunt and sometimes bombastic admonitions against the spreading cult of "flower children." There were the normal political overtones of any John Birch Society-sponsored event--and the truth about civil turmoil chapter, is unquestionably a Birch offshoot. Granger's warning of Communist involvement in the peace protests .and "stop the draft" demonstrations and his pictorial evidence of alleged Communists in the front ranks of the marchers were to be expected. But they should not be discounted because of his Birch membership, which he frankly--and proudly--admitted to the large crowd. In fact, for anyone to doubt that Communist agitators are : not busily fomenting all the civil strife they can in such immature and gullible minds is an unbelievable case of naivete. Granger's point about the whole pro- .test movement being part of the Commu- nist'conspiracy, dog-eared though that expression is, is well taken . . . or should be. But it was not the main point of his enlightening talk. His main message to the young people was that they are the pitiful victims of a blatant farce, perpetrated by none other · than the same establishment against which the flower children are supposedly rebelling. ' To prove his point, Granger adroitly pointed out the fads in hair styles, clothing, music, habits and. philosophies, and how they are cleverly inspired by the Madison Avenue advertising swifties. The youth, he claimed, were being recruited into the protest groups, the narcotic pads and other equally distasteful haunts by cleverly written lyrics that were professionally packaged and marketed for profit . . . and not for the furtherance of any philosophy, other than greed. Granger claimed it isn't the longhaired rebel himself who inspires nationwide mimicking by other misguided youths, but the glamorous' exposure of him by the nation's powerful advertising and news media. He gave the full-scale promotion of the nation's biggest record companies to protest songs, and their authors, as one excellent example . . . and there were others just as graphic. It's bad enough to see our youth mis- g u i d e d and used by . Communist agents--but at least that is understandable and predictable, no matter how disagreeable. But to see them exploited by our own money-hungry system by people crazed with greed for money is utterly tragic. But as long as the parents of our generation continue to lead the disgusting double-standard lives they do, and as long as parents don't love their children . enough to risk temporary rejection by applying stern discipline, the futility will remain with us. And that, rightly so, was the REAL point of Granger's potent message. Countdown Gov. Romney iays LBJ has sold out to labor. Obviously he was brainwashed and sent back with a union cleaning label. Sen. Fulbright 'accusses Sen. Dirksen of giving LBJ war power. So far all anyone has been able to come up with is a new 'martial plan. The' Hofland-America* line is . abolishing all tipping aboard its passenger-carrying ' ships. After all, there always is the danger of evertipp'mg the vessel. T H E A R G U S Sine Timore Vel Fausla · Without Fear Or Favor . THOMAS H. HARRIS Wilot , . · Page 4 Tuesday, October 31, 1961 I RUSSELL KIRK An AMempi To The Sanity Of SANE The National Committee for a Sane Nuclear PoUcy, generally known as SANE, is torn by dissension. SANE'S legal ' c o u n s e l , William Butler, says he and other pillars of the group will re. sign if SANE continues to follow the line of erratic Dr. Benjamin Spock by allying itself with extremists. 'Among Butler's fellow protesters against the Spock line are .Norman Cousins, editor of the Saturday Review and one of the two chief founders of SANE; Mrs, Helen Gahagan Douglas, California liberal, once in.Con- 'gress, and Victor Reuther, the ·y,"labor,.. statesman." If they leave 1 SANE, that organization will be a lunatic rump. nouoced Israel as an "imperialist nation,' that has come out in support of 'wars of liberation' no matter what their political character or threat to world peace, that has contemptuously dismissed the democratic process and allowed itself to be manipulated by spokesmen for crudely nationalistic views." The more sensible members -- now in a forlorn minority, it appears -- have no sympathy with crazy attempts to lead mobs against the Pentagon. Butler, Cousins, Reuther, Mrs. Douglas and others are painfully aware that such violent tactics only rouse the American public's dislike for peaceniks. SPOCK AND the other present masters of SANE, say Butler and his colleagues, have allied themselves with fanatics of the New Left, reckless and antidemocratic. They have embraced "a group that has de- PROBABL.Y IT is too late to save SANE's sanity. Extremists naturally tend to dominate such sentimental humanitarian movements, despite our real need for effective controls upon nuclear weapons. And it was from Walter Reuther, after all, that the pacifist extremists learned such tactics as the sit-in. Laughs From Europe Meanwhile, the mood of the public and of the courts hardens against those whose hearts . bleed for the Viet Cong and Ho Chi Minn's fanatics. Religious pacifism is a decent (if "impractical) position, but now it cloaks a great deal of neurosis, ideological frenzy, dereliction of duty and sympathy for Amer- .ica's foes. In Pittsburgh, a few days ago, a self-professed conscientious objector named Zumbo was sentenced to four years in prison for failing to report for civilian work assigned to him in place of the 'military service which he had rejected. Zumbo's -lawyer said that his client was , sincere. :. * *· * "WE NEED responsible men; not sincere men," said.Judge Gerald Weber, who tried the case. "He's sincere, but so was Hitler and so is Mao Tse-tung. All he is asked to do is to render something to his fellow men, and this he refuses to do." There never is any lack of sincere fanatics--among them, presumably, David Bellinger and Norman Mailer, arrested for trying to take the Pentagon by storm (as if it were the kingdom of heaven). But political madmen, like more innocent lunatics, must be placed under restraint when they turn to violence. CHOKE HOT AW . ECHO M 1968 PAUL HARVEY Pussy-footers Forget Treachery Of Enemy I'm overfed with this dove- cooing about the "women and c h i l d r e n k i l l e d By our bombs." In this rotten miniwar there are no "civilians." The woman pushing a grocery cart may be hiding a Tommy gun. The child on the bike may be about to throw a fire bomb. The ambulance driver may be a Viet Cong agent. . And the mush-hearted pus" syrooters forget that's lot of our own "civilian'-' sons were involuntarily sent over..lhere presumably to." try| to ..finish; this fight. The very iiica that'we 'should use less 'than our best weapons and less than our most -effective tactics is inexcusable, indefensible and un-American. OUR Gl SONS are people, too. If we ground our bombers and sentence our sons to take on all of Asia one bloody bayonet at a time, American mothers can't bear enough boy babies to win that kind of war. . This is jungle war. The old Marquis of Queensbury rules have not applied since we decided to make it our business to force civilization on savages. Communists in Vietnam often advance on our positions behind a shield of women and '.chil- dren.The Communists purposely encircle military targets with concentrations of "civilians." The enemy recognizes no distinction when, forced from a village, they purposely slaughter captive women and children. ability to make war is destroyed. With unrestricted, appropriate employment · of our And a hundred more of our "civilian" sons will die and a thousand more of our "civilian" technology, we could accom- sons will suffer as in hell every plish. this promptly. week we procrastinate. DON MacLEAN A Postmortem On EXPO 67 WORD-A-DAY By BACH NOftWAY .ArvW An* t*u*n . _ "He fainted vririn.h* saw the prke tav -- you se«, it s beeii thr«* years since he last went .shopping with me . , .!" graph f ^^v/ j,j^j\t f- (grax ol o-jij/*x/// THE ^OfcHCE OF HANDWRITING, E4PEC1AI.LV M AN INDEX TO CHARACTER- FOR US to imagine that pur bombs must discriminate is impractical, untactical and silly.- And now we have Saigon pus- syfoolers suggesting a time out from bombing as a Christmas present for the enemy. The American diplomat is publicly testing on you the idea of a pause in our bombing beginning in December "as a humanitarian consideration."' Consideration for whom? Cer-. tainly not for the American sons who die in direct proportion to the enemy's flow of military supplies. * * * CERTAINLY THISris no dispensation for our sbWier SODS who'll have their limbs blown off or their'faces burned off if they have to crawl into every enemy hideout on hand- and knees. Even our allies are getting ·cared of us. They don't want to be overwhelmed by American numbers any more .than they' want Communist domination. U.S. policy-makers plan now to send another 45.0W American sons over there. South Viet. nasn's Vice President Ky says, "If allied troop increases continue, we will lose our sovereignty; our country will become a colony, and our people only mercenaries." * * ' - . IT IS THE concensus of American military officers that any enemy U defeated once his WASHINGTON-As a final tribute to the late EXPO 67--and on the off-chance that it may become a permanent show a la Disneyland, as the Canadians threaten--we should say something in defense of the American pavilion. The fact that I never saw it shall not deter me, since I've learned more than'I ever wished to know about EXPO from interviewing junketing politicians and their ilk. And to those who say this is lazy reporting, I've covered major wars, earthquakes and famines in this manner and it's always worked out fine. * * * BUT WE WERE saying farewell to the much-maligned American pavilion and in its favor we have this statement by a Midwest congressman: "Compared to the Russian pavilion, for instance, ours had class. I mean, here is the most powerful, richest nation on earth and what do we have in our pavilion? Movie stills, pop art and a display devoted to outer space. "Everyone knows America is much more than that, but our exhibit, for the first time at any world's fair, showed that this is a 'fun' country. Compared to the cumbersome Russian pavilion, which crushed you with facts and impressed you to the point of boredom, our pavilion was a pleasure to visit." . He mentioned the big machinery display of the USSR and the signs which told you things like: "A Cyclotronic Electronic Eliminator--Power: 185,000 Volts." There.was nothing to tell you exactly what the thing did. And then there was the Russian attempt at lightheartedness, a sign over 'a model of a coal mine in the Ukraine. * , * * ' ' . ' THE SIGN CONSISTED of a bit of dialogue between two Russian citizens: "What? A deputy of the secretariat working in a mine You must be joshing!" ' The other person says, "No, party leaders frequently visit work locations, to check health standards, etc., etc." It was obvious the Russians had no real appreciation of market creation. Instead of giving away vodka in order to get folks to try it, perhaps some for the first time, they tried to sell it a $1.5« a shot, which is almost as much as a fifth of that stuff costs in Washington. One thing the Russians DID give.away was Russian cigarettes. My informant says that if only Russian cigarettes were available in the United States, the surgeon general's problem would be solved--nobody would smoke. RALPH de TOLEDANO Poverty War Funds Used For Politics On Capitol Hill, the Office of Economic Opportunity has become known' as the Office of Economic Opportunists. Insofar as anyone can tell, the OEO has done little more than help those who were fast enough or astute enough to dig into the pork barrel. Congress has looked on with increasing disgust, but the OEOpportunists have blithely continued to utilize the public treasury. The latest example of this has been brought to light by the journalistic enterprise of Human Events, a conservative weekly ~~ Washington report. With hardly a-thought to what is presumably its mission--the war on poverty.--Sargent Shriver's little em- j piire has been_disbursing money to the National Student Associa- j tion. * * * IN SOME It MONTHS, the I OEO has poured $376,000 into the I NSA's coffers--for the greater glory of student radicalism and trouble on the nation's campuses. How Shriver or his underlings can justify this expenditure should be a question for congressional inquiry. If, for example, ^A were a. conduit for pro- administration propaganda, there might be some political (though hardly a moral or legal) justification. But NSA, at present, is fighting President Johnson along "lines laid out by the New Left. The -National Student Association, at its recent convention, lined up with ,lhe left extremists by giving its blessings to the Black Power movement and calling for the achievement of the aims 'of the Stokely Carmichaels · "by any means necessary," which include riot, arson and mayhem. The NSA also has gone on record in favor of organized resistance to the draft. IN THE REALM. of campus affairs, NSA holds that all power should reside in the students. in a debate with Arnold Steinberg, "editor of the Young Americans for Freedom magazine, Young Guard, a NSA spokesman boasted: "'When we go to the dean, we won't suggest, 'We're going to attack "you in the school newspaper or demonstrate against you,' we'll say, 'We're going to fire you, man.' " By these means, perhaps, NSA hopes to contribute to the educational process and end poverty in America. Or will Shriver and the OEO argue that having agreed to contribute large funds to NSA, they cannot cut them off? For NSA it is all gravy. The "student" organization was ' on the' receiving 'end of- vast handouts from the Central Intelligence Agency, at a time when it stood against CIA's putative anti-Soviet policies. Having lost this largesse, it is getting the wherewithal for its anti-Vietnam r propaganda from the Office of Economic Opportunity. * * . * OPPORTUNISM SEEMS to be the order of the day for the NSA contingent. Its vice president happily discloses that he received a deferment from the draft because his job is "essential." So NSA gets it both ways. It receives money to oppose the draft and a draft deferment to continue this shabby endeavor. Much can be said about Shriver's OEO, an operation run so sloppily or so malignly that it involves itself with the likes of NSA, squandering money appropriated for aid to the poor. But where does the blame really lie? Unless federal spending is crutinized vigilantly and ceaselessly by the Congress and its committees, money will be wasted and the intent of legislation perverted. This is apparent every day at the Pentagon, at the Atomic Energy Commission and at other agencies and departments of the Federal Establishment........ YET CONGRESS has grown": so. accustomed to signing on the dotted line at^he behest of Executive Branch that it no ionger.Wlfills.pne of its major functions-- the proper appropriation of federal funds. The.^current "economy drive 'in the House of Representatives reflects a nagging sense on the part of the national legislature that it has not been doing its job. This does not absolve OEO or Shriver. Devotion to duty, and a lively awareness of America's backbreaking lax load, should hot be a monopoly of the Congress. Together, the legislators and the bureaucrats share the responsibility. Until they do something about it, NSA and the other gleeful riders on the Treasury's gravy train can stuff their pockets with shekels painfully extracted from the taxpayer This Day In History Woodtft World by johia holm In 1«1, the Treasury Department said the financial condition of-the United States was so grave 552 banks had to close down in September. In 1949, the ,. Chinese captured Mukden in Manchuria. . - - - . , . In 1*5,' Princess Margaret announced she would not be married to RAF Capt. Peter Townsend became be was a divorced man. In 1M3, a gas explosion at an Indianapolis ice show Wiled 17 persons. .. A thought for the day: British poet Harold Monro, "How lonely we shall be, what shall we do, you without me, I without yoo?" . '

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