The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 22, 1949 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 22, 1949
Page 7
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f THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1949 THf NATION TODAY— Stalin's Birthday Celebration Fits Neatly Into,the Communist Theory That Leader is Infallible n>' James Marlcnv WASHINGTON, Dec. '2'L MV-Joseph Stalin, a pretty calm a»rt unsentimental cilimi, must rje amused by the Juss over hLs 70tli birtli- liay. It's probably the blgec-H birthday spread in history, with tremendous loads of gifts pouring into Moscow from Communists and Communist-run people all over. +• Stalin's making out better Hum if B1,YTHKVTU,E (ARK.)' COUKrETl NKW8 French Reds Threaten U.S. Arms Shipments PARIS, Bee. 22- (A>>— Communists are hiiiling openly today they will try to sabotage the unloading of Ameriean arms, sent to France under [lie Atlantic treaty. American officials are optimistic ihai- the attacks will be limited to propaganda and demonstrations. Some French officials, however, fear violence In the port, when the first guns arrive. lie had won grand pri/.c on .. radio give-away show, althoiiBh some of the presents, like some of the prizes, nre things lie can't use: dolls, and socks that don't | But if Stalin had planner! it i ' himself, and he's noted for his planning, it couldn't linvc fitted in nealcr with the line that Stalin and his party comrades in Moscow have been following for years. It's the myth of papa-knows- l)esl, the leader principle Increasingly through the years Hie Russian communist Party has been deliberately building up the idea—in Communist countries, at least—that Stalin is a kind of miracle man. It's done M-ilh pictures of him, plastered all over Russia and the sauelile countries, and in speeches and in print. The pictures of Stalin, seen everywhere and always present, burn into the consiousness of .the Communist-dominated people this one idea: Stalin, the leader. Which is another way of sayiiiff tile people crmrrnnU'c! with Mint picture everywhere, every day, are being conditioned into accepting Ihe- idea of licin^ led. The Russian speeches and publications further picture him a: [lie peerless leader, the greatcs scientist, the greatest this, the greatest that, the kindly faher of his people, he one man who's always right, the wisest or men, the besl of men. Reduced to its simplest terms that means-, pappa, and pappa knows best. So the presents pouring intc Moscow now aie offering to pappr and each gift helps purpetualc the myth of the all-wise Stalin, the guardian and daddy of his people. Tills is fine for Stalin and his inner-circle party comrades since what, they want is uiuiucstionini; obedience fnim lesser parly members and the mass of communist- run people. The Slalin group has j;"no fur- llier. II luinus from history (he Influence thai can he worker! on |ico]ile's minds if nlmt they are handed as trntli has appearance j of antiquity ;uid continuity. ) So in huge posters, for instance, j the Stalinkes put Karl Marx. Lenin and Slalin side by side. This lesson the pictures intend to teach is . clear i Marx, the theorist, charted the road to Lenin, heir of | Marx and man of action, put into ! practice (lie Marxian teaching (al- i though plenty of people think he i perverted thcml. And Stalin, licir i of Lenin and spiritual grandson j of Marx, is third in the line of I descent, carrying on the grand i tradition. I (That Stnlin is really Lenin's j heir, or Unit Lenin wanted him to be, is milch disputed outside Russia bub not inside.) But at least the Stalinites now. through glorification of the three as supermen, have given a color-! of legitimacy to themselves and authority to ' what they do. since what they do is what they claim is in keeping with what the supermen intended. To be sure the line of descent ts kept vivid in the minds of the Russian people, the body of Lcnln was embalmed to last a hundred The original forest area of the United States Is estimated at 820 million acres—nearly half the eoun- trv's land area, years. When Stalin die.s, nndoubt- 'ecily he'll be embalmed, too, and be placed beside Lenin. French Cabinet Asks Vote ot Confidence PARIS, Dec. ti. (:V> — Pirmipi Georges Birtault's coalition cabinet 'nstrucled him yesterday to call i for a vote of confidence on his I budget bill. j The cabinet sought, a confidence! vote "in the constitutional form." This provides that if two governments are thus defeated within 18 months, the second one can order new elections without the assembly's consent. If Bidault's regime falls to get a vote of confidence It would be tne first to fall this way. His predecessors have rjuit without threatening an election. 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