Here is my $5.10. In return please enter a one-year subscription 0 to THE TEXAS OBSERVER. Name Address State \(Mail to the Observer at 5i4 1 AUSTIN PROJECT First Lecture in Series Dobie for Connally Sirs: I simply don’t , get the logic of liberals who say they are going to vote for Cox. Wisdom never has resided in spite. Some say that they believe in a two-party system and that a vote for Cox will advance the Republican Party. On the same principle those liberals in the congressional district of which Travis County is the center should vote for the county-minded politician-preacher Dobbs against informed and civilized Homer Thornberry for Congress. How far has the election of Goldwater-satellite-Tower for Senate advanced a responsible Republican Party in Texas? I’ve had a chance to size up John Connally. If he is elected, I think he’ll make a better governor than any so-called Democrat that has been elected within the last two decades including nippy 0′ , Daniel, Calculating Coke, A. Shivers, and the present incumbent. He has a better mind, a better sense of values and will, I believe, he a more civilized governor making more civilized appointments. Some are against Connally because it is thought that after being governor he would be in a better position to run against Ralph Yarborough for senator. I’ve always been a Ralph Yarborough supporter, and shall continue to be. Mr. Connally might decide to wait to run against Tower for the U.S. Senate. I say he might. I have absolutely no information from him or anybody else on this. I consider Ralph Yarborough a growing man. Even if John Connally ran against him for the Senate, he’d have a very tough opponent. Anyhow, Connally is of high enough caliber not to be a pawn of Lyndon Johnson or any other politician. Making political trades has long been a practice of the best as well as of the worst politicians. Franklin D. Roosevelt was a very astute political trader. He was never a pawn. Political trades are seldom, if ever, as long lived as life insurance policies. J. Frank Dobie, Austin. Sanchez Explains Sirs: Some of my friendsmost of them politically liberal, some middle-of-the-road, and some even conservativeare puzzled as to why I am urging them to vote for Jack Cox for governor. They know that I am a liberal, that I am a John Kennedy and Don Yarborough kind of liberal, and that, in the foreseeable future, I will continue to be that kind of a liberal. They know that when John F. Kennedy or Don Yarborough run for office again I will support them to the best of my ability. As a matter of fact, Mr. Jack Cox is under no illusions as to the fact that I am a liberal, a Kennedy-Yarborough liberal. It just so happens, unfortunately, that neither John F. Kennedy nor Don Yarborough is running for the governorship of Texas, and Jack Cox and John Connally are. And here, indeed, there is a choiceone that we did not have in the Blakley-Tower senatorial race. In that instance, many of us found that the fishing was just fineso good, indeed, that we forgot to vote for the senatorship! Today, we are faced with a really productive alternative: a chance to establish Texas as an honestly \(and, I repeat, of having Republicans, posing as Democrats, running Democratic Party policies. Mr. Cox has had the courage of his convictions by becoming a Republican, where he THE TEXAS OBSERVER Page 8 dcz4e4o, 1962 tAl t etM 12-2-, belongs, with all of the dignity that such courage and Republicanism is entitled to. I do not agree with some of Jack’s views, but I find them much better than those of his opponent. I cannot see how the election of his opponent would further the program of the New Frontier, a program that John Connally has either repudiated or been evasive about. I do see that the election of a Republican governor in Texas, particularly of a man of the intelligence and integrity of Jack Cox, would clear the political atmosphere and give the liberals their rightful voice in the Democratic Party of Texas. So I am for Jack Cox for governor. George I. Sanchez, Austin. From Atlas Cement Sirs: Your item of October 5 in the Texas Observer, which was based upon a report of the Universal Atlas Cement Division of United States Steel, has been brought to my attention. This report was a sales memorandum prepared for internal distribution and designed solely to transmit information leading toward business development and not for publication. Some copies of this internal memorandum were made available to a limited number of customers by two of our sales offices. Included in this report was a statement concerning the available acreage adjacent to the NASA Michoud plant in Louisiana. The report indicated that owners of this adjacent property were Murchison and LBJ Enterprises. Further checking has shown that the property referred to above is owned by the New Orleans East Realty Company, one of the Murchison interests. We are advised that LBJ Enterprises has no connection with this realty company, or any interest in any property adjacent to the Michoud NASA site. We regret this error and assume that you will want to inform your readers that the statements contained in the article were partially incorrect. Charles B. Baker, President, Universal Atlas Cement, New York. Questions on Barry Sirs: In an ad, ex-Democrat and new-Republican Desmond Barry, candidate for congressman-atlarge, quotes from Human Events, the Republican rag out of Washington, as follows: “Republicans say that Barryif electedwould be in an ideal spot to knock off Senator Ralph Yarborough in 1964.” This ad with the headline, “Beat Desmond Barry, Hoffa’s Order,” further states: “The voice of James Riddle Hoffa was harsh. ‘Des Barry must not be elected. The answer is positively no’.” First, how do the friends of Senator Yarborough like the idea of Barry being groomed to knock him off in ’64? Next, is it not a little strange that Barry, who has based his campaign almost entirely on his quarrel with the Teamsters, has waited this late to use the alleged Hoffa quotes, when the ads states they were made last January? Truth is, Barry has been whipping a phony issue when claiming to be “The Man Who Beat Hoffa.” Dave Beck, not Hof fa, was head of the Teamsters in 1958 when Barry had his little squabble with them. Is this the stature of a Texas congressman? Cliff Bivins, 7190 Gaston Ave., Dallas. AUSTIN In what was termed by its sponsors a “non-partisan, nonpolitical” address, Clarence Manion, prominent right-wing speaker and national council member of the John Birch Society, Tuesday night made what was interpreted by many as an attack against Cong. Homer Thornberry, running for re-election to the national Congress in District 10, which includes Austin. Manion, speaking at the Municipal Auditorium under the auspices of the Austin Americanism Committee, was asked in a question period following his prepared speech, “What can we do as individual citizens to clean up the State Department \(which Manion replied: “If you have a conservative congressman running in this area, vote for him on November 6. . . . If this country has a conservative Congress, we can investigate the State Department, and even impeach the President, if necessary.” This response was met with applause and cheering from the audience. Manion’s speech, the first in a series of five given by people who are well-known on right-wing lecture circuits, was the climax of Austin Americanism Week, proclaimed and given his personal blessing by Mayor Lester Palmer at the request of Former Mayor Taylor Glass, chairman of the Americanism Committee. Palmer had publicly congratulated the AAC on its selection of speakers Termed an “Americanism Rally,” the program included,” among other features, a band concert by the Travis High School Rebel Band; posting of the colors by four members of the Texas National Guard; the singing of -patriotic songs led by Dr. Roy Johnson, supervisor of choral music of Austin Public Schools; prayers by local clergymen; and the announcement by Glass that Gov. Price Daniel \(whom Manion realong with P. Frank Lake, Texas Secretary of State, had conferred upon Manion the title of “honorary citizen of Texas.” The turn-out for the event was relatively small, estimated at near 300, and not half filling the auditorium. The audience, however, was enthusiastic, and broke into applause several times during Manion’s speech. Right-wing literature, including Robert Welch’s journal, “American Opinion,” was sold at the entrance under the auspices of the American Freedom Bookstore, a subsidiary of the Austin Anti-Communism League. Distributed free of charge by the league were pamphlets entitled “Freedom Views,” one edition of which implies that the United Nations International Children’s subversive, advocates mixing the races, and is a fraud. Another free pamphlet distributed by the league and circulated among the audience, credits conservative congressmen and senators as having given “the New Frontier socialist dictatorship a severe setback.” It accuses “metropolitan newspapers, magazines, TV and movies” of “almost withmaterial designed to brainwash us with the ‘Liberal’ party line.” League President Jack Sucke last week told the Observer that the league had had nothing to do with the Austin Americanism -Committee, except in selling tick ets, “like other Austin civic organizations.” He later admitted, however, that he had discussed the se!ection of the speakers with Glass, and had arranged for the use of the Travis High School band through the Austin School Board. This week, radio station RTBC received a publicity notice concerning Manion’s coming engagement in Austin, sent from his enterprise, Manion Forum. It said that Manion was to speak before the Austin Anti-Communism League. No mention was made of the AAC. Manion was introduced by Horace G. Spiller, independent cil operator. In this introductionduring which all but two members of the band leftSpiller explained Manion’s dismissal from the Eisenhower administration in 1954 as due to Manion’s refusal to accept the corruption allegedly existing within the government. Other sources claim he was dismissed for publicly espousing the Bricker Amendment and advocating on television that TVA be turned over to private enterprise. Manion’s speech lauded the “grassroots conservative uprising” in the U.S. He quoted occasionally from the Bible, and at one point drew a hearty “Amen! ‘ from a member of the audience. He attacked the Roosevelt administration for recognizing Soviet Russia in 1933. He paid Kennedy a backhanded compliment, lauding his decision to blockade Cuba, but calling it “tragically late.” “Fortunately, after running away from communism for 17 years,” he said, “we had the privilege last night to hear the President of the US say, ‘Here is where it ends.’ ” In an attack upon the United Nations, Manion said this: “We have surrendered our foreign policy to the UN one time after another. But last night Kennedy didn’t ask the UN, he told ’em!” In a vigorous, lengthy conclusion, Manion advocates breaking off diplomatic relations with all communist governments; and “unleashing” Chiang Kai-shek in a “war of liberation” on the Chinese mainland. He said co-existence was impossible. “This is Armageddon,” he said. “There is no compromise. . . . And by this I don’t mean we have to throw around the H-bomb.” He lashed out at administrative agencies as being against the American tradition, referring to the “FTC, the IRS, the SEC, and the SOB.” And he claimed the Department of Justice isn’t prosecuting communists as vigorously as it should. “If they had gone after the commies with the same spirit they’ve gone after Gen. Walker, things would be different!” he said, evoking the loudest applause and yelling of the evening. After Manion had finished, Glass smilingly observed that his speech had made Americanism Day in Austin “a howling success.” C.D.
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