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Unusual Books, Rare Books, Used Books, Book World News Books, Little Magazines, Authors, and Book Collecting Subjects are featured in each issue of THE BOOKLOVER’S AN SWER, giant bimonthly magazine for book collectors. ALSOin each issuea valuable guide to old book valuesfree catalogue offers interesting articlesaddresses of leading used book dealers. Back issues are still available. Hurry! Introductory one year subscription $2.00 The Booklover’s Answer, Webster 1 1 , New York outcry the defenders of all that’s Right and True to the Right, and who is leaving these parts this summer not without disgust, spoke Wednesday night. The new bunch propose to have many such speakers and to work for liberal candidates and have a stab at something systematic in precinct organization. Penn Jones, the crusading editor of the Midlothian Mirror in the town of that name so painfully near Dallas, is proposing the formation of “the John Kennedy Society” with the avowed purpose of “answering the hate elements, speech for speech.” Jones is concerned, as must be any reasonble person who has the facts, with the saturation of the country with right wing propaganda. Jones says that William Faulkner stated the purpose of what Jones hopes will be the JKS when Faulkner said before the Southern Historical Assn. at Memphis in 1955: . . . And if we who so far are still free, want to continue to be free, all of us who are still free had better confederate fast, with all others who still have a choice to be freeconfederate not as black people nor white people, nor pink nor blue nor green people, but as people who still are free with all other people who, still are free; confederate together and stick together, too, if we want a world or even part of a world in which individual man can be free, to continue to endure.” You could write Penn Jones at Midlo thian if you wanted to help get this going. Speaking of organizations, I have a let ter circulated over the endorsing signa tures of W. H. Ferry, A. J. Muste, and I. F. Stone endorsing the work of Students for a Democratic Society, which operates out of Room 302, 119 Fifth Avenue, New York City. These three fighters for peace and justice say that SDS is “an organiza tion of students and young people who are seriously committed to building a new American left. Most of us have been hoping to see a revival of the radical spirit in Americathat spirit which, in the past, vigorously attacked entrenched interests, eagerly sought to organize at the grass roots, and offered a vision of a new so ciety.” The plan of SDS, they say, is to create interracial movements in key North ern and border-state communities around such issues as jobs, housing, and schools and try to stimulate into being a grass roots political organization with a program and a constituency independent of local machines and the national establishment. R.D. Dialogue A Window to Dowdy I would like to commend you and your _magazine for the excellent job you are doing in presenting a comprehensive analysis of Texas politics. I was especially im pressed with the recent Observer article, “Dowdy’s Crusade,” written by Pati Griffith. Such excellent articles truly make the Observer “A Window to the South.” Sharon Browning, 318 Cloudmont Dr., San Antonio 39, Tex. Say .No to Jim Wright Even before the current political year has ended an organizational effort is under way to launch a campaign for Congressman Jim Wright of Fort Worth in the 1966 Senate race. Some of those who are assisting this effort apologetically say of Wright, “At least he is better than Waggoner Carr.” That is saying very little. In view of Wright’s voting record in Congress and his public political record in Texas, his attempt to beguile liberal Democrats into supporting him can only be regarded as seduction of the innocent. . . . He is an undisputed charmer with a dubious talent for convincing those Democrats not well-acquainted with his congressional voting record or his political activities that he is a progressive with a winning campaign style. The facts indicate otherwise. For example, Wright actually voted against submission to the states of the rather innocuous and mild constitutional amendment which repealed the poll tax for federal offices. Why he allied himself with the more extremist Dixiecrats on this matter when moderate border state congressman and quite a few Texas representatives favored it has never been explained. Secondly, Wright voted against the tax cut bill introduced by the Kennedy administration. He voted against the provisions of the civil rights bill which guaranteed to all Americans equal access to places which hold themselves out to serve the general public. Several times he has publicly stated his uncompromising opposition to medical care for the aged under social security. He voted for the most anti-labor and reactionary amendments to the LandrumGriffin bill, and he has also voted against a raise in the federal minimum wage law. He opposed Senator Yarborough’s ver. sion of the Padre Island bill and, instead, favored one advocated by Joe Kilgore and South Texas land interests headed by George Sandlin, the State Democratic Executive Committee chairman under Allan Shivers. In January of this year, he was running around leaking newspaper stories to the effect that he was considering a race again s t Senator Yarborough. When alarmed Democrats would write him and urge him not to oppose Yarborough, they would, in return, receive a form letter \(I effect, All right, I won’t run against Ralph Yarborough and, in return, I know that I can count on your support in 1966. Call this tactic what you will; it appears to me to be a clever sort of threat or a sophisticated brand of political blackmail. Unfortunately, quite a few people were so grateful, they committed to support Wright in 1966. I submit that anyone who threatened to oppose Senator Yarborough is unworthy of the support of those who cherish his ideals and accomplishments. Many Observer readers, bearing the wounds of convention battle, will recall the role Wright played in the 1956 Fort Worth Democratic convention when he acted as a “messenger boy” who attempted to dissuade a caucus gathered to fight for the seating of the Harris County delegation headed by Mrs. R. D. Randolph. His subsequent role in Texas politics can only be described as that of an accomplice to those who would continue to have the Texas Democratic Party dominated by the corporate power structure of this state. In this role, he has been a leading advocate of that specious and discredited tactic of the enemies of liberalism, “harmony” “harmony” which always concludes with top Austin lobbyists occupying high office in the state Democratic Party. Aside from being a very glib and ambitious young man with a ten-year record in Washington totally lacking in even the slightest distinction which shines through Ralph Yarborough’s record, Wright’s only characteristic seems to be the ability to maintain the full support of his home town’s power structure and its mouthpiece, the ultra-conservative Fort Worth StarTelegram, while at the same time disarming a number of liberals. June 26, 1964 15