Two-Party State Needed I agree Texas needs a two-party system, one for the “right” people and the other for the “wrong” people. I enclose a subscription gift check so the truth can reach out to far corners. Our social values have to catch up with the space program. I’m quite sure Darwin would be puzzled. Ben Beitler, 505 Westmount, Dallas, Tex. Liberals’ Sense of Form R. D.’s short editorial in the Sept. 30 issue, setting the stage for the Observer to support Ronald Reagan or Slippery Dick Nixon against President Johnson, is certainly consistent with your support of John Tower. I already see the “liberals” defeating Mr. Johnson in 1968. They dislike him a bit for the war in Vietnam, but what they can never forgive him for his getting the really important, progressive legislation passed through Congress when they failed to get much done in years of loud but ineffectual effort. It just doesn’t fit the liberal sense of good form for a lard-nosed, style-less, professional politician from a basically conservative state to go up and accomplish what we couldn’t ever do with our Dreamers. . . . Edwin Dale, P. 0. Box 1710, Beaumont, Texas. \(The sentence in “Observations” to which this letter refers said of Johnson, “If he escalates this war any more, and if we live so long, the liberals will oppose him in 1968 and he will be defeated, as 20 The Texas Observer Support Rebuilding I am a railroad man and a sincere supporter of my union and all other labor organizations. Over the past year I have been shocked by the attitudes taken by some of our state officials towards the laboring backbone of our state. Waggoner Carr as attorney general gave railroad men a slap in the face when he let them down regarding the Texas Full Crew Law. And then Carr and Connally vowed a fight to the end to save 14-B. And then they turned their backs on the farm workers. All these things and more that I haven’t heard of, yet have caused me to be a solid backer of the Rebuilding Committee. E. 0. Rose, 1718 South Park Dr., Alvin, Texas 77511. Why Support the Right Wing? . . . . I wonder if the tactics of the Rebuilding Committee are sound? Must we rebuild the Democratic Party in Texas on the basis of strengthening the power of right-wing extremists at the national level? I think it is impossible to advance the liberal cause by casting a “negative” vote in favor of our opponents. This is more characteristic of personalism than politics.Aaron McNeese, 1500 E. Riverside, apt. A216, Austin, Texas. A Question of Independence An open letter to the signers of the “Democrats vote Democrat” ad \(Obs., OcShucks, fellows, we labor and liberal types understand. None of your good friends are going to hold this memory lapse against you. I mean everybody knows that full-time politicians and those in the legislative sphere are just not permitted that much independence. . . . But, like I say, the saddest thing of all is that “lack of independence” you must all endure. Being mostly prominent folks or office holders, you good people just can’t quite manage the independence of, say, the American Labor Movement. Yep. the AFL-CIO, can agree with the Democrats and the President and try to beat Republican Sen. Boggs in Delaware or Reagan in California. But! But is free free to disagree with the party and the President when they urge us to defeat a good man like Republican Sen. Clifford Case of New Jersey or elect so-called Democrats like Mahoney in Maryland, or Byrd in Virginia, or Johnson in Arkansas, or Wallace, or Maddox or a throwback like Waggoner Carr in Texas. director \(Md., W. Va., Del., N.J., Pa., and Agrees with Schwartz I would like to add my second to the on the negativity of Texas Liberals. As much as anyone, I yearn for the destruction of the conservative Democratic establishment in Texas, and I sincerely think that for it to be beaten badly would be good for the state of Texas. It seems to me however that the good of Texas politics and the national interest do not necessarily coincide here. If we focus our attention on the U.S. Senate rather than on the desirability of a two party state we are talking about two candidates who are equally conservative. Which of these men is more likely to have a check placed on his conservatism as a U.S. Senator? Having to play ball with the National Democratic Party might limit to some degree the conservatism of Carr. It is difficult to see that the National Republican Party has exerted any similar influence on Tower. We are faced with a question of lesser evils in which the national interest must come before the good of the State of Texas, but it hurts. George E. Luck, chaplain, Episcopal Chaplaincy, Arlington State College, Box 603, Arlington, Tex. Shapirocrats for Tower So-called “liberals” like State Senator Babe Schwartz gall me when they talk of loyalty to The Party. Someone please what loyalty has the Connally Clan shown the Democratic Party? The brands “Democrat” and “Republican” are meaningless here in Texas, from what I’ve been able to figure out. Liberals I know here in Bexar County aren’t just going fishing Nov. 8 as in 1961. We’re going to pull the handle for Tower with much delight. Call it petty vindictiveness . . . but personally I’m a Shapirocrat and much proud of the title. Antonio 78201. Wilson Defeated Carr The Oct. 14 Observer \(Political Intelliattorney general who is supporting Senator John Tower, was defeated by Waggoner Carr in a previous election. The only time they ran against each other was in the 1960 Democratic primary for attorney general. Wilson defeated Carr by 167,721 votes, winning re-nomination in a three-man race without a runoff. Larry Jackson, 4719 Harmon Ave., apt. 106, Austin, Tex. Pardon us, Judge Wilson and Reader Jackson. How the past does blur.Ed. Censorship at A&M in 1909 I read your well-written piece on A&M editor of the Battalion \(Texas A&M stuand there was censorship then. I wrote a mild editorial about the student strike in 1907, I believe it was, and it was ruled out. There was no student protest about that bit of censorship. Carl Brannin, 5614 Ridgedale, Dallas, Texas.
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