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If interested contact: Louise Stanford, Observer office, GR 7-0746. not be corrected by the words now utLered in self-interest by the man who was one of the principal causes of these events. Make whatever excuse for him you wish, Humphrey should not be rewarded with the presidency for his appalling moral faliure. Americans conscientiously shocked and appalled by this war should not consent to be trapped by the question, “What will you do if it’s Humphrey vs. Nixon?” This is a year for the truth; if the political bosses present us, who are the people, with this miserable choice, to hell with them, we will begin anew. That is the affirmative possibility that they do not want us to think about: beginning anew. As long as the old-line hacks can trap us into thinking, “Humphrey or Nixon,” we are had, but there is this other possibility. It would be pointless to elect Nixon to deny Humphrey if that was all there was to it. But if the Democratic party has so far betrayed its ideals that Humphrey is all we can get from it, then there is another factor the people should add into the equation: a new party that can take on a full force in American politics by 1972. For people who still think that the name of the game is domestic liberalism, this will not make any sense. They will see Humphrey and Nixon as tweedledum, tweedle-dee on Vietnam and foreign policy, but Humphrey better on domestic policy, so they will take Humphrey. But domestic liberalism is not the name of the game any more. The name of the game is humanity. The moral question dominating all others in our politics now is what we can do to bring the United States into a helpful and constructive relationship with the revolution of rising expectations abroad. Our relationship to this revolution has been, under Johnson, reactionary and destructive. We can no longer place the anti-communist zealot’s dedication to his foreign crusades ahead of our own progress at home and the conversion of our impact abroad into help, rather than hurt, for the poor of the world. Therefore, if it comes to that, it seems reasonable to me that opposing Humphrey with, say, a national write-in and fourth party campaign makes sense, provided only that it has fair promise of laying the foundation for a new party in 1972. In the alternative, it would be just as good if this same move taught the Democratic party that it cannot betray its members without their severely punishing it for doing so. It would be better that the Democratic party lose in 1968 than continue to fail the country and the world in 1969. It would be better that the Democratic party lose in 1968 and reform itself by 1972 than that the people be lied to again and this hateful and brutal and fruitless war continue. Nixon for four years would be tolerable in exchange for the strategic regrouping of the forces of humanity and reason in this great nation. There is something distinctly mean about this line of reasoning, and I know it. The war, and being lied to and deceived, and being manipulated, and our sons being killed, and our sense of morality being outraged by the photographs of children we have deformed with our bombs and napalm, have made a lot of us mean. Words, words, words, damn the wordsthese are the facts and nobody is going to talk us into looking away from them. That is my mood, that is the way I feel, and that is the way I believe conscientious international liberals should proceed for the rest of the year. Fight mean and for keeps and do not give a goddam inch. R.D. August 3.
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