Thursday, May 03, 2018

Today -100: May 3, 1918: Buy freely. Buy quickly. Buy gladly.

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Must be a definition of the word liberty with which I am not familiar. A new organization in northern California, the Knights have so treated 3 men in separate incidents in San Jose, Richmond and somewhere unnamed, for such crimes as failing to buy Liberty Bonds freely, quickly and gladly.

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While Secretary of War Newton Baker is talking of a 3-million-man army, Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to give him the absolute authority to draft as many men as he wants, without limit. This would seem to violate Congress’s appropriations power, since those men would have to be paid.

The Prussian Diet, discussing reforming its ridiculous 3-tier voting system (1/3 of the seats elected by the taxpayers who pay the top 1/3 of the taxes, etc) rejects one man one vote and considers a system in which some people would get more than one vote, despite the kaiser having instructed them to implement an equal franchise and Chancellor Georg von Hertling recommending it as “a regrettable necessity.”

A German report of Kaiser Wilhelm’s visit to the front quotes him, “his eloquent eyes brimming with tears at the devastation all around,” saying “No word in our language can adequately describe it.” Insert your own Germancompoundnoun joke here. He says that if only the people at home who are questioning the war saw the destruction “done here by a ruthless foe who stops at nothing,” they would understand. In fact, he’s been thinking about bringing trainloads of home-dwellers out for that very purpose.

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