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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - July 18, 1912, Des Moines, Iowa
Vol. Mil no. 29. Lbs Moines Iowa july whole no. 2358. A leads the it Lowa republicans have once More proved their progressive Ness. They have once More enrolled themselves in the Van guard of Reform. They have once More overridden the houses re fusing to Compromise with Dishonour and repudiating a fraudulent Victor won by fraudulent Means. At the Republican state convention held in Des Moines last week a ring ing declaration of political Independence was adopted absolving All Mem Bers of the party from the necessity of voting for the nominees of the Chicago National convention and Leav ing it to the individual conscience to determine whether president Taft is entitled to another term. In other words the Republican state convention by an overwhelming majority which was virtually a landslide of enthusiastic progressiveness decided that a Rock ribbed Republican of life stand ing has the right to vote for Theodore Roosevelt and any progressive Nom Inee for vice president Over we. H. Taft and James s. Sherman and still remain a Republican in Good stand ing. This action on the part of the convention Means the inevitable de feat of president Taft in Iowa and a Victory for colonel Roosevelt which shall be a guide and inspiration to All the world. When colonel Roosevelt refused to accept a nomination for president at the hands of the Chicago convention and even refused to permit his name to be placed in nomination unless the Roll were purged of the ninety fraudulent delegates fraudulently seated in the place of ninety regular delegates duly elected by the people he declared that he would Appeal from the corrupt Bosses direct to the incorruptible people. His Appeal was heard in Des Moines last week. Every possible sophistry misstatement and absolute falsehood was circulated to Blind the eyes of Iowa republicans to existing conditions. Those who favor presi Dent Taft openly and those who Are secretly working to bring about his Victory proving their treachery by espousing progressive principles in Public but being traitors to Progress Ive principles in private did every thing in their Power to inflame Public sentiment against colonel Roosevelt and Compromise with Dishonour. The attempt was futile it was idiotic. The sentiment against president Taft was too widespread and too Strong. Iowa republicans had seen the presi Dent deliberately ignore his promises violate his pledges and Truckle to predatory wealth. They realized that in colonel Roosevelt they had a Leader who would never Compromise nor surrender nor desert them. It needed but the mention of Roosevelt s name to crystallize Public sentiment into a revolt against Bossis. When his name was spoken in the convention the spirit of 76 and of 61 blazed Forth again and in a whirlwind of patriotic enthusiasm such As has never before been witnessed in an Iowa Conven Tion a progressive platform was adopted. Proposed planks exonerating Theodore Roosevelt. President Taft from stealing enough votes at the Chicago convention to nominate him and endorsing the Chi Cago National platform were voted Down by majorities that were Over whelming. That there might not be the Shadow of doubt As to where they stand Iowa republicans adopted this ringing declaration of Independence duly incorporated in the state platform of the party the republicans of Iowa believe in the Rule of the people. We believe that the popular will when fairly expressed in convention or primary should be faithfully observed. Grave and serious abuses of the convention and caucus system of nominating our National candidates have brought the party to a condition in which great numbers of our Loyal adherents ques Tion the integrity of the nominations made by our National convention. How Ever we urge upon every Republican to stand loyally by All of the party made in the state in districts and in counties leaving to his individual conscience the controversy Over the National nominations. We hereby declare that our representatives in the state legislature and in the National Congress should use every Effort to enact such legislation As will secure a direct expression of the Vot ers Choice for the nomination of party candidates for president and vice president of the United states. The spectacle was thus presented of Iowa republicans holding a state convention in which every Effort to secure endorsement of the fraudulent nominee and the platform of the National convention was Defeated by an overwhelming vote. The equally impressive spectacle was presented of the representatives of the dominant party in the state declaring that not Only May the National nominee be ignored and repudiated but that Stal wart Rock ribbed republicans May re main in the party and even prove their leadership therein with All Hon or to themselves by voting for the Man from whom the nomination was stolen at Chicago through the trick Ery and treachery of the Theodore Roosevelt. In taking this action the republicans of Iowa were not misled by pique or enthusiasm. They knew full Well that to endorse president Taft and the Chicago platform was to Compro Mise with Dishonour while to ignore the results of the Chicago convention meant a silence which was nothing More nor less than Servile submission. They knew that there must be no conniving with conspirators nor Dally ing with dishonesty. They knew that president Taft was doomed to inevitable defeat. They knew that Iowa which has never yet failed to give its strength to the Republican nominee for president could never be carried by president Taft. They knew that party regularity was a Fetich which meant party defeat so Long As regu Larity represents the fruits of thievery. They knew moreover that the Only Hope of saving the state ticket and of keeping Iowa from swinging solidly to the democratic column Lay in espousing and recognizing the leadership of colonel Roosevelt. There were cold facts and figures to com mend their stand. They had but to glance at the official records to see that colonel Roosevelt carried Iowa the one and Only time he was a Candi Date for the presidency by Over More votes than any other Republican nominee for the presidency had Ever received. They saw the Honor Roll Mckinley elected by a Republican majority of Mckinley re elected by Roosevelt elected in 1904, by a Republican majority in Iowa of Taft elected in 1908, by 439. They had but to glance at these figures to realize that colonel Roose velt had won Iowa by a majority Many thousands More than twice the Ina i Jority by which Taft had won the i state four years later. They knew full Well that the reaction against Taft meant party defeat while loyalty to Roosevelt meant a repetition of 1904, not Only for the National ticket but for the state ticket As Well. Knowing and seeing All these things they took counsel among themselves decided that the Only Hope of party perpetuity and party Success Lay in renouncing Taft and Taft ism and cleaving close to Roosevelt and the great reforms for which he stands. The leadership of Iowa is thus established. The action which the re publicans of this state took at Des Moines last week will stand As an inspiration to other states. The Situa Tion was critical. The time had come for a thorough overhauling of conditions. That time comes in every enter National and Gigious and woe be to the generation that lacks the courage to undertake the Iowa republicans were heroic there was no Lack of courage shown by those who really and sincerely have the Wel fare and principles of the party close concluded on Page 5.
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