Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Sqtuldoy, Auguil 14, 1971 Political constraints Tlie declaration of non-support by conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and his cohorts, which Raymond Heard writes about in Jiis article on this page, must be especially painful for U.S. President Richard Nixon. To be deserted by long-time supporters is something that few persons could accept with equanimity. It is true, of course, that Mr. Nixon seems to have let his conservative friends down with policies he has adopted, even as his predecessor, President Lyndon Johnson, greatly disappointed many of his liberal sup- porters in the way he chose to go. In a sense, Mr. Nixon deserves to be repudiated by the conservatives. An important addition, however, needs to be made to Mr. Heard's comments on the development. Sen- ator James Buckley refused to join his brother in the declaration of non- support. In his six months in Washing- ton since his election last fall, he said, "1 have occupied a position from which I have been able to get a better appreciation of the political constraints within which the presi- dent is required to operate." Things almost always look differ- ent when one is involved in the re- sponsibility of dealing with them as compared to being in an outside posi- tion merely saying what ought to be done. Mr. Nixon could talk a certain kind of economics and foreign policy prior to becoming president that he has apparently found unrealistic and unworkable within the presidency. This is because he is not in control of all the forces that bear upon sit- uations with which he must contend. Setting the clock back to some gol- den age is as impossible as pushing it ahead to Utopia. The expectation of fulfilling either goal is apt to issue ultimately in unproductive disillu- sionment and cynicism. Gutless or powerless? It has been noted in these columns that the secret trial currently in pro- gress, of Sheikh Mujubur Rahman, leader of the Avami League, legitimately elected leader of East Pakistan, may result in his execution. If this should happen the danger of war engulfing the subcontinent and involving the big powers would be intensified, perhaps beyond hope of any peaceful settlement In the point of close to certainty. Until now, the UN has taken only a token part in the dispute. The secretary-general of the UN, U has "deplored" the prospect of a war which could engulf India and Pakistan, and would be almost bound to involve other nations. With considerable sense, the Washington Post asks, why can't Mr. Thant come out with the truth? "The subcontin- it says, "is fraught with despair and the danger of a local war, which could draw in other states, because of the deliberate policies ol: the Pakis- tani government. These policies con- stitute at once a violation of human rights and a threat to international peace The issue goes beyond the political calculus of the Soviet move in the subcontinent, as the secretary- general surely understands." In a crisis such as this, the world is hard put to it to understand why the UN in which it once put such great trust, has found itself power- less some might legitimately say gutless to act in the case of peace which every party to the present dispute claims to desire so fervently? Premiers' concerns While the rinivmcial premiers did not accomplish anything of great substance at their recent meetings in Victoria, they v. ere all agreed that the very fact that they feel there is a need for such meetings is an ac- complishment. The exception is the case of Joey .Smallwood of New- foundland who does not attend these conferences because as he puts it "they are a waste of time.'' Ths main concern at this past con- ference "as. predictably, fiscal plan- ning. All Ihe provinces are worried about flie new federal tax laws and proposed changes in revenue and cost-sharing agreements. Naturally the provinces want some puaranlccs that they will not lose revenue for at least five years be- cause of redirected taxes. But they are concerned that Ottawa will try to ease its way out of some of the shared cost programs, including medicare, leaving the provinces new ways of finding financing. One or two minor accomplishments were registered at Victoria. The premiers seemed to arrive at some decision on the silly Intel-provincial chicken and egg war, and they put in a strong protest against the Am- chitka nuclear test. Priority however goes to talks with Ottawa on financial policy. It's im- portant that the provinces know where they stand in future budget- planning and it's equally important for provincial taxpayers who will be paying the bills to have an idea what's going on also. Weekend Meditation The importance of trifles TT was said of John Wesley that the secret of his superhuman activity which continued into his eighties was the serenity coming from "his kingly neglect of trifles." He had tte grand quality of fit. Paul not to be "easily provoked." famous Dr. Osier a recipe for mental health. Live in "day-tight com- he urged, "The petty annoy- ances, the real and fancied slights, the tri- vial mistakes, the disappointments, the sins, the sorrows, even the joys bury them deep in the oblivion of each night." From one point of view this is absolutely correct. Sir Miles Standish was called by the Indians "The-Uttle-pot-that-soon-boils- over." A good many of us [A that descrip- tion! So do many great men. President Eisenhower had a low, violent boiling point. President Kennedy would go to another room where he woulii curse vio- lently before returning to face annoying visitors. George Washington was receiving visitors (or dinner who were astonished to arrive just in time to see the President kick a ladder from under a painter, bring- ing the irritating chap down with his buck- ets and brush. Theodore Roosevelt makes a hid to have been the worst-tempered of all prcsidcnLs. lie says that he hnd a life- long battle, to control his temper. All of us have a battle to control our tempers over trivia the suit mined at Ihe cleaners, Ihe jrue.st who burns furni- ture with a cigarctlc hull, the husband or wife who snores, the milk that sours, the neighbor's loud radio, the fender scraped at a parking-place, the rude customer, (ho clerk who short-changes you, and n thou- sand more. It is not easy "lo live over the top of things." A man who wns leading in n cross-country race hnd lo drop oitt, be- cause Iw bad sand in his shoos flmt got blisliTS. ll's a juii'iible of all lift1. The advice of ,Sf. Paul and Dr. Osier is excellent, but sometimes liltli things mightily important. The Song of Solomon speaks of little fores that spoil the and Zechariah was against "de- spising the day of small things." Executives who neglect detail will ulti- mately fail. Genius in anything consists in a capacity for observation of little things. Recently (he crash of a rocket was nar- rowly averted. The flaw was a tiny bit of bad workmanship. How encouraging is the kind word, the happy smile, the generous handshake, a bird's song or a robin's wing, an unexpected flower in the garden, a bunch of blue grapes, or any number of kind or lovely things. Courtesy consists of little things and while Hilaire Belloc thinks it does not rank as a virtue with "cour- age of heart or yet he maintains that "the Grace of God is in courtesy." Nor is anger always wrong. William E. Gladstone, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, speaking about Florence Nightin- gale, declared that he feared angry wom- en who knew what they wanted. Anger is one of the sinews of a healthy mind. Dis- raeli, disturbed by Gladstone's angry out- bursts, put it in its right perspective by saying that temper should be controlled so that a man got angry at the right time and nt the right things. NrJ. all of us are as self-disciplined as Disraeli. Jesus got angry when IK saw people being exploited. Few men had a stronger ability of vituperation and rebuke. Just read the twenty-third chapter of the Gospel according In St. Matthew. Also he had an eye for little things a lily, a sparrow, a penny, the widow's mite and children. The Kingdom of God was like the mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds. The significance of anything did not consists in its size. But he lived a life free from anxiety. Ho hnd Ihis double vision of liltlc things. I'llAYKII: Help me, 0 Cod. lo over- come the irritations (if hut give ir.e eyes lo .see Hie importance of lillle thinss. -F.S.M. Raymond Heard President Nixon threatened by Right-wing rebellion WASHINGTON Over Hie last two y c a r s, While House political strategists have been emphasizing lhat the president is much more con- cerned about offending Ihe Right wing of his own Republi- can party than the Democratic doves o[ the Left. For (his reason alone, the growing disenchantment ot conservatives with Sir. Nixon's foreign and domestic policies must be treated as more than a minor happening of the silly season, which arrives every muggy m i d-summer before Congress goes into recess. As Mr. Nixon's .nen contrive a strategy for his re-election campaign next year, when lie hopes to become a majority presidenl, some of his oldest friends and allies are sorely distressed with his perform- ance. And Mr. Nixon's wooing of China, wrich should pro- duce visit to Peking before May 1, is but the latest mani- festation of ulmt (lie lieadline- wrifers call the "rebellion" of the Right. His new economic pragmatism, which he calls Keynscian, and his relatively radical welfare reform plan have upset Ihe conservatives. At the Strategic Arms lamila'ion Talks with the So- viet Union, Mr. Nixon is mov- ing too far. Loo fasl, his critics complain. He is paying Jess at- tention to the coverlly racist Southern strategy and to de- mands for "law-and-ordor" at almost any price than he was in last year's Congressional election campaign. Moreover, signals from the White House still suggest that Vice-Presi- dcnt Spiro Agnew, flic hero of the Right, may be dumped in 1972 for a less controversial running-mate. So far, the While House has been -'ilc (o keep all but one conservative Senator, and a lew ultra conservative Con- gressmen, in line, notwithstand- ing deep private opposition to Mr. Nixon's supposed sell- out of Nationalist China to cur- ry favor with the Peking gov- ernment. But the articulate criticism of "onservative editors and the 2 e a u s Young Republicans, who arc grouped around 'he columnist William F. Buckley Jr., has not been contained. Nor is this anti-Nixon dissent likely to tone down in the months to come as the presi- dent moves closer to Peking and takes olhcr steps to achieve (hat generation of he offers in every speech. The role Mr. Buckley is play- ing in the "rebellion" of the c o n s e r valives is significant. His tart, syndicated column, his editorship of the NA- TIONAL REVIEW and his re- lentless grilling of liberals and radicals on his television pro- gram have made him a house- hold name. Mr. Buckley has been a frequent guest at Ihe White House since Mr. Nixon assumed the presidency; he also served on the advisory board of the government's propaganda arm, the U.S. In- formation Agency. But while Dr. Henry Kissinger, Mr. Nixon" aide, has kept in touch with Mr. Buckley on other im- pending foreign developments, he did not give the columnist p.dvancc warning of the China initiative. Last month soon after Mr. Nixon's planned trip to Pe- king was announced Mr. Buckley presided jt a meeting in his Manhattan [own house of 10 olhe- conservative editors, They ended their "summit with an announcement that they were "suspending" their support for Mr. Njion. There are other examples of the anti-Nixon revolt: the day after Mr. Nixon said he would go to China, and that Dr. Kis- singer had already been there secretly, Congressman John G. Schmitz. the Republican who represents part of Mr. Nixon's borne district of Orange Coun- ty, California, telephoned Ihe White House. Mr. Schmitz, the only mem- ber of Congress who admits to membership of the radical right-wing John Birch Society (the group's founder holds, among other things, that the late President Eisenhower was a Communist said he would not take a scheduled cruise down the Potomac River OK the Nixon yacht. And, he added, he had, in fact, bro- ken relations with the While House. Mr. Sehmitz, whose words have been echoed by other right-wingers, explained that he would have no more contact with the White House "as long as the" pursue their suicidal policy of surrendering to inter- national communism, as ex- emplified by the president's an- nounced trip to meet with our sworn enemy, the Communist rulers of Mainland China." Meanwhile, six former Nixon aides, all of whom had helped (o assure his nomination and election in 1968, were meeting here to launch a drive to pro- mote California Governor Ronald Reagan as the conser- valive alternative to Mr. Nixon at next year's Republican Con- vention. Then, when the U.S. Senate, by a one-vote margin, gave the sick Lockheed Aerospace Com- pany a million govern- ment-guaranteed loan, Senator James Buckley of New York (the columnists brother, echo- ed conservative disgust with the administration's economic pos- ture. The establishment of a federa. program to guarantee loans to business corporations one or many was "an jnwise intrusion of the fed- eral government into the free market he said. The rebels are not at all con- cerned because they have not yet been supported by big- name politicians on the Right. They know that they have the and that briefly is the Chinese position on the U.N." Letters to the editor Will proposals lead to socialistic bondage? I have watched with great in- terest as the politicans go on their nsual pre-election binge of promises lo Ihe voters. The Herald is faithfully (anil I be- lieve accurately! reporting these promises so that we can assess their wortliiness, and thus de- termine, first if their proposals are practical and workable, and second if such proposals will help us or if Ihey will lead us further down the road lo so- cialistic iKmdage. We are al- ready so taxed and regimented and controlled in everything we do that it would he refresh- ing if some of the political hopefuls would point Ihe way to less control, and less taxes. Let us review some of Ihe promises, and now they will af- fect us. One of the big promises of the NDP which appears in most every report of their leader's speeches is one of property take-over. Perhaps uV. lake- over of the olher fellow's prop- erty today will be a take-over of our property tomorrow. A recent rcnov1 says. "One of Ihe least costly affairs would be acquisition of utility companies, he said, because fnoy arc all on BOW! economic fooling and pro- vide a steady cash Mow." Looks like they want (at first) only those free enterprise businesses that are profitable, and return- ing cash sufficient fo be able 10 implement nnd finnnc.o their many oilier "Give Us Prom- ises." Is your business mer- chandising? If il is profitable, ;md produces a "sliMdy llou" llii'v il. Lniil; (till. Ihcy have their (Acs on il. Is 11 n newspaper, a radio sla- lioi., or TV station? Beware, for they are eager for that "steady cash and in addition they could use a me- dium for spreading their so- cialistic propaganda. Of course they don't want the farms (yet for thpy do not now have U'e "steady cash hut they do talk of a "land bank" that would in one way or another acquire our land and put it in a socialistic pool so that eventual- ly all of us would be slaves of (lie stale. They talk about eli- minating property tax, and ap- plying both capital gains tax and shifting lo income, "where it belongs How belter can we, the people, be herded into (he "Communist corral." than fn follow these socialistic propos- als? Certainly many things are wrong wilh our democratic so- ciety, but these ills cannot be cured by following the Karl Old cultures secondary Man path to complete slavery. Wake up Canadians! Let us throw off our apathy, especially in Alberta where we have made such great strides in the past! Let us commit those for whom we vole lo find the areas of fault and correct them, find turn our course away from fi- nancial and physical bondage. We do not want something for nolhing the government, but a chance to continue to live in peace and freedom, A. E. HANCOCK. Raymond. sympathy of many hi the Sen- ate wV still hold Barry Gold- water dear. Al Ihe right time, they say, they will get public support from the likes of Gold- ivaler and Reagan unless, of course, Mr. Nixon drifts back into the conservative path from whicu he has allegedly stray- ed. (Governor Reagan's reac- tion to the China news was that, when he had recovered from his surprise, he felt the Nixon trip to Peking would be a good thing.) While the administration maintains a relaxed pos- ture towards the dissent, some Whit" House men fear that his- tory could repeat itself. They recall that when an obscure young activist named Atlard Lowenstein launched the dump- LBJ movement in the Dem- ocratic Party, he was laughed out of Washington until Senator Eueene McCarthy took the eldership of Ihe peace movement, and humiliated President Johnson in the 1968 New Hampshire primary. If a lightweight like Mr. Lowen- slein couH force Johnson's ab- dication, a heavyweight conser- vative like William F. Buckley could make things nasty for Mr. Rixon next year, it is sug- gested. The vay Mr. Buckley's group explains the current situation, Mr. Nixon is walking into real political dancer by courting Communist China. "He was elected because he represented basically conservative Am- ericans." Senator James Buck- ley sa'd lasl week. "If he ap- pears to he veering off in the same direction as the Dem- ocrats, he would lose support and enthusiasm." Nixon, the rebels feel, has turned his back on lus own conservative, anti- Communist anlecedents. Be- fore, during and after the Jo- seph McCarthy era, the young Mxon was an ardent foe of those who had "lost" China to Mao Tse-tung; now he is repudiating 25 years of his own pol'Viral history. What the Bucklcyites have rot explained is where all the good conservative Republicans will go in 1972 to punish Mr. A'ivon. Few of them seem to be in! rested in the inelegant populism and racism of Ala- bama Governor George Wai- race, who is expected to seek the While House again next year as an independent. However, in 1972 the rightists may well sit on their bands and close their cheauc-books lo Mr. Nixon and, traditionally, they are. very generous bcne- falors in presidential cam- paigns. This could damage his re-eleclion prospects, just as Democrat Hubert Humphrey was damaged in I960 when so many supporters of Eugene McCarthy stayed away from the voting booth in protest against his identification as vice-president, with LBJ's war pnlicy. Mr. Nixon Is obviously pain- ed by the rebellion of the Buck- ley group. For these critics re- main members of his true con- stituency men who stood w i fh him I hen, in the Kennedy Johnson era, he ap- peared to be a loser who could never mount a comeback. If the conservatives are of- fended to the point where they do not vote for Mr. Nixon, and if the Democratic candidate benefit- from an inflationary recession that shows few signs of ending today, the ground may veil have been laid by this time next year for Mr. Nixons defeat. Moreover, one suspec's that, in his heart, lira president knows thai if Ihe clock were lo be turned back a generation, an ambitious young Califomian conservative nanifd Richard M. Niion might also have broken off re- lations wilh the White House if the president had moved so fast to court Peking. (W.-illtn for The Herald and The Observer, London) "Canada stand together, Un- derstand together right aie the lyrics of a song fre- quently flashed across local television screens, suggesting that Canada would be in great shape if people would only lol- eiate each other and try to gel along even though they speak different languages, dress indif- ferently, and have different ideas on what Canadian citizen- ship really is. The song is accompanied by pictures of young people from different backgrounds and cul- tures "understanding logcther" and having a great time. Bui the piclurc is oversimplified. Canada is a hig country, :mil therefore needs slrang lies to hold it together. One problem is that some Canadian citizens would rather have their own language, their own culture, their own way of life, and lo heck wilh the rest of NIC coun- Ir.v. These people don'l really care nhou! (.'anadimi nalinmil- iMn; only where thrir forcfath' n's came from, ami Ilial lln-y ir.iiHf maintain their own iden- tity at nil eosls, These few peo- ple causing the trouble are for- eigners wilh Canadian citizen- ship living to make sure that they keep their righls to remain foreign. People come here lo live be- cause Canada is a great place In live. So why do they fight so hard to make sure their par- ticular heritage is kept alive? If they would r'ather keep Ihcir own ways, why nol go back where Ihey eame from, and leave Canada lo Ihe people who love Canada? Canada needs some good old- fashioned patriolism lo pull herself together. People need to be proud of Canada, proud they live here, and proud of the Canadian way of life. Old cul- tures and pride for the other1 places should take a hack seat lo Canadian loyalty. Not totally disappear, but take a second place. If this is impossible lo do, maybe it would be heller nol lo be a rilizen here fll Jill, bill u of lho place MID pi'r.siin is iirnudcst of. KATIlUiKN llAHKKIt. Ix.'tlilil'klgc. Looking backward Thronsli the Herald 1921 Official confirmation o( reports that the British gov- ernment has offered Ireland a dominion slalus was given to- day by General Smuls, media- tor in Ihe peace lalks. J9J1 A son was bom early this morning to Her Excellency Lady liessborough, wife of Ihe Karl of Ilcssboroi'gh, the gov- ernor-general of Canada. Mill Prime Minister Chur- chill and President Roosevelt held a momentous meeting at an undisclosed point at sea and agreed on an eight-point de- claration of common national aim for post-war policy. 1951 William Randolph Hearst, the American publisher whose chain of newspapers rep- resented a enter- prise died today. 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