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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta x, Moy 27, 1972 THE [ETHBRIDCE HERAID 21 Assault on George Wallace changes course of U.S. By JAMES ILAYHS No matter what prognosis comes from Gov. George C. Wallace's sick-room, the assault upon his life last week has changed the course of U.S. poli- tics. Suppose his gunshot wounds, which left him partially and ap- p a r e n 11 y permanently para- lyzed, prove too severe, recu- peration too prolonged, for even a surrogate pursuit of power to be credibly presented. A Wal- lace hors de combat would re- dound to the advantage of George McGovern as the only other candidate riding Ihe rip tide of populist protest and dis- satisfaction at state of lhj union. Suppose he recovers suffi- ciently to re-enter Hie fray. A Wallace campaigning from a wheelchair like FDK could hardly hope to garner 1509 Democratic delegates in as distinct from wringing sym- pathy by a dramalically staged appearance on the convcnlion floor. But his third parly candi- dacv could carry enough slates in November to pitch the elec- tion of the next president into the House of Representatives for the first time in 144 years. So in a third successive cam- paign, the contest for the presi- dency of the United Slates has been distorted by assassination or its attempl, made lo turn as much on bullets as on ballots. Suddenly (lie sample looks stat- istically respectable. "If he doesn't like who is his presi- some European school- children responded when asked for their impressions ot the av- erage American, "he usually shoots him." That was late in 1963, and two more presidential candidates have since heen shot. Americans are asking themselves despairingly whether Ihey may ever again choose their leader withou some deranged male in his early Oswald, a Sirhan, a a gun and cutting him down. Violence may be as Ameriear as cherry people die o i gunshot wounds In the Unitet Stales on an average day, each political viol ence is not. Studies prepared for the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Viol ence in 1968 show lhal few high-ranking military officers cabinet members, congressmen judges or stale governors have been assassinated or the targets of attempted assassinations. No vice president has ever been at Lacked, only one Supreme GOUT justice, one cabinet member three senators (of whom two including Robert F. Kennedy were no state governor assassinated since 1905. Lower down the line Ihe flak becomes more heavy, as munic- ipal office chiefs of police, D.A.'s and the gunfire from gangsters. (The only attempt on the life of Hubert H. Humphrey occurred not when he was vice- president or senator but in 1347 when he was mayor of Milwau kee.) But it is murder in the presidency that gives America her bad name and the U.S. In formation Agency sleepless nights. One out of four presidents has been a target of assassination compared with one of every 142 senators, 160 governors and congressmen during the period 1790-19GB. Four presi dents (Lincoln, Garfield, Mc- Kinley, Kennedy) have heen killed in office; four others (Jackson, the two Roosevclts Truman) have been the targets Nurses win salary hike FEItNIE The annual meet- ing of the Fernie Memorial Hospital Society will be held Sunday, May 28, at 7.-30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Reports were received from Sirs. Mary Arbuckle and Mrs. Dora Ungaro of the B.C. Operating Room Nurses Insti- tute held in Vancouver. The meetings were reported to have been excellent and well-attended by nurses throughout the Pacific north- west. A 1571 provisional budget ad- justment has been received which provides the hospital with a very small surplus of approximately The 1972 collective agree- ment between the Registered A'urses' Association of British Columbia and the hospital was given formal approval. This new agreement provides for a salary hike of seven per cent beginning Jan. 1, 1972, and 6Vi per cent at Jan. 1. 1973. Courtesy consulting medica' staff privileges were extended (o Dr. H. S. Suli, regional path- ologist, with offices in the Cran- brook and District Hospita serving the region of the East Kootenays. A delegation from Ihe hospi- tal will be attending Series 72 in Trail May 29, 1972. This is a communication sem- inar and representation from the board of trustees, nursing slaff, the medical staff and ad- ministration will attend. JOB WITH A STRING IN IT Myrcn Surmach, top, tackles a louchy job: removing n r.warm of bees from a traffic signal in the- New York borough of Brooklyn. Aflcr gingerly pulling bees in sack, bottom, lie later de- porls the scene with some of tho bees clustered on his suil. Tho bees sling, Surmach admillcd. Nol exactly a honey of a job. 'o f attempted assassinations. Only one of these allempl on Ihe life of Prcsidenl Truman by Puerto Rican na- lionalisls in be posi- tively identified as a form of propaganda by deed; one or two were Ihe work of hired guns; most presidential assassins and assailanls are persons who crave, usually because of men- tal illness, historical noloriely. These are nnl, to be sure, the mortality tables of a country en- tilled lo call ilself a peaceable kingdom. Yet Ihey are nol even aberrational, much less unique. For the 50-year period 1918-19611, the United Stales ranks 30th of 89 nations studied for their in- cidence of assassinations and attempted assassinations; one of the Americans killed was John F. Kennedy. It's true that the world as well as his country was Ill-prepared to suffer that sudden and senseless loss of a man whom, as his biographer remarks sadly, "had had so lit- tle timer il was as if Jackson had died before Ihe nullification controversy and the Rank War, as if Lincoln had been killed sis months afler Gellysburg or Franklin Roosevelt at the end of 1935 or Truman before the Mar- shall Plan. "It's also Iruc thet Kennedy was lout one of 68 heads of state who in that half century perished by bullet, sword, bomb or poison. Now assassination stalks again: allempted murder not in the cathedral but in the shop- ping plaza. The assailant's de- fence should nol be prejudiced by speculation about motives. But what of Ihc assailed? "High risk politicians are characlerized by a willingness to extend overcxlcnd seek- ing lo advance their writes William S. Croly in an article on presidential assassi- nations in the current issue of Society. "They are wuTng lo ex- pose Ihemselves lo cianfjerous {Situations, possibly even subcon- sciously seek out such cncoun- ler, assumedly lo salisfy inler- nal psychological drives." They are possescd, in a word, of Ihe death-wish. No politician ran higher risks Iban George C. Wallace. Sound indeed were Ihc- instincts of a man who, on the eve of the era of Black Pride, Black Panthers and Black Power, proclaimed as his credo the slogan "Segre- gation now segregation to- morrow and segregation to speak in public only from behind the protection of an 800-p o u n d armour-plriled po- dium. But no man crni reck the presidency in a hullel-proof campaign, and in Ihc end Wal- lace didn'l Iry. Was il Ihen Ihe dealh-vvish that almost did him in? In his brilliant portrait Wallace done in 196C, Marshall Frcdy relates lhal Kennedy's assassi- nation filled him witli forebod- foreboding turning later into a sort of secret relish at "moving about among rumors of his own imminent martyrdom Now, he tells his friends, 'It they gonna kill me, they gonna kill me.' But it is not resignation; ralher, it seems a kind of titillElion at the prospect of assuming the ultimate heroic pose in not onlv his bul Ihc Soulhem sensibilily: impale menl. crucifixion." Afler his shooting Wallace cnn Ihink of hini.'tlf as liecn crucified; one cringes al enuld happen if hi- rout'.'.-. :e Ihink of himself as risc'ii from Ihe dead. Already liv one of his physical his 'so some Walinec-wnlchois specu- lated) In "deepen his fanati- cism, his bis estrane.e- ment from and all lhal il promise, Ihe efficacy of words and the vitality of increase his reliance on passion and the visceral values." That reliance had become al- most lolal, but by (lie '68 cam- paign had paid off beyond be- lief. "It seemed like cvervlhins he'd done so far turned mil riul'.L no mailer what oven body e'sc bnd said the of his advisors had confided then, "tlifitho always smne'l In do Ihe richi UiiiiiJ So 1 dirhi'l 'o rulvi-r. him.'1 11 r-unld be une of Hitler1', generals the. day afUT he orrii- Ihe Khmelanrl. Wallacu Ililler. Mxon isn't Ilindenlnirg. the I.'niled .Slates ISM'! Weimar. !iul the re- semblance js ion eoin- fnrl. "I i'l'ln :l'i." n. leading ,-ui'luni n) National So- t-ialism onn wnjie "v.-.-is the land rn-d .'rixietv. Tho fads arc familiar defeat, a tame unfinisi rcvtihi'inn. in- flation, dcprcs'-ion, non-identifi- cation with the cxiflinL1 polilirnl parties, non-functioning nf Iho political system." Ml are present in [he United States Inday. 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