Hon. John W. Brigker
United States Senator from Ohio Member of Senate Banking and Currency Committee Columbus Ohio
A DISTRAUGHT WORLD has Changed the thinking of many people. Nations have chosen new courses under strange leaders and under policies our forefathers discarded centuries ago. Increaised populations and the growth of large cities have created new and challenging social and political problems. Many aspiring political leaders have discarded the clarion call of Patrick Henry — great liberal of his age — for “Liberty or death” and have modernized it to “Give me security or give me death.” There are many followers, for an insecure society generates a yearning for security.
Our country, where the watchwords of our political philosophy have been “individual liberty”, “private business,” “equality of opportunity”, “” has been caught in the backwash of some of this alien philosophy. Here everyone has yet a voice and a vote — too often unused — in the destinies of his community and government. Even though we have given, universal franchise, the assumption of bureaucratic control has weakened that voice and removed policy-making power further from the individual voter.
I believe, and I think the majority of our people still believe, that the greatest security for the individual is citizenship in this Republic.
Believing that, my public service has always been built upon preserving intact our personal liberties, improving individual opportunity, and keeping government responsive to the guiding will of our people. The duty of a good public servant today is to create the atmosphere in which the creative genius of our people will be most encouraged. Upon that creative productive ability we have builded mightily. Our necessaries are the luxuries of many people.
We used to say that it could not happen here. It has already happened. The only question is how much further are the majority of the people going to let it go before we awaken and do something about it. Are we and the so many others like us going to let it go by default all the way with the accompanying destruction of everything generations of Americans have fought and died to preserve? It is indeed a sad commentary on the political economy of this nation that far too many of our representatives in federal public office from both major parties are today more interested in what they can get and keep than in what they can do to save this country from complete ruin. We now have government by a small, tightly entrenched clique. We and our friends and their friends must do one thing, we must carry this fight to all the people; must show them that the price tag attached to the so-called security of life philosophy that is being sold to them is terribly high — so high in fact that it is not measurable. Because to measure we must put monetary values and power as the motivating forces of man’s existence rather than the values all religions place upon a life devoted to the love of God, the love of country, and the love of neighbor. These involve the giving of oneself and the not taking from others through political spoils. If we do not soon return to the beliefs of our forefathers as to their fundamental duties to others and to themselves, we shall find freedom of individual thought replaced by predigested thinking by the state; freedom of action set aside for servitude to the state and obeisance to a central power composed of men superseding our belief in and duty of our God.
The time has come when the people of this Republic must stand up and be counted in this cold war of national socialism against our proven and long-held American beliefs. The attempt by the believers and proponents of the pagan philosophy of “What can I grab for myself” to destroy the age-old Christian concept of “What may I give,” makes it essential that the men and women be separated from the appeasers. For far too long the citizens of this Republic have compromised with, have avoided facing and taking issue with the reality of what this band of ruthless destroyers really intends. These Machiavellians who dare to deny the identity of man^ deny that man is endowed with mortal and immortal individuality and accountable to a supreme being; they assert instead that man is merely a serf of the state with a beginning and end-all of nothing but homage to that central power group. In this country we have stood by while we have witnessed nationalization of finance; seen the replacement of government by the people with administrative law and regulation through federal commissions, corporations, and administrations; watched taxing power being perverted to destroy all initiative, to confiscate and redistribute wealth, to take and then waste the savings of the public; been spectators to the purchasing of votes of favored millions with billions of the taxpayers funds; observed the development in Washington of the greatest propaganda unit that man ha-s ever known. You have heard of thought control in the countries behind the iron curtain. We have a strong start on the same thing right in this country.
In passing, we might note that foreign invaders were never able to enslave the British people. Their own socialist planners have been able to do it, with our country making it possible because our monetary contributions materially aid in maintaining the political control of that country in the hands of the Henry Wallaces, the Marcantonios, and the Earl Browders of Britain. It is not bad enough that our politicians should use the power of taxation to bring about the destruction of our form of government without also making it feasible for a group to stay in power which has completely subjugated and put into the position of slaves of the state the people of Britain?