With organization the people are mightier than the trusts.
The Republican party both in congress and in assembly are teaching us the good old doctrine that Might is Right. They have the country by the throat for a term and there is little to be done in grid and abide. We hear grumbling on all sides.
Men are disappointed and disgusted, Republicans as well as Democrats, at the unhappy issue of the recent election, and are only too apt to explain that the promises of the McKinley platform were a delusion and a snare. Might is Right, however, as the following verses, culled from a Chicago source, amply proves;
Might was Right when Caesar bled upon the stones of Rome,
Might was Right when Joshua led his hordes o’er Jordan’s foam.
And Might was Right when German troops poured down through Paris gay.
It’s the Gospel of the ancient world and the Logic of to-day.
Behind all kings and presidents all government and law
Are army-corps and cannoneers to hold the world in awe;
And sword-strong races own the earth and ride the conqueror’s car,
And Liberty has never been won, except by deeds of war.
What are the lords of hoarded gold, the silent Semite rings?
What are the plunder-patriots, high pontiffs, priests and kings
What are they but bold master-minds, best fitted for the frey,
Who comprehend and vanquish by the Logic of to-day?
Then what’s the use of dreaming dreams that “each shall get his own”
By forceless votes of meek-eyed thralls who blindly sweat and moan?
No! a curse is on their canker’d brains, their very bones decay:
Go! Trace your fate in the iron game, is the Logic of to-day.
The strong must ever rule the Weak is grim primordial law;
On earth’s broad racial threshing floor the meek are beaten straw;
Then ride to power o’er foeman’s necks, let nothing bar your way.
“If you are fit you’ll rule and reign,” is the Logic of to-day.
“Put not your trust in princes” is a saying old and true,
Put not your hope in governments translateth it anew;
All Books of Law and Golden Rules are fashioned to betray:
“The Survival of the Strongest,” is the Gospel of to-day.
Where pendant suns in millions swing around the whirling earth,
It’s Might, it’s Force that holds the breakes, and steers through life and death;
Force governs all organic life, inspires all Right and Wrong;
It’s natures plan to weed out man, and test who are the strong.
The co-operation of plutocracy has made the trusts and syndicates the controlling force of America for the time being, but the co-operation of the people should counteract their influence in the future. With organization the people are mightier than the trusts.
The Yonkers Herald, May 3, 1897