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Seventy-seven years of editorial freedom
Edited and managed by students of the University of Michigan
under authority of Board in Control of Student Publications

Gov. Wallace: A new kind oJ
By GREG KANDEL

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News Phone: 764-0552

Editorials printed in The Michigan Daily exp ress the individual opinions of staff writers
or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1968

NIGHT EDITOR: JILL CRABTREE

Nixon: Liberal stance,
belies conservative base

Daily Guest Writer
S "AND I'LL TELL YOU something. When Robert
kennedy was alive, I was 100 per cent for
him. I believed in him and I supported him all the
way. He was a great man. But man, I'll tell you
something, I'm 100 per cent for Wallace, because
I believe in him and he has my support."
This was the least comprehensible of an other-
wise alarmingly lucid discussion with a middle-
aged woman whose home in Adrian (Lenawee
County) was canvassed recently in a Dupont for
Congress drive.
"HE'S AN HONEST MAN. He's not afraid to say
what many of us quietly believe. He's a member
of the church, too. Like the other day. He told
how President Johnson had stopped his big black
limousine during a motorcade because some Negro
children sat down in front of it.
"And Wallace said that if anybody ever sat
down in front of his car, it would be the last one
he would ever sit in front of.
"And he's right, too. Those people (Negroes) are
getting out of hand. And mind you there are some
nice ones. We have some nice quiet ones here in
Adrian County. But too many of them think they
can take over, especially in those big cities.
"AND I'LL TELL you something. Wallace knows
the answer. He says that if he has to, he'll put
10,000 troops with 10-inch bayonets at the end of
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their guns in those cities to make sure 'that us
decent people can walk in peace.
"And he's not a racist like everyone says. He
knows, like many of us, that Negroes aren't alone in
this. The Communists are behind it! Why I re-
member a news commentator five years ago, who
said that the Russians would probably take over
this country in a decade. And I'll tell you some-
thing. He was right. All this burning down. They're
doing it from the inside.
FEAR, Inferiority feelings? Racism? Maybe
some of each, but something else seems to lie with
this woman's remarks that may make her opening
statement seem more comprehensible: emotional
person-to-person contact.
Kennedy had that glamour, money and ;charm.
Wallace has this rugged straightforward "Im-just-
like-you-appearance." She just wants to be reached
and feels Wallace is the answer.
Moreover, she doesn't seem to be the only
one. Four out of 25 people I spoke to were for
Wallace. The Adrian woman herself probably best
characterizes them: "And I'll tell you something,
a lot of you are going to be surprised thip election
because there are a lot of people just like me who
are quieter, but who will vote for Wallace. And
I'll tell you something , he's going to win."
WORRIED YET? Here's the clincher. The
names of the 25 persons mentioned above were
taken from a list of those who had signed a Mc-
Carthy for President petition several weeks ago.
And I'll tell you something, I'm scared.

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THE CHOICE of Richard M. Nixon for
the Republican presidential nomina-
tion is a noncommittal, equivocal move
by the Republican Party.
He is the middle candidate, the man
who promises everything to everyone and
in the long run will give no one anything
The choice of a presidential nominee
this year demands a firm stand be taken
on the issues that confront the nation:
resolution of the strange war in Vietnam,
vigorous and humane attack on the crisis
of the cities, defining America's relation
to the third world in more responsible
and compassionate terms, and reassert-
ing the importance of the individual over
the state (in conscription, in protest,
within the welfare system).
RICHARD NIXON is not the man who
will do it. '
His views, in a few respects, do seem
to have come around somewhat to the
centrist liberal position that is the main-
stream of contemporary American po-
litical life.
He finally seems to have abandoned
the hard-line anti-Communist stance
that was his political making. In a news
conference late Tuesday he asserted that
"the communist world . . . is a split world,
schizophrenic, with very great diversity."
While certainly an improvement over his
earlier stand, it comes about 10 years
late, 10 years after such diversity was
accepted amnong Kremlin-ologists and
students of the Communist world, 10
years after such a stance might have
averted' the vicious atomic races of the
early sixties and the blighted war in Asia.
ON THE MAJOR domestic issue - the
crisis in the cities - Nixon has come
around slightly. He now advocates the
joint government-business approach to
the solution of the urban crisis. With tax
credits and guaranteed returns he ex-
Dects the turmoil can be quieted and
through economic imperialism he be-
lieves economic equality can be won.
Both stands clearly exhibit the invinc-
ible pull of events on an outmoded po-
litical philosophy. The major tenets of
that philosophy are unaltered. They have
merely been re-adapted for what the
times demand.
In foreign affairs, the basic approach
is still American economic imperialism.
Willing as the former Vice President may
be to admit that not all Communists
skulk around beady-eyed waiting to at-
tack some red-blooded American nearby,
it will not carry-over whe American
economic interests abroad are threatened.
Clearly, no indigenous Communist party
in any under-developed nation can tol-
erate with integrity the massive control
that the United States exerts in their
lands - either Southeast Asian or South
or Central American. And related to the
Soviet Union or not, Nixon could not tol-
erate any tampering with American cor-
porations by any foreign power, even in
the foreign power's own land.
THE SOLUTION for the nation's cities
likewise will be incomplete. The econ-
omics of the situation is only part of the
problem. Ritualistic liberals as well as
old-line conservatives will someday have
No comment
MIAMI BEACH W - Concurrent with
the GOP Convention, Miami is host-
ing the National Funeral Directors of
America this week.

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DANIEL OKRENT................... Co-Editor

to' accept the key role that "race confi-
dence" (as opposed to "race pride" which
verges on fascism) must play in re-
shaping the black ghettoes.
And in both respects, in both of the
seeming moves to the liberal middle, Nix-J
on's changes are only surface moves, a
change of programs, not of philosophy.
The difficulty lies in the inception and
development of political philosophies.
The moral and ethical base which origin-
ally directs the formation of some phil-
osophy leads, in its contemporary histori-
cal position, leads to the advocacy of a
certain set of programs and policies.
These policies must in time be out-
moded, grown over by social and political
changes that accommodate themselves to
the program, and which invariably bring
only partial deployment of the philosophy
which was the original driving force.
]DESPITE NIXON'S policy-move toward
the middle, the essence of his political
beliefs are unchanged, and these leave
him the traditional conservative he al-
ways was. And the implications here in-
volved are the most essential level - the
individual's relation to his government.
The acceptance of two pages from the
liberals' policy book - the non-mono-
lithic nature of communism and the need
for government-directed change in the
ghetto - does not change the conserva-
tive in Richard Nixon for placing econ-
omic rights and devotion to country
above individual rights.
There are two indices of this: his ap-
proach to "crime in the streets" and his
attitude toward the peace movement.
Nixon's view on the crime issue is un-
fortunately clear. In his "Toward Pree-
dom from Fear," issued last May, he sup-
ported the infamous Title II of the Om-
nibus Crime Bill, which overruled the
Supreme Court's decisions in Escobedo
and Miranda. Both of those decisions in-
creased the protection that an arrested
person had against the police. Nixon's
position would merely continue the tra-
ditional situation of justice for the rich
and jail for the poor - only because the
poor defendant wasn't protected by coun-
sel, as the Constitution indicates he
should be.
AND NIXON'S approach to the anti-war
movement is very close to that which
calls protest treason. His own refusal to
define his position on Vietnam and the
negotiations, for fear that he would
weaken his bargaining position were he
President, also demands unity of the na-
tion when involved in war -- even a war
the people voted against.
But his denials of the very basic liber-
ties of the right to counsel is a cause for
worry, for his inability to empathize with
the underprivileged and deprived bodes
ill for his attempt to help the ghetto poor,
as well as to relate to the poor in other
countries who might turn to communism
-to the detriment of American corpora-
tions.
THE REPUBLICANS did equivocate.
They avoided Rockefeller who has the
appeal among the poor and the compas-
sion to meet these problems, and Reagan
who would have met all of the problems
with police force, either domestic police
or the Army.
But this seems to be the best the party
can do. Mired in the conservative politics
of the right - they really wanted to
nominate Reagan - they cannot see how
far away they are from the real problemns
of the time, how irrelevant their beliefs
and view of society are.
And they are, appropriately enough,
this nation's minority party.
-RON LANDSMAN

SinI of omission
rTHE PARAGON of virtue that the New
York Police Department is! Just the
other day the department fired patrol-
man Alfred A. Mason, a 13-year veteran
and -graduate of St. John's University,
for living with his girlfriend.
The department said their action en-
sued because Mason "brought adverse
criticism on the New York police," since

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By WALTER SHAPIRO
Associate Editorial Director
MIAMI BEACH, Aug 7, 6 p.m. - It was very difficult to know what
to expect.
He was the only delegate who listed in the Ripon Society's "Who's
Who in the Republican Convention" credentials like "homeroom pres-
ident, grades one through four, six and nine."
In the corridor on the 14th floor of the Doral Hotel a delegate
from Ohio asked. "Are you going to visit that crackpot?"
WHAT I FOUND were a devoted father and, son at dinner who
between them had fused youthful disgust at an immoral war with
lifetime dedication to the libertarian principles of the late Sen. Robert
Taft of Ohio.
Paul Walter Jr. is a 21-year-old junior at Lake Forest College,
a peace candidate and the youngest delegate here. Admittedly his
election was primarily due to the death of his party-backed opponent
two days before the primary. His father, a slightly- heavy-set man,
served as "Bob Taft's campaign manager in all his campaigns for
the Senate and the Presidency from 1938 to 1953."
The younger Paul will appear before the convention and the
nation (with the help of the omnipotent networks) when he seconds
the nomination of Harold Stassen. But with Stassen's permission Paul
will cast @ne of the two votes for New York's Mayor John Lindsay in
this seemingly pre-staged convention.
HIS FATHER handed me the seconding speech to read and called
it "short and succinct like the Gettysburg Address." The son de-
murred from the compliment.
But it was obvious that he too was proud of it. On the phone he
had described it as "poetic."
Reading that speech in an air-conditioned room overlooking a
broad panorama of beach, swimming pool and luxury hotel, I glimpsed

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THEATRE
AlIchemy:r
Lost rt
By HENRY GRIX
T'S A TOSS UP. You can stay
home and watch the tedious
Republicanconvention whose out-,
come you already know. Or you
can go to Lydia Mendelssohn and
yawn through the University
Players' production of Ben Jon-
son's The Alchemist.
Written in 1610. and surviving
occasional revivals ever since, The
Alchemist is a two-hour show that
rivals the convention in inducing
boredom and producing hot air.
And the University Players, ex-
cept for a few characters and ex-
cept in a few scenes, do very little
to breathe life into the classical
work.
UNFORTUNATELY, I found
myself yawning more than laugh-
ing because guest director Roy
Knight directed his players in a
rigid literal interpretation of the
satire. He soaks the production of
its bawdy, freewheeling inclina-
tions and delivers a quaint, tire-
some caricature of Jacobean so-
ciety,
Admittedly a 350-year-old satire
is hard to do. Jonson's farce
slashed and spat at Jacobean con-
ventions, but itgets bogged down
in its own rhetoric. Parading
ceaselessly across the handsome
stage, Jonson's elegantly cos-
tumed types eventually become as
boring and dull to the audience
as the author obviously found
them to be. In dealing with the
superficiality of these contempor-
ary characters, Jonson had to be
a bit heavy-handed and deliber-
ate, or he wouldn't have made his
point.
HIS POINT seems to be that
knaves are better than fools. But
even the trio of rogues is envel-

world where men bleed and men
starve . .. The world that the Re-
publicans had to escape to Miami
Beach to forget.
1' H I L E PERHAPS seeming
quixotic, both father and son are
pragmatic about the speech. The
younger Paul explained, "My
speech is trying to say 'Come Join
the Republican Party and try to
change it'."
Paul admits his predilection to
the Republican Party was con-
genital, but he contends he is be-
ing realistic as well.
"The Republicans can't keep
the young people out. Goldwater
took the party over with hard
work and it can be done again.
For the Republican Party has an
exceptionally weak organizational
structure,
But while looking ahead to a
bright future void of the Nixons
and the Reagans, the younger
Paul also harks back to the tra-
ditions of his father and sees his
convention speech as "right in
line with the Taft tradition."
His father agreed, "Old Sen.
.Taft would have had the guts to
speakwout, and if he were alive,
we wouldn't be in Vietnam today.
"Bob Taft has been painted into
something he wasn't. Taft believed
in the freedom of the individual
and that meant he was against
the draft and for civil rights. Taft
was the real essence of liberalism."
PAUL HAD originally wanted to
nominate the New York mayor for
President but was dissuaded by
Lindsay aide Robert Sweet who
feared repercussions in the New
York delegation.
Despite the accusation of
"crackpot," both father and son
are on good terms with the pivotal
Ohio delegation pledged on the
first ballot to favorite son Gov.
James Rhodes.
"They are not going to push
him around because I'm here and
I explained to them that if they
try to deny him his seat they'd
have a real stink on their hands,"
explained the elder Paul.

" immy, 'ummy,
Yum I'> 've got gilts
in my tummy.".

-- vH OWARD KOH N
ALTHOUGH the Republicans nominated familiar R. Milhous Nixon
this morning, The Daily learned that Nixon wil select some very
unfamiliar aides for his administration.
Filling the bill of "getting a nigger on the team" will be Wilt (The
Stilt) Chamberlain as Vice-President.
The 7-1 Los Angeles Laker star, highest-paid Negro ip America,
will sell the Republican ticket to all tall, rich niggers.
After the Nixon-Chamberlain
ticket wins, Nixon will announce
this Cabinet lineup:
Secretary of State: Harold
Stassenwho put Nixon over the
top by releasing 126 delegates
votes.
Secretary of Treasury: Howard
Hughes, who will own holdings in
90 per cent of all U.S. real estate
by Dec. 25, 1968.
Secretary of Agriculture: Sen.
James L. Eastland (D-Miss.), who
receives $23,000 annually for not 1
growing crops on his 5,000-acre ti
farm.
Attorney General: Mayor Rich-
ard Daley of Chicago, who will
end violence in the U.S. ("maim THE NIGGER ON THE TEAM
looters and kill arsonists").
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Producer Stanley
Kramer, who will camouflage the smoldering decay with Hollywood
props.
' Secretary of Transportation: Andy Granetelli, who will replace
all piston-driven cars with turbine-powered racers for {maximum traffic
death efficiency.
Secretary of Commerce: H. (Lifeline) Hunt, will multiply U.S.
billions at the same time he multiplies his multi-billions,
Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare: Charles Atlas, who
will either whip the country into shape or simply whip the country.
Secretary of Labor: Jimmy Hoffa, who was one of the, few men
shafted by the Democrats.
Secretary of Defense: Don Knotts, who will properly let the Joint
Chiefs of Staff dictate policy:
Secretary of the Interior: Dr. Christian' Barnard, who will create
the composite man (heart of a Negro, brain of a Jew, liver of a
German, feet of a Spaniard, etc.) whichrall Americans could hate
with equal intensity.
Postmaster General: Rev. Billy Graham, who will send all, our
letters to God.

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