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After the election: Parties in perspective

If you ignore the past


Van Thieu is visiting President Nix-
on in the United States. No doubt Nix-
on will reassure Thieu that this country
will not forget him now that the last
American troops are out of Vietnam, and
Thieu will no doubt assure the President
that his country can make a go of it
without American troops, but not with-
out massive American aid.
Neither of which is very reassuring to
The basic lesson of the Vietnam war
is that it is futile to give massive eco-
nomic and military aid to a leader of an
Asian country who has little real support
among the people of the country.
America should have learned that les-
son from its experience with Diem, the
American supported dictator of South
Vietnam who was assassinated in a coup
in 1963.
THE- DIEM REGIME was supported by
the American government in the late
fifties and the early sixties, and because
of that support, Diem felt no need to
respond to the wishes of the Vietnamese
people. As an American-supported presi-
dent, Diem in turn was not respected by
the Vietnamese.
There is little reason to suspect that
Thieu's situation is any different. He is
totally dependent on American aid, is
out of touch with .the peasants - the
source of power for any would-be Viet-
namese leader. The Vietnamese have
been fighting to throw foreign influence
out of Vietnam for countless years, and
they will have no more respect for

American influence merely because it
comes in the guise of President Thieu.
The American government seems to be
forgetting this lesson of the war in Cam-
bodia as well. There, we -are propping
up another ineffectual dictator, Lon Nol.
AS WE DID in Vietnam, we are provid-
ing massive aid for a Cambodian
army that cannot fight against a super-
ior guerrilla force.
As we did in Vietnam, we are bombing
to support a petty dictator who has little
indiginous popular support because he is
of our own making.
Based on the remnants of our Cold
War philosophy, America looks on such
ventures as those in Vietnam and Cam-
bodia as holding the line on Communism.
This philosophy is derived from the as-
sumption that the so-called Domino
Theory is valid. But that theory has
been discredited, even by intelligence
reports as revealed by the Pentagon Pa-
pers. In the final analysis, guerrilla
fighters in Indochina are not worried
about communism, but gaining inde-
pendence from foreign colonial influ-
ences in their countries. Thus, America
becomes the enemy.
As we did in Vietnam, we will probab-
ly find that "our allies" are losing the
war against the people of Cambodia,
even with massive American bombing.
What will we do then? Introduce
ground troops? But wait, didn't we do
that once before just across the border?
First in Vietnam, now in Vietnam, and
again in Cambodia. Don't we ever learn?

Executive Editor
ELECTION NIGHT belonged to the Re-
publicans, and they knew it. They jam-
med the plush West Ballroom at Weber's
Inn, dressed in their finest clothes. They
laughed, cheered, patted each other on the
back, and drank mixed drinks from plastic
cups. The drinks cost a dollar apiece.
The new mayor meanwhile was clearly in
his element. With his checked sportcoat
open, and a drink in one hand, he told
them what they wanted to hear.
"Republicans can do a better job any
day than the Democrats or the Human
Rights Party," he intoned. And he boast-
ed that his majority would provide "a pro-
gressive form of government that will put
the city back together again."
James Stephenson knew better than to
abruptly halt the merriment after his
speech. So he started introducing some of
the "wonderful" people who made his vic-

Stephenson left the stage to greet his
backers. And as well-wishers pressed near
him to grab his hand and shake it, he re-
assured them as to how it's going to be.
About how he's going to undo the last four
years of the Democratic Party's reign in
his first six months in office.
One middle-aged business type waxed
philosophical about the Republican victory.
After a few minutes of thinking, he said,
"The Republican party represents an im-
portant segment of our population. It re-
presents the true thinking of the Midwes-
terner. Not like some of the Johnny-come-
I asked him what he meant by "Johnny-
come-latelys". He said, "I mean the Berke-
ley group."

the six shouldered their way through
crowd and mounted the stage. "The
publicans are running the city now,"
drunk Republican yelled. "You better
lieve it," another replied.


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"A lot of people will be hurt by this election, but that was
what was at stake, people knew that. I don't think we're
going to continue with the three party system. People are
just not going to let this happen every two years.
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precinct in the Second Ward went heavily
for the Democrat Mogdis. There had been
a loud groan.
The precinct returns began to pick up.
As the First Ward results were gradually
posted, Andrei Joseph, the HRP candidate,

while th'ere . . ." But he chokes on. the end
of the sentence and throws an arm around
Joseph. He forces a smile. "That's life,
let's have a beer."
THEN THERE'S JUST the matter of


"The Republican party represents an important segment
of our population. It represents the true thinking of the
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paced back and forth. "Who's nervous,
who's nervous," he says.
The race in the Second Ward between
Frank Shoichet and Democrat Carol Jones
is tight. In one of the precincts, a mistake
is corrected. "We didn't lose by 20, we won
by 40." A cheer goes up.
Everyone is plainly worried though. "It
depends on 2-1. If we get it, we win," some-
one says. Another comments, "We have to
pick up 200 votes, and I don't see how we
are going to do it."
The room has filled to capacity, and each
new precinct result brings either a loud
yell or groan. Joseph looks at the precinct
tallies in his race and blurts out, "Forget
it, I'm finished." He slumps into a chair
shaking his head. "Those stoned freaks at
Alice Lloyd, why didn't they vote."
Then quickly it was all over. Even Second
Ward candidate Frank Shoichet had lost, al-
though narrowly. He descends by way of a
staircase into the crowded room. "For a

the death of a radical third party. What to
do with a corpse. It's hard to discard it
gracefully, that is, after you've been stomp-
ed at the polls. So you just keep grinning, as
HRP members did Monday night, and prop
it up against the wall. And talk to it as
though it was still alive.
One wishes that the experiment didn't end
the way it did. That the two-party system
were more flexible, that an inspired bunch
of young people could have helped revitalize
a rather stale political system.
All that was left on election night though
was a post-mortem. And at the Democratic
gathering, a few blocks from the HRP camp,
a relaxed, outgoing Mayor Robert Harris
delivered it,
"A lot of people will be hurt by this elec-
tion, but that was what was at stake, people
knew that," he said. "I don't think we're
going to continue with the three party sys-
tem. People are just not going to let this
happen every two years."


tory possible. Like campaign manager Ross
Wilhelm, who goosestepped onto the stage,
shouting something in German. Stephenson
slapped him playfully on the head.
Stephenson then introduced his all-star
team - six Republican councilmen. "From
the Third Ward the great freshman council-
man Bill Colburn," he began. One by one

Part of the Berkeley group, meanwhile,
was huddled in a cramped, woodpanelled
basement on Hill Street. I mean the Hu-
man Right Party. The mood there, in con-
trast, was anything but joyful.
Early in the evening, the precinct tallies
had trickled in. The faithful has stirred with
each new result. One of the' first, the third

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TWO views of the rising -meat costs

State legislature cleans house

IT IS NOT unexpected that the reaction
to Rep. Perry Bullard's (D-Ann Ar-
bor) marijuana smoking exhibition at
Sunday's Hash Bash is a call by a col-
league for his imprisonment.
It is indeed Ironic that "older and
Editorial Staff
Co-Editors in Chief
ROBERT BARKIN ................... Feature Editor
DIANX LEVICK .... ............Associate Arts Editor
DAVIDNMARGOLICK .. . ..Chief Photographer
MARTIN PORTER ........ Magazine Editor
KATHY RICKE ... Editorial Director
ERIC SCHOCH ... Editorial Director
GLORIA SMITH .....Arts Editor
CHARLES STEIN ... .... ...... City Editor
TED STEIN . xecutive Editor
MARTIN STERN . Editorial Director
ED SUROVELL ........... Books Editor
ROLFE TESSEM .Picture Editor
Today's st aff:
News: Jack Krost, Christopher Parks,
Marilyn Riley, Stephen Selbst, David
Editorial Page: Kathleen Ricke, Eric
Arts Page: Jeff Sorenson
Photo Technician: Stuart Hollander

m o r e conservative" representatives
should self-rightously state that "no one
is above the law." It would take a staff
of thousands to calculate how much tic-
ket-fixing, favor-selling, and other il-
legal acts go on in our state legislature.
Moreover, they have little inhibition
about spending taxpayer's money for oc-
casional junkets when they feel the urge.
It is ludricrous that other legislators
should become so irate when someone
enjoys himself by toking on a little grass
on a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
In addition, no mention was made by
his colleague to Bullard's statement that
he never attends a session of the legisla-
ture under the influence of marijuana
nor alcohol. It would be interesting to
find out how many other state legisla-
tors can make a similar statement.
It is an old joke that when a constitu-
ent asks a legislator's secretary to see his
representative and the secretary replies
that "he is on the floor" that you should
then ask, as a matter of clarification,
whether that means the floor of his of-
fice or the legislature.
There is too much hypocrisy and cor-
ruption in the legislature to be worried
about a person's private entertainment.
Better that they clean their own house
before they try to clean Bullard's.

THE FOLLOWING is a list of
meat prices from the Uni-
versity Food Stores Bulletins which
all University food service units,
including the Halfway Inn, use to
order food. The Halfway Inn is
publishing this list (it includes only
those meats we stock) to show the
incredible price increases for meat
that have occurred since we open-
ed in September, 1972.
Column 3 shows the percentage
of increase in prices in the 5
months between September 4 and
March 5. The average increase in
this time period was 17 per cent.
Prices have increased even more
since March 5th. Computing only
those prices that increased, their
average increase in 2 weeks (Mar.

15-Mar. 19) was an additional 5
per cent. Although prices declined
between March 19 and April 2 (ef-
fective date of latest price change),
the average price increase from
September 4 to April 2 is still an
amazing 23 per cent.
NOTE: According to Phase III
wage/price controls employers are
asked not to give wage increases
exceeding 5.5 per cent. Under the
zircumstances one can barely af-
ford the cheapest meat.
We, at the Halfway Inn, would
like our customers to support the
Meat Boycott (April 1-7). Although
meat will be available, we will try
to provide vegetarian foods and en-
courage our customers to EAT NO

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Effective date of price
increase Se
Ground beef bulk
Ground beef patties

% inc. % inc.
ept. 4 Mar. 5 Sept-Mar Mar. 19 April 2 Sept-Apr

.67 .76

13 .79 .78 16
13 .83 .82 16




.86 1.00

16 1.05



Corner beef brisket
Ham-Hotel Roll

.77 .98 27 .97 1.04



12 1.22 1.25 15
14 1.23 1.23 21

.44 .58 32 .62

.64 45


.79 5 .81 .74 decrease




To The Daily:
I WOULD LIKE to go on record
stating my opinion that Dean
Rhodes and the LSA executive
Committee are making a grievous
mistake in denying tenure to John
Raeburn and Joe Mullin of the Eng-
lish Department. Having been en-
rolled in the M.A. and Ph.D. pro-
gram in English here for four
years, I have had the opportunity
to observe both men as teachers
and faculty members, and I may
say with complete confidence and
perfect honesty that they are both
extremely valuable members of the
English Department.
In my opinion, the primary func-
tion of a teacher is to teach. The
decision of the LSA Executive Com-
mittee in this case seems to reflect
that the committee is completely
dismissing this criterion for tenure,
and I believe that the students of
the university will suffer for this
misplaced emphasis. The students

are the rationale for the existence
of the university, and they should
be ministered to by the most com-
petent, stimulating, and en'husias-
tic (as well as the most learned)
teachers. I can find no fault with
the qualifications of either Joe
Mullin or John Raeburn on these
As a teaching fellow under Joe
Mullin, I attended his lectures in
introductory American literature
and heard my students' apprecia-
tive response to the lectures. At
the end of the term, the hundreds
of students in the lecture course ap-
plauded his teaching. I have been
a student of John Raeburn's on :
one-to-one basis, since he is a
member of my doctoral commit-
tee, and he has been consistently
helpful, humane, interested, and in-
I BELIEVE THAT the needs of
the students of Michigan should he
given precedence over some arbi-
trary rating system. The rating
of the University of Michigan's
English Dnartment wiml desrve to

Prime cuts displayed

following dispatch haven't hap-
pened yet, but don't worry, t h e y
East Greenfelt, Conn. - Lemuel
Shagworth, the multimillionaire
boar bristle tycoon, has selected
the plush Seersacket Gallery here
for the first public showing of his
famous collection of rare beef-
Included in the display is the
legendary Rothschild Sirloin, which
Shag*orth obtained through a pri-
vate dealer for a record price of
61.5 million a pound.
The steak, which is nearly two
inches thick and weighs more than
six pounds, is now considered price-

supposedly taken accidentally.
ANOTHER former owner, Prin-
cess Henrietta Fitzanstartz of East
Prussia, suffered a terminal hang-
Shagworth, who regards the sfor-
ied jinz as pure superstation, is
one of several rich businessmen
who began investing their fortunes
in beefsteaks in the early 1970s.
'We wanted to preserve t h i s
cherished part of our American
heritage for future genertions," he
says of himself and his f e lI o w
Although a few cuts of beef might
have been handed down as heir-
looms, only dedicated collectors
such as Shagworth had the resourc-
es to search out precious steaks in
out-of-the-wav -freezers and brin

the .exquisite marbling of a Here-
ford porterhouse, which has been
appraised at $10.4 million, and the
delicate coloration of an Aberdeen-
Angus T-bone insured by Lloyds of
London for $9.7 million, including
Each steak is being displayed in
a natural setting - on a charcoal
grill, in an oven or in a frying
Although the value of his collec-
tion has increased tremendously
since he first began acquiring
steaks as a hobby, Shagworth plans
to keep it intact, eventually be-
queathing it to the Smithsonian In-
"I'm not seeking personal glory,"
he said, "but if they rename it the
Shagworth Memorial Steam Mu-
seum, I'm sure my family would

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