spirit of the Texas Alamo is not entirely dead in any of the forty-eight
states — nor in the District of Columbia.1
Is America in danger of any kind of
military attack from abroad?
We em- I.eld lhal the Soviets have the
same superweapons we have: alom and
hydrogen bombs. We- know they have a
\as| fleet of bombers capable of making,
from their home leases, round-trip
bombing runs ,,,, mosl ,,j our major
lilies. \\,. kn,,w they have an immense
lle-ei ol submarines with an around-the-
world range, capable ol sneaking in
close to our shores, where the crews
could quickly assemble small \ -2 type
rockets with hydrogen bomb war heads
and fire them with rifle-like accuracy
into the centers of our big coastal
NORTH AMERICA JUST A CINDER?
On the basis of what has I,.en revealed publicly, we- musl assume lhat
lhe Soviets also have ei lliinu called ill'"
"international ballistics missile." Ihis is
a guided weapon which could he fired
Ii..in launching platforms in Siberia
ami which theoretically has lhe potentiality, nol merel) ,,f wiping oul a few
American cities, hut ..f reducing the
North Vmerican continent to a cinder.1'
\ll of these frightful things an- in the
hands >el tyrants si, accustomed tu shedding lhe blood of their own people lhal
human life is meaningless lee litem.
Yes, indeed, .America is in danger ol
attack from abroad.11
Rut bow much good will it do us lo
have five million or twenty million
Vmerican boys scattered around the
country in the active reserve or serving
overseas if such an attack is ever made?
Dee we' have any defense against this
kind of attack?
Only recently have we made a beginning. Hut ni' don'l have' enough monei
to do it quickly or adequately. We are
building this kind of defense on a pi n-
ny-pinehing basis, because we must have
enough money for foreign aid. and
standing armies, and overseas troops.
We have known about the danger of
this kind ol attack l<ir several years. We
have known lhal thi- i- the only kind of
attack that can he made' against us. For
many years, our governmenl has been
taking From us in taxes many times
more than enough to build the kind ol
defenses we need, hui still don'l have.11
AMERICANS PAY—DEFRAY GIVEAWAY
\\ hat has our government been doing
wilh all thai money?
Paying lhe hills of the I nited Nations; giving and lending abroad for
building facilities lhal will more likely
be use'el against its than leer its in the
event of a war wilh Russia; maintaining vast armies of American soldiers
anil e i\ iliein employ ees etll o\ er the
earth; ami building, in foreign lands.
military bases which we may never be
permitted to use or which might he
taken over and used by the' Communists.
Now, while still curtailing our expenditures on lhe only kiml of defense llteit
mighl some day save us from destruction, lln- Pentagon wants to spend from
three to twelve billion dollars a year on
this strange' comptflsor) military service
The kind of defense establishment
that we need can be built only with superior scientific and industrial knowledge, experience, facilities, and ability.
11 could be manned by a relatively
small number of highly-trained experts,
who do nol need le> he drafted- win,
could he hired eel wages high enough to
compete with whal they could gel for
I heir skills elsewhere. This would be a
real spur iii youngsters lo acquire, on
their own. training and -kills which they
could sell eit a good price.18
—Wide World Photos
Army, Marines and Navy were represented in 1940 standing guard over the draft bowl
before the Liberty Bell in Independence Hall. The bowl was used by President Wilson in
1917. The bowl was used again (at right) in the first peacetime draft in history. Staff Sgt.
Robert Shackelton of Fort Dix, N. J., picked the first number from the "goldfish bowl" in
August. 1941. Assisting Shackelton is Col. Charles Morris, who blindfolded Newton Baker for
the first world war lottery in 1917.
—Wide World f*">"
In 1948. petitions urging UMT were t"'
sented to legislators in Washington W
representatives of the Women's Patriot'1
Conference on National Defense. Left '*
right. Speaker Joseph Martin, Jr. IR-Mass."
Mrs. Grace L. H. Brosseau of Greenwich
Conn.; Mrs. Lee W. Hutton of Excels!"'
Minn., national president of the Ameriefl'
Legion Auxiliary; Mrs. Sally Cannon '
Washington, D. C, and Senator Arthur ¥«•'
denberg I R-Mich. I.
Compulson military service lak''
millions ol euir I,est young men out <j
productive jobs or away from advanc*
technical or industrial or scienti'1
training, or oul of colleges forciw
them tee waste' their time and lhe '■''
payers' money acquiring a little -t||j!
lering of military training which is'f
tally useless i,, defending the nation-'
NOT THE DEFENSE NEEDED
Iii short, no kind of compulsory '"
itarj sen ice can give us the defense '■'
need. Any kind, on lhe oilier ha"1,
waste's see much of our manpower •'"'
mi v thai we cannol afford adeqU**
defenses e,f the type lhal could prof
Finally, when these mililarv reset"!
reach such numbers that they and tb*
families constitute lhe largest voti'
hloc in lite nation, will Congress ret*
their pressures for more and I
veterans' benefits free hospitalizatio
free ledical care', pensions, |,ouii"''
government-subsidized housing, gov"
W e are plunging blindly into an 1
thai resembles the lw ilighl period '■
ancient Rome, when thc Roman l.,"1'
had become so powerful that the; '
manded special favors which cnip"
the public treasury, pauperized lhe I"
pie. and destroyed the nation.
which the Soviets justify their «fl
labor camps is the one' which we9,
using to justify the destruction of '"■'
thing that America stands for.
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FACTS FORUM NEWS, April, '"
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