How to Protect Our Presidents
IT may not be true that William McKinley in the supreme
moment of his agony expressed a solicitude for the safeguarding
of the miscreant who assaulted him, but those who are familiar with
the character of the man cannot doubt that his serene soul was asking
that the law should be permitted to take its course.
THERE IS NO PUNISHMENT SO ADEQUATE
FOR SUCH A CRIME AS THE EXECRATION OF MANKIND. The fear of sudden
death has never yet deterred certain abnormal classes of criminals
from the execution of their diabolical purposes.
THE CALM, DELIBERATE, RESISTLESS ENFORCEMENT
OF THE LAW IS THE BEST PROTECTION THAT SOCIETY CAN HAVE.
To fall upon and exterminate the whole
viperous brood of anarchists now domiciled in the United States
would not crush out anarchy, but would rather give new madness and
inspire to more awful purposes the hordes of lawlessness throughout
LET VENGEANCE BE METED OUT AS SWIFTLY
AND TERRIBLY AS POSSIBLE, BUT LET IT BE THE VENGEANCE OF THE LAW.
The publication or utterance
of anarchistic sentiments, the inciting or counseling of murderous
and unlawful acts, should be prohibited under penalty of death,
imprisonment or banishment from the country, AS THE GRAVITY OF THE
CASE MIGHT DEMAND. In addition to this, we ueed [sic] more
drastic laws and a more rigid enforcement of existing laws against
the admission of all whose blood, whose birth, whose teachings,
whose practices, would degrade the social status of the country
or menace the integrity and perpetuity of free institutions.
The hope of the world must not be
disappointed through the powerlessness of the republic to protect
its officials and citizens in their lives, their homes, their liberties
and their property. Despots and monarchs can protect themselves
by armed legions, by arbitrary exercise of power, by suppression
of free publication and free speech and by the ruthless destruction
of even those who counsel together for the amelioration of most
IF OUR CIVILIZATION IS TO STAND, OUR
PRESIDENTS MUST BE SAFE IN THE MIDST OF THE COMMON PEOPLE. THEY
MUST BE SAFE THROUGH THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND NOT BY THE SUPPRESSION
OF LEGITIMATE PUBLIC DISCUSSION. THEY MUST BE SAFE THROUGH THE INFLEXIBLE
ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS WHICH THE PEOPLE MAKE FOR THEMSELVES.