Our country is much too tolerant
of evil. We wink at practices which fit its votaries for acts jeopardizing
the safety and peace of the innocent. We shield criminals too much
and thereby encourage the criminally disposed to commit crime. To
feed the ambition of covetous lawyers we give criminals not only
the benefit of doubt but the benefit of every devisable technicality
and stratagem to escape merited punishment. This encourages criminality,
giving hope of escape if caught. We allow societies to be formed
that have for their object the undermining of the principles on
which our government is founded. We tolerate public speech that
has the same end in view. Speakers and newspapers are allowed to
inflame the public mind, defame and malign public officers. Thereby
weak-minded and malicious people are taught contempt for authority.
Sensational newspapers spread abroad the poison of wickedness of
every kind, familiarizing readers with details of iniquity and educating
them for crime.
Anarchy, with barbaric hatred and
malice against all authority is suffered to germinate in the slums
and spread unchecked over our fair land. Humiliating the thought
that an obscure, contemptible specimen of humanity may suddenly
end the life of a most noble and pure-minded president, thereby
robbing a great nation of its honored head. But in this enlightened
country a dozen periodicals, with circulation aggregating forty
thousand copies, are allowed to disseminate seeds of discontent,
envy, malice and murder. These tolerated schools of iniquity prepared
Czolgosz for the most unprovoked, inexcusable, inhuman of crimes—fired
his brain and nerved his hand to murder one of the most patriotic
and public-spirited of presidents.
Now will we awake and do something
to stop the devilish work? If we tolerate criminal education are
we not responsible?