The Villainy of Anarchism
The American people
have now thrust upon them in all its horrible immensity the senseless
wickedness of Anarchism.
Heretofore, when some one of these
venomous reptiles has “removed” a foreign ruler, there has always
been the mitigating thought that there was possibly something in
the condition of the people, or the sins of the class which the
ruler represented, that might afford a shadow of justification for
the wicked act.
But there can be nowhere found the
slightest excuse, palliation or mitigation for the assault upon
President McKinley. Never in the history of the country has there
been a President so absolutely destitute of enemies of any kind.
Never has there been an Administration against which there is so
little opposition. Never has there been such an absence of partisan
feeling. Never has there been a time when everybody in the country
seemed so contented, prosperous and satisfied. Never have we had
a President more blameless in his public and private life.
That any one should attempt to murder
such a President, the freely accepted choice of the people, and
plunge the whole land into overwhelming grief, shows a wanton and
desperate wickedness that passeth the comprehension.
It forces into the American understanding,
as nothing else could do, the absolutely senseless and merciless
wickedness of Anarchism. It shows that there are men in the world
as venomous and heartless as rattlesnakes, who have no more realization
of life and what it means than the most malignant serpent that lurks
in hiding solely for the purpose of killing. Their so-called “principles”
are merely flimsy pretexts to justify the gratification of their
murderous instincts. In no possible way can any good come to any
one by these murders, no cause is advanced, no oppression mitigated,
no idea upheld. On the other hand, the cause of true liberty is
greatly endangered by the repressive measures likely to follow.
In our zealous adherence to our ideals
of liberty we have allowed nests of these vipers to exist in our
country. We have allowed them to go on preaching murder and destruction,
from the stump and through the press. We have allowed them to more
or less openly exult over the cold-blooded assassination of the
rulers of other countries and to heroize the brutal assassins. Even
when the inoffensive old Empress of Austria was brutally murdered,
we did not repress their vicious acclamations.
Now that the foul teachings of Anarchy
have been brought directly home to us by the unspeakable wickedness
of the deed at Buffalo, there will be a tremendous revulsion of
public feeling, which will hereafter make the country too hot to
hold these propagandists of murder. The liberty of speech does not
imply that a man shall be allowed to preach murder, any more than
he is allowed to preach arson, burglary, highway robbery, or rape.
Without any more laws, public opinion will demand the extirpation
of these nests of assassins, as it would nests of robbers, burglars
or highwaymen. It is one of the occasions when lynch law becomes
right, when the aroused public vengeance should have full sway,
unfettered by legal impediments, and any proclaimed Anarchist have
no further grace than the time to take him to the nearest tree.
We cannot have our country polluted
by the presence of these venomous vermin.