Source: St. Louis Republic
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Against Anarchy”
City of publication: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of publication: 2 December 1901
Volume number: 94
Issue number: 155
|“Against Anarchy.” St. Louis Republic 2 Dec. 1901 v94n155: p. .|
|George Graham Vest; anarchism (government response); anarchism (laws against).|
|Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley; George Graham Vest.|
Senator Vest of Missouri will occupy
a position of especial distinction in offering a resolution calling upon the
Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate to furnish all laws known
in this country on the subject of anarchy as a basis for new legislation against
that dangerous creed.
The assassination of President McKinley by the anarchist Czolgosz made imperative the enactment of stringent laws for the suppression of anarchy. Until that tragical moment the national and State governments had done little to prohibit or even restrict the spread of this cult of murder and chaos. The laws now in effect are not adequate. They must be supplemented by legislation which faces the truth that anarchy must be crushed as a teaching aimed to overthrow all law and government.
The Missouri Senator believes that the problem of the extermination of anarchy can be solved only by means of a constitutional amendment. The punishment of anarchists who teach the doctrine of assassination must be made certain and sufficient. The penalty for the attempted assassination of representatives of established order must be so fixed that such criminals will thereafter stand as potent warning to others of their kind. There can be no trifling with anarchists hereafter in this country. The assassination of President McKinley drew the dead-line against these murderous conspirators.
Senator Vest will, in this instance, lead a movement in which there will be no question of party to divide the Senate vote. There should be a unanimous support of the anti-anarchy legislation finally decided upon. If necessary, the Constitution should be amended to meet the demands of the situation. Effective laws against anarchy must be enacted.