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It is a real pleasure to be with my friends in Ka1.is-pell
and particularly t.ith wy brothers in the organized labor movellient.
I still recall \ ith pleasure my contacts ith you last spring
and summer ana, more important, the friendships made on those
occasions . - Seeing you meeting like this - with the right to organize
and freely assemble - makes me realize the privilege of living
in a democracy such as ours . That ' s what \e have fought for
in the past; that ' s ':'hat v. e ~ill continue to fight for in the
future . To us labor and tiernocracy are synonymous because
organi~ed labor has been the driving force behind almost every
\,ort.hwhile advance in this country . As a teacner I can say
truthfully that nobody can claim a greater degree of credit for
estcblishing our present public school system than can labor.
Labor v.as also the driving force behind the v,oman suffrage
movement, and it was also responsible for the 17th amendment to
the Constitution ~hich gave the people the right to vote for
their senators and took away the privilege of appointing them
from the state legislatures .
Labor has accomplished all this and nuch more and that is ,.·hy
I repeat that labor and democracy are synonymous . Democracy means
the rule of the people, not the rule of a single inaivi~ual or a
~ relctivel} fe, . Of course democracy is not perfect; but contrast
this country of ours with other countries in the -orlc today , and
you will agree, I am sure , that despite our present difficulties
ee are infinitely better off than are the totalitarian states.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 51, Folder 4, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
Nothing i~ perfect, nothing ever ¥ill be perfect; but
as long as man lives he wi ll continue to ptrive for perfection.
It is the goal to\',ard whieh all our energies are airected and
through a process of education and cooperati on ve \ill keep
'r'.Or king tov,ard that end.
In this ~t for p~·on ~e have used the mechanism of
organizing labor for the purpose of accomplishing the greatest
good for the gr eatest number . We are going to succeed in our
efforts but only through evoluti onary methods and not through
r evolutionary ones . et.n he't:leo - t fie house
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