Today’s (P)regressives with their
determination to stifle any opposing views have much in common with those
living during the “Great War”.
Part of my reading is articles from 100
year old newspapers gathered by various historians. Some examples.
To make sure there is no hoarding of essential
food, all citizens having in their possession more than 100 pounds of wheat
flour and/or sugar are required to send a report to the Federal Food
Administrator in Sheridan.
John Hammergreen, a Swede
claiming to be a personal friend of the kaiser, is in jail at Sheridan and his
new gun with which he drunkenly intended “to kill himself a policeman” has been
John Miller, who declared his love and loyalty to the kaiser while
at a store in Cody, is in jail for 63 days—an extended sentence after he
refused to pay his fine.
Two foreigners who refused to subscribe to the Liberty
Loan drive “because they would be hanged for it when they return to the old
country,” were tarred and feathered by the patriotic citizens of Frontier.
200 coal miners at Gebo, 90% of them foreign-born, have entered into an
agreement to pay 2% of their wages to the Red Cross and other patriotic
organizations. No man is permitted to work at the camp if he does not own a
A Bulgarian coal miner
working in Erie disparaged the Red Cross to his fellow miners, and they
stripped him, painted him yellow and rolled him in straw, which stuck to his
body. He was then left at his home. He was not a bad sport about it, made no
outcry and said he'd purchased a Red Cross Liberty Bond.
This is a small sampling.
The entry into WWI lead to near mob rule
and government agencies blowing by constitutional rights, all with the enthusiastic
approval of the MSM of the times, the newspapers.
If it not for the internet
being an unfettered place for opposing views and a means to mobilize resistance,
would the same not be true today?