Nixon Makes It Hot for Reds On Cold Night

Taken from Minonk News-Dispatch - 10/28/1948

Judge Fort Presides At G. O. P. Rally

Before a shivering group of probably 300 lined up against the walls and in the doorways on both sides of Fifth street, just west of the bank corner, Congressman Richard M. Nixon of California, on Saturday night, delivered a stir­ring address on Espionage in Gov­ernment. Less than a dozen per­sons availed themselves of the plank seats mounted on concrete blocks in the middle of the street and in front of the speaker's platform, which happened to be Ev­erett Seggerman's large truck.

Loud speakers placed at the bank corner carried the message to more than a thousand who cared to lis­ten and who were milling along main street and sitting in cars. The Pontiac Municipal band gave an hour's concert before the speaking began. Judge Arthur C. Fort in­troduced the county candidates: George Hunt for circuit clerk; Dr. I J. L. Hubbard for coroner and Ben C. Leiken for state's attorney. Rollie C. Carpenter and C. A. Bruer, members of the legislature, were then introduced and this was followed by Senator Simon E. Lantz who made a few short remarks.

Judge Fort then presented Con­gressman Leslie C. Arends who made a short speech in which he strongly endorsed Wayland Brooks for United States Senator and Dwight H. Green for governor. He went further and asked that the ciitzens vote the straight Repub­lican ticket and rid the country of all this New Deal and radical com­munistic tinge in government. He pointed out that the election of Dewey and, a Democratic senate, house and state administration would stalemate things so that nothing could be accomplished. He said the 80th Congress had ful­filled every pledge made to the people in the campaign of 1946 re­gardless of the fact that President Truman tried to block them repeat­edly with his vetoes. He then in­troduced Congressman Nixon, who had been accompanied here by Rob­ert King of St. Louis, Mo., formerly with the FBI at San Francisco, Calif.

Congressman Nixon is but 36 years old and is serving his first term in Congress, but is assured of re-election as he won both the Re­publican and Democratic nomina­tions in his district which lies on the east edge of Los Angeles. He is a fluent speaker, unafraid and ambitious. A veteran of World War II, he is an ardent advocate of the election of Dewey for pres­ident, Brooks for United States senator, and Dwight H. Green as governor. A house must not be div­ided against itself to function ef­fectively - that's why he wants a Congress and Republican state administration of the same party. He stated that the espionage hearings in Washington (and he is one of the members of the UnAmerican Activities committee) j have clearly established: 

1. That a well-organized group of communist government workers during and after the war turned over secret confidential government information to Russian es­pionage agents.

2. The individuals who were members of the various espionage rings in every case held important government posts and had access to highly secret and confidential data.

3. The information concerning the existence of these espionage activities has been in the hands of the president and other administration officials for over three years. During that three-year per­iod, there have been no prosecu­tions, however, of the individuals involved, there have been no re­commendations made to the Con­gress for new legislation which would make prosecutions of such individuals possible in the future, and the administration has in fact, acted only in such a way as to obstruct the committees in Congress in their efforts to expose these treasonable activities.

The record of the present admin­istration in failing to deal decisively with those engaged in com­munist espionage during the war, makes it clear that the only way we are going to get a thorough house cleaning of communist and fellow travelers in Washington is to elect a new administration. The present administration has too many communist skeletons in the executive closet to do an honest job in this field. The Republicans have never compromised with the communists and never accepted their support, and are not asking for it now, and as a result, will be able to wage an all-out offensive against the communists in govern­ment without fear of political consequences.