CHICAGO MAYOR CONDEMNS "MODERN JINGOISM", FAVORS ADVICE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) Mayor William Hale Thompson* said 100 years ago today, July 21, 1917, that he "hated to see Americans sent to the trenches of Europe" and that the United States should be more concerned about preparing against invasion.
The Mayor said..,
"I...refer you to the teachings of George Washington, who advised that this country keep out of European entanglements."
The Mayor added that he while he didn't know if Abraham Lincoln expressed a similar view, he did know that Mr. Lincoln was "looking to the great beyond and for the preservation of the nation."
William Hale Thompson continued...
"I think this is sound logic for the nation instead of modern jingoism."
A reporter asked....
"Do you want to see this country win the war?"
The Mayor responded...
"I do not want to see the United States defeated in anything."
In his comments, the Mayor said that the United States was one of the youngest republics in the world. The CDT corrected the Mayor by writing that the U.S. in 1917 at 111 years was actually one of the oldest of the world's republics.
*William Hale "Big Bill" Thompson (1869-1944) was born in Boston but raised in Chicago. He served as mayor of the city 1915-1923 & 1927-1931. WHT was the last Republican to serve as mayor of the Windy City. He gained national attention for his neutral attitude toward WW I.
"The Mayor Again Drafts Lincoln and Washington", The Chicago Daily Tribune, July 22, 1917.