July 20, 1922

 

Vardaman Friend of Human
                  Rights and Foe of Injustice

Strong Tribute Paid to Mississippian by National Committee of
the Conference For Progressive Political Action-Urges
His Support at Primaries in August

    The following  is taken from the columns of LABOR (July 15, 1922), a weekly newspaper published in Washington, D.C. This paper is the National Organ of organized labor, and its purpose is to advocate measures of interest to all the people, and especially the interest of the workers of the nation. This statement is prepared by men who knew Senator Vardaman when he was in the Senate, and who know by observation the work that he did while a member of that body.-(EDITOR'S NOTE.)

   THE national committee of the Conference for Progressive Political Action, organized under the auspices of the chief executives of the sixteen associated railroad labor organizations, has issued the following statement concerning former Senator James K. Vardaman, who is a candidate for United States Senator, subject to the primaries which will be held throughout Mississippi on Tuesday, August 15:
   "The great outstanding issue in Mississippi this year is the selection of a man to represent the state in the United State Senate, and, in view of the fact that James K. Vardaman, who formerly represented the state, is a candidate, it is essential that attention be called to the very remarkable service he rendered the people during his incumbency in the United States Senate.
   "A searching examination of the Congressional Record reveals the fact that former Senator Vardaman was one of the most active and one of the most distinguished representatives of the people who ever occupied a seat in the upper house of Congress. Unlike many men elected to the Senate, James K. Vardaman was always approachable and easy to find, even during rush moments at the close of sessions when the calendars were congested and when everybody was troubled with what we sometimes call 'legislative rattles.'

                                  Possesses Marvelous Powers of Leadership
   "No colorless, cold blooded, statistical voting record could ever describe his practical sympathy and patience. He displayed wonderful constructive ability when problems requiring great legal knowledge were under discussion, and during trying moments when Senators on both sides of the chamber seemed mentally helpless, when they would become pitifully confused in parliamentary tangles, then the superior power of leadership possessed by Vardaman would be revealed in all its marvelous strength.
   "James K. Vardaman never failed to champion humanitarian legislation. In committees and on the floor of the Senate his voice was always heard  and his vote was always cast in favor of legislation helpful to the people of our country. He was particularly active when great questions affecting the fundamental issues of liberty, justice, and progress were under consideration, especially when corporation interests undertook to obtain legislation that would have enslaved railroad employes, mine workers, and seamen.
   "He voted against making the labor of farmers and wage workers a commodity when the antitrust bills were before the Senate. He voted for justice for the persecuted coal miners of West Virginia. He was one of the great leaders in the Senate who took the chains of servitude from the seamen.


                                       Supported Measures to Safeguard Life and Limb
"He argued and voted for every piece of human safety legislation proposed during his term--safety at sea, safety on the railroads, safety in government workshops, and safety everywhere. On the civil rights bill for soldiers and sailors, for the industrial and political rights of federal employes, for protection to the child in every particular, and on every occasion where the best interests of humanity were at stake, there James K. Vardaman could be found at the front advocating the rights of toiling humanity.
"For the child and the teacher in the school, the mother in the home, for he producers on the farms, for the wage workers-in the  shops, factories, mines, on the railroads -and on vessels afloat, Vardaman was the outspoken progressive, constructive legislator.
   "One of the greatest tributes ever given Vardaman was expressed by a legislative agent representing teachers, children, and women workers when he said: 'Jim Vardaman is no rubber stamp.' He stands upon his own rights and the rights of the common people. You never see Vardaman jump when the agents of the Morgan banking interests crack their whips in the United States Senate'."

 

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