April 24, 1919

 

Greetings.
   IN re-entering the field of journalism I do so because it affords the greatest opportunity for service to the people of Mississippi and American.
   My interest in their welfare has not been diminished in the least by my retirement from public office.
   There is not a root of land the dear old State of Mississippi that I do not love, or a human being within the confine of the commonwealth but who has a legitimate claim upon my heart. To serve them is the highest aim ambition and end of my life.
   The people of Mississippi have been good to me beyond my deserts. They have given me every political office within their gift that I would in return I have endeavored to serve them as they deserve to be served. Every official act of my life has been performed with an eye single to their interest. If I have ever violated a political promise or varied in any way from the Democratic platform; if I have gone counter to the history, traditions and purposes of the Democratic Party as interpreted by Thos. Jefferson I cannot now recall it. However. I am willing to leave that to the verdict of the impartial, honest historian.
   The is no pleasure or satisfaction in public office holding, save that which comes from the consciousness of having done your duty.

      "There is a destiny that makes us brothers.
      None goes his way alone.
      All that we send into the lives of others,
      Comes back into our own."

Honor is not in holding the office, but rather in the way the functions of the office are performed.
   Vardaman's Weekly shall be dedicated to the service of the people of Mississippi and America. Through its columns I shall endeavor to publish the facts and teach the truth touching all social, economic and political questions.
   The truth shall be published regardless of who it affects. I have no friends to reward or enemies to punish at the expense of the public.
   It shall be my highest endeavor to arouse particularly the people of Mississippi to the importance of doing their own thinking, speaking their honest thoughts and then making their ballots register a patriotic freeman's will.

       I honor the man who is willing to sink


       Half his present repute for the freedom to think.
         And after he has thought, be his cause strong or weak,
         Will sink t'other half for the privilege to speak."

   I find on returning to Mississippi that there is a purpose under cover on the part of certain politicians to repeal the primary election law and make other changes in our political machinery which, if, done, will abridge the right of the people to rule.
   That purpose should be defeated at once -- the scheme should be killed as a deadly enemy to free government.
   If there ever was a time in the history of this commonwealth when men should think independently, speak candidly, act courageousIy, now is the time.
   The agents of predatory wealth were never so active, unscrupulous and reckless in the use of power as they are today. More than thirty thousand millionaires have been added to the list of plutocratic government wreckers in the United States in the last four years.
   It is alarming, when we realize the fact that less than two per cent of the people of this country own seventy percent of its wealth, while seventy percent of the population own less than five per cent of its wealth.
   That condition cannot exist contemporancously in the same country with free institutions. It will inevitably bring about industrial vassalage.
   I hope my friends may help me to put the Weekly in the home of all the reading people of this state. It is not necessary that you should agree with me in order to read this paper. The purpose of the paper is to help you to find the truth which I hope may lead you aright, always in the performance of the duties of citizenship.
   The white people of Mississippi must work together to save the State from the hands of those who would use public office for private gain and personal aggrandizement. In the future, as in the past, I shall follow the lead of the splendid writer who said:

      "Thou who wouldst serve thy country and thy kind
      Winning the praise of honorable men
      And love of man; hearts,-- know tile true proof
      Of faithfulness lies not therein. That dwells
      In the lone consciousness of duty done.
      And in the scorn and contumely of souls
      Self-soiled with sin; the necessary hate
      Of perjured and contaminated spirits
      For that whose mere existence brings reproach,
      Shame and despair for something last forever
      When thou hast won the hatred of the vile
      Then know thou hast served well thy fellowmen."

-----------------:O:-----------------

 

Original Article