[Editorial]

Lewiston Daily Sun/November 7, 1928

As Maine goes, so—

So she went.

Even more so.

As Maine goes, so goes the Union—apparently this time too

The outcome of the campaign seems even more certain than when the campaign began.

In the large view, the most important feature of the campaign is the large attention given to prohibition

The election of Hoover means that prohibition will get less attention at the White House, in Congress, and in the country, than Smith would have compelled.

Enforcement in the letter and spirit of the 18th Amendment and the Volstead law is less probably than at any time since the amendment was adopted.

What we have to look forward to, for a start, is a special session, with the proclaimed purpose to help the farmer.

To help him by increasing the tariff taxes on food for the rest of us.

But of course drifting into a general revision upward.

Increasing the taxes on our food, and also on our clothing, on our tools, our machinery, our building material, on our shops, on our transportation.

That is, another squeezing of the wage earner for the benefit of big capital.

With the one bright prospect that accumulated capital will insist on better opportunity for foreign investment and for large imports unnecessary thereto. As you recall that famous manifesto of the world bankers two years ago against the vexatious tariffs of the new states of Europe.

In the King’s Speech to Parliament there was reference cordial to the new Kellogg anti-war treaties. Cordial of course.

The biggest thing Hoover can do is to come out promptly with flat renunciation of the U.S. policy of equality with England in naval fighting power.

But not the least little bit of hope that Hoover will do any such thing.

The great news, if this were not the day after election would be the resignation of the French Ministry.

Poincare has done a great work in stabilizing the franc, and putting French finances on a sound basis.

For more than twenty years now Poincare has been at or near the head of responsible government in France.

He was president of France during the World War, and before the war he did much to get France ready, and to secure the friendship of Russia and England.

It seems improbable that so valuable a statesman, so masterly, will retire from resposible position permanently.

It is too early—too soon after the closing of the polls to trace out any indisputable connection between the breaking into the Solid South and the eruption of Mt. Etna.

It was in Etna that Zeus buried the monster Typhon, with his hundred dragons’ heads—after Zeus and his friends had given Typhon a good licking.

And under Etna is where Zeus’s blacksmith hammers out the thunderbolts that Zeus has to use in his business.

So that, if it is Typhon and Zeus’s blacksmith that have been vomited out into the Solid South, it seems fairly safe to predict that at any presidential election to come there may be—at least in the Solid South, de-solidified—may be, at least, the devil to pay.