Texas Wesleyan Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 45, No. 11, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 18, 1970 Page: 2 of 6

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THE EDITORIAL PAGE OF
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An Independent Campus Newspaper;
Representing All, Obligated to None
Linda Thornton, Executive Editor
Dianne Davidson, Associate Editor
Dan VVhitsell, Advertising Director
Published each Wednescfairsrf >hr school year,
exccjtt holiday periods, students.
K "Ti jax Wesleyan College is an equal'opportunity educational
institution in all aspects of its operation."
FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76105
Isolationism Seen
As Dubious Course
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Today one hears the tries for the United St;rtes to with-
draw from international involvement and to strengthen "the
fortress at home." Such reactionaries are disregarding the
past and present, and are jeopardiiyjig the future of America
and the world, „
Isolationism is basically an American phenomenon. This Viewpoint
is due to the geographical location of the United States; with
two vast oceans on either side serving as a buffer between
this continent and the powers of Asia and Europe, the I. S. "
has had in the past the ability to easily disengage itself from the
affairs of the eastern hemisphere.
Historically, the United States has been for the most part
an isolationist nation. After this country's conception, no at-
tempt was made to become very active in international affairs.
The new nation needed all of its limited energy to solve the
pressing domestic1'problems that accompany the birth of a
nation. The w estern frontier served as an outlet for much of the
,\ nation's energy as the country grew, and gave America a sense
of self-sufficiency.
Not until the early twentieth century did the U. S. become
lively involved in world afaifrs. This was signalled by the
building of the Panama Canal and culminated in America's
involvement in World W ar I. Following the war, America, dis-
illusioned and disgusted with the horrors of battle, relapsed
into isolationism. This escape from realty overshadowed the
early atrocities of Hitler, and only the Japanese attack on
Pearl Harbor awakened the American puTilic and legislators to
the fact that her involvement was necessary to maintain free-
dom. «.
Today's isolationists feel that the United States is trying
to police the world and will eventually overextend itself. Viet
Nam is cited as an example of this overexpansion. Unfortunate-
ly.'some have overreacted to the quagmire of Indochina and
are urging the U.S. to disengage itself from all international
responsibility.
As so often happens, the neo-isolationists are looking for
short-sighted, immediate solutions and do not perceive the
long-range consequences. The Atlantic and Pacific no longer
provide security for the United States. Technology, especially
in the ar eas of communication and transportation, has shrunk
our globe so that we are all neighbors. Any one nation's actions
hasTan affect on all members of the world community.
Upon attaining world prominence the United States invol-
untarily gained the responsibility of maintaining global order.
If America shuns her responsibilitv to the world, the results
will be d isastrous. Looking only froiy the view point of Amer-
ica, isolationism woftld bring the possibility of encirclement
ot the United .States by hostile, hungry peoples.
hven more frightening is the affect uf American isolation-
ism, on the world. If the United States withdrew her influence
aiid power .from certain areas, the balance.of power would be
upset; A nation which had relied on the United Strifes fo?
security would have to look elsewhere for somethtfUfc^Uiat
would insure it, survival. The danger is that "1rCT rock'«?M
and there are several that are capable, will find this security
by developing their own limited nuclear force. Anytime mem-
bership in the nuclear club is increased, the possibility of nuclear
holocaust is also increased. Obviously this would affect the
United States.
I o protect itself, and insure world survival, America must
tfyrcise some control over the world situation. Perhaps the
I nited States tried to become too dominant in Viet Nam, but
it is unrealistic and dangerous to revert to isolationism. It
tailed following the First World War, and it can never succeed
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Dear Editor:
In regard to the letter of Nov.
11, 1970 submitted by Mr. Lane:
1. An effort was made to ob-
tain the names of the performers
in Badfinger and the instruments
they played. Not being able to
take notes in the dark, J relied
on frie press release on the group
supplied by. Apple Records, which
was, at best, inadequate, listing
only three performers and no
instruments. Having only three
hours to write a critical review,
(because of deadlines and mid-
terms), I did the best I could
using the information I was giv-
en. Had I had two weeks, as did
Mr. Lane, I could have checked
the details, but by that time it
wouldn't have been news. The
exact song titles were also vic-
tims of expediency, though I feel
that the idea of each song was
clearly related to the reader,
which is more important.
2. I made no mention of the
group's speech. I did write that
their patter, or ability to estab-
lish rapport with the audience,
was deficient. Undoubtably, one-
had to be attentive to under-
stand what the group was say-
ing because of an accentual dif-
ference, but what I was referring
to for the most part was the
speaker's habit of pulling away
from the mike in mid-sentence
so that the listener was left won-
dering what the group onstage
was laughing about. Whatever
the reason, I felt upon leaving
that I did not "know" the musi-
cians, or their music, any better
than ty?fore I had heard them
in person.
3. In magazines that contain
but the individual composer(s)
was not announced at the con-
cert. Because of these genera!
guidelines, -no mention • was made
of the fact th&t the group wrote
most of their own material.
4. Popularity does not repre-
sent quality. This is especially
true in the music world, where
an inane group like 'the Archies
can produce the best seller of
last year while such talented
groups as .Jethvro Tull, Illinois
Speed Press, and The Nice re-
main obscure to most.
5. I hope Badfinger is not too
upset with the review, especially
after Mr. Lane assured them that
it would be favorable. Mr. Lane
assumed not only that his opin-
ion was the popular one, which
it probably was, but that it was
the only one. Very assumptive
statement, Mr. Lane,
6. In closing I would like to
say that Badfinger was extr-.r. ■
ly good • for the price, and tea-
Mr. Lane. should be, commended
for obtaining them. However,
cost should not affect objectivism
in a critical review. A reviewer
does not compare a« group with
performers* i in the same pr::e
range, but with the total voiuir.
of exceptional music in any or.:
field. Perhaps Mr. Lane, in his
capacity of obtaining entertain-
ment for this campus, has taker,
the review a little too personally
It in no .way reflects the job he
has done. I wish Mr. Lane wouid
not have disregarded such
phrases in the review as "supr:=-
ingiy professional talents," "dis-
played •»-*«)\ musical virtuosity,
"the group . . . performed ad-
mirably," and "they combined
well."
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Applications Due For
Mid-West Model UN
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and concerts, such as "RoNing
Stone," certain procedures are
usually followed. One of these
is that it is assumed that all
songs performed were composed
by the performing artists unless
otherwise indicated, or unless
it is a well-known song. The ex-
ception to this rule is the song
that the reviewer feels is so fan-
tastic that its individual com-
poser t si should receive credit.
Oniy one of Badfinger's songs,
"We're for the DaVltf,'' qualifies,
Applications for persons wish-
ing to represent Texas Wesleyan
College at the Midwest Model
United Nations in St. Louis are
due in the Rambler office or in
Dean Watkins' office by Friday.
Nov. 27. The convention will oe
held from Feb. 24 through Feb.
27, and all TWC students are el-
igible.
"Texas Wesleyan has been
chosen • to* represent Norway,"
disclosed Bob Carter, who attend-
ed last year's convention. "Rep-
resentirig Norway will allow us
to be mor(j flexible in our ne-
gotiations with other nations
than last year when we were
New Zealand. We won't be as
tied down by military alliances,
yet will still be directly in%T)lved
in European politics. Texas Wes-
leyan has been well represented
in the past at the Model Unit-
ed Nations and hopefully we'll
continue with a good delegation
this year," stated Carter.
The Midwest Model United Na-
tions is held annually in St. Lou-
is and attempts to duplicate as
nearly as possible a function in-
General Assembly. A Security
Council also convenes at the Con-
ference. Each college or univer-
sity has a delegation of five peo-
ple which represents an individ-
ual nation. The delegation takes
the viewpoint of the country rep-
resented and must be well versed
in the nation's social, military,
geographical, and economic his-
tory and the current capabilities
in those fields.
Each delegation sends in res-
olutions on eight topics. The best
of these, which represents a wide
range of viewpoints, are then dis-
cussed in the General Assembly
Topics for this tenth session of
the Midwest Model United Na-
tions include the question of Chi-
nese representation, the situa-
tion in the Middle East. Indo-
china, Rhodesia, and Northern
Ireland, and the problems of
world ecology, the enforcement
of human rights, and the inter-
national control of military
eoods.
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