Can we afford to lose Indochina to the Communists?
That is the grave question facing our government officials, Doris Fleeson told her audience at the Theta Sigma Phi breakfast yesterday.
Some 130 guests at the Third Annual Matrix table of the women's honorary journalism fraternity met at the Saxony Hotel for a "Southern Breakfast" to hear the Washington correspondent speak. Her topic, "Some Political Realities of the Hydrogen Era," was full of epigrams, predictions and anxieties
(subhead) Sees Democratic Victory
"Because of the recession, fear of war in Indochina, feelings of fear and frustration about the H-bomb, the fall elections may see more Democrats in Congress," she predicted.
Ike's failure to lead his party, leaving politics to the politicians, is his one major weakness, the audience was told. She said divided party policy, particularly on foreign and economic affairs, has seen officials "playing by ear" instead of following the party line.
Comparing Eisenhower's press conferences to Truman's, she said, "Truman talked in headlines -- Ike talks like a New York Times story."
On the H-bomb situation, the entertaining speaker added, "This is no five-inch firecracker we've lit under a tin can," and reminded her audience that Russia can produce fission and bombs, too.
(subhead) Dislikes McCarthyism
How are we going to livei n the world with this thermonuclear device? By seeking peace through negotiations and diplomacy were tactics she outlined." We must come to terms with its power," she said.
Venting indignant wrath on McCarthyism, Miss Fleeson explained it as exploitation of the nation's insecurity, fears and disillusionment. "Our motto is Not E. Pluribus Uniformity," were her words. She advocated talking politics a mile a minute, and arguing among ourselves to make this country more strong in this period of recession.
"Recession," she quipped, "is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours." (reported by Joan Nielsen to the Miami Daily News.)