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VOL. 1 DECEMBER, 1935 No. 5 WASHINGTON MEETING The League's National Executive Committee, Its National Lawyers Committee and Its National Advisory Council will meet in Washington at the Mayflower Hotel on January 25. Joint sessions of the Executive Committee and the Advisory Council during the day will be devoted to consideration of plans for League activities during the coming year and to a review of progress made since the last joint session at Chicago in June. The climax of the meeting will be a public dinner to be addressed by speakers of national prominence. Details concerning the dinner will be communicated to members in the near future as soon as arrangements have been completed. At least part of the dinner program will be broadcast over a nation-wide radio hookup. THE FUTURE As this issue of the Bulletin goes to press, the New Deal is on trial on several counts before the Supreme Court of the United States. Probably within the next few weeks there will be decisions determining the life or death of important elements in the vast socialistic structure which has been reared within the past three years. Other test cases involving other important issues are in prospect. If the Supreme Court should declare Invalid several of the New Deal laws now on trial, the coming session of Congress will be confronted with the test of formulating policies in view of those decisions. This will be a task of tremendous Importance. The question Involved will be whether the nation shall return to adherence to those fundamental principles under which it has grown great, or whether it is to be subjected to the harrassment of further ill-advised and unconstitutional experiments. From many sources come impressive indications that the people are disgusted with the play-boy trifling with basic principles under which they have suffered in recent years. On the other hand, the encouragement which New Deal visionaries have given to more radical elements has unloosed forces which must not be disregarded. In the situation outlined, it is important that the American Liberty League shall be active and effective in the advocacy of the principles which called it into being. During the coming months the League will have the greatest opportunity thus far presented to demonstrate its value to the American people. NATIONAL LAWYERS COMMITTEE The League's National Lawyers therein expressed the opinion that plainly unconstitutional. Committee made the Bituminous its second report Coal Conservation on December 9 and Act of 1935 is ï»¿Summary of the Committee's opinion: "(1) The Act Is unconstitutional in that it undertakes to regulate activities which are essentially and inherently local in character, and which cannot be brought within the federal power by congressional declaration that they 'directly affect' interstate commerce. "(2) The Act is unconstitutional in that it capriciously and arbitrarily infringes upon the Individual liberties of producers and employees. "(3) The Act is not rendered constitutional by a pretended exercise of the taxing power through the assessment of that which is not, in fact, a tax, but a coercive penalty. "(4) The Act is not rendered constitutional by congressional declaration that the industry is 'affected with a national public interest,' and that 'the general welfare of the nation' requires such regulation." CONCERNING FREE SPEECH Excerpt from a letter to the League's National Lawyers Committee by Hiram J. Archer, Director, Department of Research and Review, Suffolk Law School, Boston: "When government lawyers whose salaries are paid from our taxes assail the right of the Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of the laws they frame and propagandize with government funds and facilities, and deny that the lawyer who Is not feeding from the public crib has even the right to question the constitutionality of those laws, it seems indeed imperative that American lawyers unite in zealous discharge of the public trust their profession entails â€” to awaken and instruct the people in the essentials of American free institutions and the tendencies of laws proposed by lawyers on the public payroll to remake those institutions. "Surely, lawyers will not long enjoy the freedom and opportunities for influential public service that are the heritage of the American Bar if they are not vigilant and fearless in the face of the present manifest attempt in government, university, and even the public school, to undermine our 'horse and buggy' institutions, to throw Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill, George Washington and John Marshall into the ashcan, and mold our institutions into a weird pattern of irresponsible largess and social regimentation modeled upon the Prodigal Son, Karl Marx, and the super-planner, Stalin." INFLATION "INFLATION IS BAD BUSINESS" (Doc. No. 77), radio address by Dr. Nell Carothers, Director, College of Business Administration, Lehigh University, and member National Advisory Council of the American Liberty League. Excerpts: "Our government is, roughly, spending $230 for every second of every minute of every hour of every day and every night. It has been doing this for two years. But it is taking In less than $130 per second. It Is borrowing at the rate of $100 a second. The government will spend about $207,000 while I am talking to you these few minutes.............. "Some very able men believe that a vast Inflation Is now unavoidable, that we are caught in the current and bound to go over the dam. Speaking here for myself ï»¿alone, I do not believe It. I do not yet believe that we are doomed to any disastrous inflation. But we are moving in that direction." "OUR GROWING NATIONAL DEBT AND INFLATION" (Doc. No. 76), radio address by Dr. E. W. Kemmerer, Professor of International Finance, Princeton University, and member of the League's National Advisory Council. Excerpts: "The resort of a nation to financing by inflation has often been compared to the resort of an individual to opium smoking. The first sensations are pleasant, but the more one takes the more he wants. The appetite grows by what It feeds upon, and the more one indulges, the weaker become his powers of resistance............. "Social security is no more secure than the value of the dollar In which Its benefits are payable." THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE "THE REAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE" (Doc. No. 82), speech by R. E. Desvernine, Chairman of the League's National Lawyers Committee. Excerpts: "I have pointed out that the vital principle of our constitutional government is the fact that our Constitution is a solemn compact or contract between the government and the people, reserving to the people certain sacred Inalienable rights and granting the government certain limited powers to provide the means for the full enjoyment of those rights consonant with the general welfare............ " The conduct of those presently executing this contract on the one part discloses, as I confidently believe and have tried to illustrate, that the one partyâ€” the governmentâ€”either does not understand the letter and spirit of their contract, or, understanding it, does not intend to respect It, or purposes to modify It without the express consent of the other partyâ€”the peopleâ€”or In fact without even telling them. That is the real significance of the constitutional issue." LEAGUE PAMPHLETS WORK RELIEF (Doc No. 78): This pamphlet constitutes a record of the tragic failure of the most costly governmental experiment In all historyâ€”the experiment launched when a complaisant Congress abdicated Its proper legislative functions and gave the President of the United States a check for $4,880,000,000 to spend as he pleased. Promises made at that time are contrasted with performances to date. It is pointed out that the administration has not even scratched the surface of the unemployment problem and when present funds are exhausted there will probably be recurring demands for more billions. It is pointed out that the administration has either repudiated or forgotten the seven basic principles which the President announced would govern the expenditure of this unprecedented appropriation. It Is pointed out that this vast fund is susceptible of misuse as a political campaign war chest and that there are numerous evidences that politics have entered Into the expenditure of the money. A section devoted to boondoggling contains an illuminating partial list of some of the projects into which the taxpayer's money is being poured, such as a survey of occupancy of hotel and rooming houses In Cleveland and a study of folk arts In New York City. ï»¿As an alternative to the present futile and dangerous program, the pamphlet suggests that: "At the earliest possible moment the problem of relief must be shifted back to the states, counties, municipalities and private agencies where it belongs under our form of government. When it is clearly demonstrated that the resources of a state are exhausted the Federal Government might properly loan Its funds to carry on the work. Meanwhile the administration should adopt a direct relief policy which will be administered both economically and wisely so as not to encourage either Idleness or dependence upon public charity." THE AAA AND OUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT (Doc. No. 80): This study of the New Deal's agricultural program reaches the conclusion that "existing regimentation of the farmers of the United States constitutes a definite challenge to the American form of government." There is an exhaustive analysis of the conditions upon which the foregoing conclusion is based. ALTERNATIVES TO THE AMERICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT (Doc. No. 81): In this document the League cites the results of dictatorships in Russia, Italy and Germany as object lessons meriting the attention of the American people. With respect to Communism, Fascism and National Socialism, the League declares that: "The theories underlying each have something in common with the regimentation of Industry and agriculture which has been attempted in the United States. As extreme examples of dictatorships, the governments of the three European countries show what might be the ultimate result If steps already taken In the United States are pursued to their logical end." TYPICAL COMMENT BRISTOL (CONN.) PRESS, December 2, 1935:- "The detestable and revolutionary Potato Control Act having gone into effect the people of this country face a condition far more serious and threatening than they seem to realize. It is the perfect flower of bureaucracy and an interference with personal rights and liberties that makes a farce of constitutional guarantees if it prevails. It is as the Liberty League says, 'A definite challenge to the American form of government.' Furthermore, the League declares, 'It is a vicious combination of Fascism, Socialism and Communism, one that undermines basic principles of democratic government.' This is not a bit too strong." CHEYENNE (WYO.) STATE TRIBUNE, November 30, 19 35:- "MAYBE BARNUM WAS RIGHT" "About the public liking to be humbugged. "The American Liberty League rings the bell loud and long on the Brain Trusters in a new pamphlet just issued. The work relief program is referred to as the mosc tragic failure of the most costly governmental experiment in all world history. "Not very complimentary, Is It? "The truth Isn't, at times." (Copies of League documents mentioned herein are available upon request to the League' national headquarters. Individual copies will be supplied to non-members of the League at at price of 5^ per copy.)