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VOL. 1 FEBRUARY 15,1936 No. 7 THE FOG DISPELLED The problem of dispelling the fog over Washington â€” which has been a matter of concern to apologists for the New Deal â€” was solved on January 25th. The address of former Governor Alfred E. Smith at the. Liberty League dinner provided the solution. As a result of Governor Smith's speech, the nation is no longer in doubt as to the Issue confronting it â€” a choice between government by a centralized, Irresponsible, visionary and extravagant bureaucracy or by the orderly and constitutional processes under the protection of which the United States has prospered far beyond any other nation In the history of the world. The League meeting and the addresses delivered by Governor Smith and others served to focus national attention upon the principles for which the American Liberty League has been contending since its organization. Now that the issue has been clarified, the verdict of the people may be awaited with confidence â€” provided those who believe in government by law, administrated by men conscious of the meaning of an oath of office, are not again caught napping. Since the January 25th meeting, national headquarters of the League have been all but swamped by expressions of approbation, applications for membership and substantial contributions from those anxious to assist in the work the League has undertaken. Editorial reaction has been overwhelmingly favorable to the League. Such disagreement as there has been has come almost exclusively from those tied to the New Deal by political self-interest and willing to put patronage favors or subsidies from the public treasury ahead of patriotism. The most convincing evidence of the public reaction against the New Deal stimulated by the League meeting, and particularly by Governor Smith's speech, has been supplied by the New Deal itself. No answer worthy of the name has been even offered. Senator Robinson of Arkansas, Roosevelt leader of the Senate, read a scolding reply over the radio In such a halting manner as to suggest that either his heart was not in the job or he was unfamiliar with the manuscript. Democratic National Chairman Farley, recuperating in Florida from the exertion incident to the $50 a plate Jackson Day dinner â€” with the $45 dollar a plate rake-off to his campaign fund â€” addressed another dinner at $10 a plate and took occasion to criticize the League because it had presumed to call upon the administration to remember the oaths of office taken by public officials. That was about all of the attempted answer by the New Deal. There was not so much as an attempt at a reply from the one man in the United States who more than any other should be interested in making an adequate reply, if that be possible. ï»¿THE ISSUE IS JOINED. The fog Is dispelled. Let the issue not be obscured again this year by the fog of New Deal radio crooning or the miasma of public money prostituted to partisan ends. "THE MORE ABUNDANT LIFE" "St. Paul, Jan. 8 â€” (AP) â€” Curing a 22-year-old St. Paul girl of using baby talk, M. H. Alexander, director of a WPA speech correction class with 66 students, said she told him her parents encouraged her to talk that way and it became a habit. 'She presents the most difficult case of the class,' he said." â€” As reproduced in the "New Era," Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, January 8, 19 56. "Municipal improvements involving expenditures of $400,000 were undertaken by the city in co-operation with the FERA and the WPA during 19 35, Roy Beard, WPA supervisor for the city, said yesterday in his annual report. The projects provided work relief for 1,800 to 2,000 men during the year. CHIEF AMONG THEM WAS THE $65,000 MONKEY HOUSE AT FAIR PARK, NEARING COMPLETION, AND A $30,000 ANIMAL HOUSE, COMPLETED SEVERAL MONTHS AGO." â€” From the "Arkansas Gazette," Little Rock, Arkansas, January 11, 1936. LEAGUE LITERATURE ADDRESSES: "The Facts In the Case" - Speech by Alfred E. Smith at American Liberty League Dinner, Washington, D. C, January 25, (Doc. No. 97) EXCERPTS: "We don't want any autocrats, either In or out of office; we wouldn't even take a good one ............ "Now, what would I have my party do? I would have them re-establish and redeclare the principles that they put forth In that 1932 platform ............ "Millions and millions of Democrats Just like myself, all over the country, still believe in that platform, and what we want to know Is why it wasn't carried out. And listen, there is only one man in the United States of America that can answer that question. It won't do to pass it down to an undersecretary ............ "This country was organized on the principles of a representative democracy, and you can't mix socialism or communism with that. They are like oil and water. They refuse to mix. And, incidentally, let me say to you, that Is the reason why the United States Supreme Court Is working overtime throwing the alphabet out the window three letters at a time." "The Redistribution of Power" - Speech by John W. Davis, Member National Executive Committee of the American Liberty League, before the New York State Bar Association, New York City, January 24, (Doc. No. 93) EXCERPTS: "I know it has been said that the hungry cannot eat the Constitution and that It Is useless to speak of liberty to those who are starving. But, if liberty cannot be eaten, without It all bread Is bitter. Ask any Jew In Germany, any Kulak in Russia, any ï»¿liberal In Italy, if he holds a different view............. "I do not believe that the American people, once they understand the issue, can be bribed or wheedled or frightened into giving over their individual lives into the care and keeping of other men. To more despondent souls, prematurely despondent as I think, I can but offer the advice given by a philosophic father to a friend of mine as the young man left home to make his way in the world. 'My son,' said he, 'when things go wrong, don't go with them.'" "The President Has Made the Issue" - Speech by Charles I. Dawson, Louisville, Kentucky, Chairman Kentucky Division of the American Liberty League, at League dinner, Washington, January 25, (Doc. No. 9 5) EXCERPTS: "Usurpation and perversion of the Constitution by judicial construction is the plan of the present Administration â€” not orderly amendment â€” and It is this fact which makes the coming election, In my judgment, the most momentous in the history of the Republic.......It will take the combined courage and resourcefulness of a united opposition to overcome the entrenched New Deal, but it can and must be done." "Time to Stop" - Speech by Dr. Neil Carothers, Director, College of Business Administration, Lehigh University, and member, National Advisory Council of the American Liberty League, at League Dinner, Washington, D. C, January 25, (Doc No. 94) EXCERPTS: "For three years we have had government by experiment, the nation's economic life at the mercy of a motley crew of ever shifting, Itinerant advisers, whose movements resemble those of people going through a hotel revolving-door............. Three years is enough for the American people ......... Fundamentally the American people realize that a promise is something to be kept, that a contract is something to be fulfilled, that an obligation is something to be honored." "Americanism at the Crossroads" - Speech by Raoul E. Desvernine, Chairman, National Lawyers Committee of the American Liberty League, before the Republican Round Table Luncheon at the Hamilton Republican Club, Chicago, Illinois, January 15, (Doc. No. 88) EXCERPTS: "The entire philosophy of the 'new chapter' in our political history is put into a most descriptive sentence. 'We have returned the control of the Federal Government to the City of Washington.' Heretofore, the control of the Federal Government resided in the forty-eight sovereign States and the people- .......... "Yes, the challenge will be met, is being met...... Why not go to the people? Are the people not the ultimate sovereigns? Why not define the issue? State the text of your proposed amendment!" "The American Constitution - Whose Heritage?" - Speech by Frederick H. Stinchfield, member National Advisory Council and National Lawyers Committee of the American Liberty League, before the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Utah State Bar Association, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 18, (Doc. No. 90) EXCERPTS: "We have been threatened for nearly three years now with revolution when we have been asked to yield to the laws which our Supreme Court has courageously said violate the Constitution.....For my part, I wish you would accept the challenge. I'd take joy in a battle between the thrifty and the improvident'." ï»¿"The American Form of Government â€” Let us Preserve It" - Speech by Albert Câ€¢ Ritchie, former Governor of Maryland, before the Ohio State Bar Association, January 18, (Doc. No. 92) EXCERPTS: "In the beginning, the controversial measures of the New Deal were declared to be emergency measures only, experimental in their nature. The people as a whole accepted them as such......And now the country is being asked to accept the New Deal, not as a temporary and curative thing any longer, but as the permanent and all-time policy of the American Government." "The Constitution and the New Deal" - Speech by James M. Carson, Miami, Florida, before the Birmingham Forum, Birmingham, Alabama, (Doc. No. 89) EXCERPTS: "Last May the idea was that the Supreme Court ought not to pass on the Constitution. Last May the idea was that we were not bound by the Constitution. Now, when they see the American people don't like that line, they are changing their line, and saying the Constitution ought to be amended...... The Constitution is a contract be- tween the people and the Government, and those officers of the Government who undertake to exercise powers not granted to them are violating not only their contract with the people, but the oaths by virtue of which they hold their offices." PAMPHLETS: "Professors and the New Deal" - ( Doc. No. 91) A compendium of quotations demonstrating that a great majority of the nation's educators believe in sound principles of economics and constitutional theories of government. "Wealth and Income" - (Doc. No. 98) A factual analysis of a situation frequently obscured by misinformation and attempts to arouse class prejudices. "Seventeen Months of the American Liberty League" - (Doc. No. 96) Report of Jouett Shouse, President of the League, to the joint session of the Executive Committee and National Advisory Council, presented at Washington, D. C, January 25th. THE TOWNSEND NIGHTMARE The second of the League's series of four page leaflets is now ready for distribution. It deals with the fantastic Townsend Plan and shows how the average worker would have his annual income reduced to $596 a year in order to provide Townsend beneficiaries with $2,400 per year â€” or $4,800 If there were two beneficiaries in the same family. It also shows how the average wage-earner would spend approximately one-fourth of his working time to support the Townsend pensioners. Members of the League can render a valuable service by distributing these leaflets widely among their friends and acquaintances. Advise national headquarters how many you are willing to distribute and they will be supplied. (Copies of League documents mentioned herein are available upon request to the League's national headquarters. Individual copies will be supplied to non-members of the League at a price of 5f6 per copy.)