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"Bulletin Of The American Liberty League", Vol. 1 No. 9, April 15, 1936. American Liberty League. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky kukm59m61_b_0009 These pages may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. "Bulletin Of The American Liberty League", Vol. 1 No. 9, April 15, 1936. American Liberty League. American Liberty League. Washington, D.C. 1936. This electronic text file was created by Optical Character Recognition (OCR). No corrections have been made to the OCR-ed text and no editing has been done to the content of the original document. Encoding has been done through an automated process using the recommendations for Level 1 of the TEI in Libraries Guidelines. Digital page images are linked to the text file. ï»¿OF THE AMERICAN LIBERTY LEAGUE NATIONAL PRESS BUILDING WASHINGTON, D. C. VOL. 1 APRIL 15,1936 No. 9 THE END OF THE "BREATHING SPELL ti President Roosevelt's promise of a "breathing spell" to business has gone the way of a long list of other New Deal promises. It has followed into the waste paper basket the Democratic platform pledge of a 25% reduction in the cost of the Federal Government, the platform pledge for maintenance of national credit by a Federal budget annually balanced, the platform pledge of a sound currency to be preserved at all hazards, the platform pledge favoring unemployment relief through the extension of Federal credit to the States, the platform pledge for the removal of government from all fields of private industry except where necessary to develop public works and national resources in the common interest. The "breathing spell" has likewise gone the way of the platform declaration that: "A party platform is a covenant with the people to be faithfully kept by the party when entrusted with power;" and lastly, it has gone the way of Mr. Roosevelt's declaration that he was for the 1932 platform 100%. Of course, only the very gullible ever took the "breathing spell" promise seriously. The phrase originated in an interchange of letters between Mr. Roy Howard, a prominent newspaper apologist for the New Deal, and the President. One of Mr. Howard's employees, Mr. Heywood Broun, characterized it at the time as "a daisy chain." It was generally accepted as an arranged publicity stunt. But whatever the circumstances surrounding the promise, the "breathing spell" Is now definitely ended, if Indeed it ever existed. The most recent evidence of the death and burial of the "breathing spell" is to be found in Mr. Roosevelt's so-called tax program, as outlined in his special message to Congress last month, and In his request for an additional $1,500,000,000 to supplement the $4,880,000,000 blank check appropriation which Congress gave to him last year for relief purposes. The tax program is an amplification and an aggravation of the "soak^-the-rich" proposal enacted into law on the President's recommendation last year at a time when the administration was seeking to steal the thunder of the late Huey Long's "share-the-wealth" project. The request for the additional $1,500,000,000 for relief purposes illustrates that the administration cannot or will not profit by Its own mistakes. Adequate appropriations for direct relief to prevent suffering are approved by the American people. But experience with the spending of the $4,880,000,000 appropriation demonstrates clearly that the so-called work relief program is wasteful, inefficient and Inevitably tainted with politics. That such a program has temporary political advantages for the party in power may be conceded, but the day of reckoning Is certain to come. In any event, the "breathing spell" Is over. The nation may as well face that fact. Actions speak louder than words. ï»¿PETITIONS OF PROTEST Members of the League heretofore have received printed copies of a petition of protest directed against the illegal and tyrannical actions of the Black Investigating Committee with the connivance of the Federal Communications Commission. Petitions bearing thousands of names have been received already at League headquarters for transmission to the United States Senate. They are still coming in at the rate of more than one thousand names per day. Any member who desires additional copies of the petition form for circulation among his acquaintances may obtain them In any quantity by application to headquarters. It Is apparent that when the list of signers is complete this petition will constitute an impressive demonstration of the American people's resentment at the outrageous invasion of their rights perpetrated by the Black Committee and the Communications Commission. SAVE THE COURTS The Executive Committee of the American Liberty League, meeting in New York on March 26th,,adopted the following resolution: "WHEREAS, there are serious indications that an attempt is being made to destroy the American system of constitutional government by weakening the proper powers now exercised by the Judicial Branch in accordance with the Constitution, and "WHEREAS, an independent Judiciary is the keystone of the arch of constitutional liberty; now therefore, "BE IT RESOLVED, That the Executive Committee of the American Liberty League, speaking for the League, calls upon all political parties to include in the platforms to be adopted at their respective national conventions, a declaration in substance as follows: "'We pledge our party unequivocally to oppose any attempt to curtail or abolish any of the powers now exercised by the Judicial Branch of the Government, whether such attempt be made directly through proposals to amend the Federal Constitution, or indirectly through legislative devices Intended to accomplish the same result by devious route. "'Furthermore, we declare that strict adherence to this pledge both in letter and spirit Is an obligation binding in honor upon the candidates who accept the nominations for the Presidency and the Vice-Presidency tendered them by this convention. ' "BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution is adopted in the firm belief that the action suggested is such as could not possibly be distasteful to any American citizen who desires, sincerely, the preservation of constitutional self-government in the United States; "THAT, It is adopted in the belief that it is wholesome to recall to the people of the United States the fact that if the power of the Judiciary be Impaired there will remain no effective safeguard of such constitutional rights as free speech, a free press, trial by jury, religious liberty, and protection of homes and possessions against the whims and exactions of autocratic bureaucracy of self-serving temporary legislative majorities; "THAT, It is adopted in the belief that the American people are not unmindful that according to the decisions of our highest Court there have been attempts during the past three years to infringe upon the rights and liberties guaranteed by five of the ten articles of the Bill of Rights; and "THAT, It is adopted in the belief that the American people realize fully that in many of the great nations of the world today citizens are denied the right of free speech, a free press, peaceable assembly, and religious liberty---because of the absence of constitutional guarantees and an untrammeled Judiciary to make such guarantees effective." "RICH MEN'S CLUB" It has been charged that the American Liberty League is dependent for financial support upon a few wealthy men. What are the facts? As this issue of the Bulletin goes to press the American Liberty League has 23,431 members who have contributed one dollar or more. We ask our members and friends to assist in making this record even more impressive. ï»¿LEAGUE LITERATURE ADDRESSES: "Should We Amend the Constitution to Grant the National Government General Welfare Powers?" - Speech by William H. Rogers, President of the Florida State Bar Association. (Doc No. 113) "The New Inquisition" - Speech by Jouett Shouse, President of the American Liberty League. (Doc. No. 114) "It Can Be Done" - Speech by Hon. Merrill E. Otis, United States District Judge. (Doc. No. 115) "A Layman Looks at the Supreme Court" - Speech by Hon. Arthur H. Vandenberg, United States Senator from Michigan. (Doc. No. 116) "Abuses of Power" - Speech by Jouett Shouse, President of the American Liberty League. (Doc. No. 118) "The Need for Constitutional Growth by Construction or Amendment" - Speech by Raoul E. "vÂ»svernine, Chairman of the National Lawyers Committee of the American Liberty League. (Doc. No. 119) "Shall We have Constitutional Liberty or Dictatorship?" - Speech by Hon. James A. Reed, member National Lawyers Committee, American Liberty League. (Doc No. 120) PAMPHLETS: "The President's 19 36 Tax Proposals" - An analysis of a misnamed revenue program marking the end of the so-called breathing spell. (Doc No.112) "New Work-Relief Funds" - An analysis of the administration's request for additional funds with which to continue many of the unwise and wasteful experiments undertaken heretofore. (Doc. No. 117) LEAFLETS: "Our New Spoils System" - Reprint of an article by Lawrence Sullivan illustrating how the Federal Civil Service has been prostituted to partizan ends under the present administration. (Leaflet No. 7) "The Magi and the Showdown" - Reprint of an editorial from the Charleston (South Carolina) News and Courier illustrating by fable what happens when political magicians have no more rabbits to pull out of hats. (Leaflet No. 8) "Government by Busybodies" - A discussion of the plague inflicted upon long-suffering peoples when their rulers develop delusions of omniscience and infallibility. (Leaflet No.9) "BUTTERFLIES AND BEES" "About the year A. D. 200 the Praetorian Guard sold the Roman Empire to a man whose name Is not worth remembering for a sum that netted them about $1,000 each. The taxpayers had that bill to foot. Some of our politicians may be trying to make a better trade but somehow I doubt It. I shall live and die believing that the best thing we can do is to punish rascals and give every man a chance to work out his own destiny. I never will believe it's right to rob the hives of bees that worked all summer in order to feed butterflies that danced through the same sunny hours, even if the butterflies are forced to migrate south and never get back. It will take lots of propaganda to make me believe that the bees beat them to all the best flowers and stole the nectar from them." - Excerpt from an article by the Reverend Bascom Anthony in the Savannah Morning News of February 23, 19 36. A DEMOCRAT TALKS TO HIS PARTY "Your letter of the 13th Inst, received in which you asked me to give you some idea as to how the people feel towards the present administration and the New Deal. Wish to state ï»¿that the writer has voted for every Democratic candidate for President since Bryan, and am therefore writing you from the standpoint of a Democrat. There are at least three Important factors that are going to contribute towards the defeat of the Democratic party, If it is defeated. "1st - The vast amount of expenditure of our National funds, much of which the people generally think is unnecessary, extravagant and wasteful. When the average tax paying citizen seeing our taxes being thrown away on such things as $100,000 for elephant pits and for many other useless expenditures such as tap dancing and spending money to try to teach snakes to walk and monkeys to talk, it is disgusting indeed and they naturally see RED. "2nd - The enormous National debt which our present administration has increased in three years from around eighteen billions of dollars to nearly thirty-five billions, which Is far more than any president has spent In the history of this Nation. What if our forefathers had gone on a spending spree 50 or 75 years ago as the present Government Is doing, putting us in financial bondage, how do you think we would now feel towards our former Government? When we would be having to pay off a debt made a generation ago, much of which was spent wastefully. The vast majority of the citizens of this Nation are inherently conservative, having been taught so for generations by their forefathers, and any official or administration, whether national, state or county, that wastes our tax funds and spends extravagantly and recklessly, cannot long stay popular or In power, but defeat ALWAYS comes to those who are careless and wasteful of our taxes. "3rd - The relief situation â€” The people generally and the taxpaying public especially, consider it an unholy mess of waste and extravagance. The dole, P.W.A. ,W.P.A., CCC., etc., are all the same and are rapidly teaching a large class of our citizenship to be lazy, trifling, dependent, shiftless, and Instilling into their minds that the Government or somebody owes them a living whether or not they work and hustle for it. It is practically getting no where so far as diminishing relief Is concerned, as there are nearly as many existing under the above letters as there were two years ago, and as long as the government offers higher wages and salaries to everybody unemployed, so that farmers and small employers of labor cannot compete with, this class of citizenship will never hunt for or accept private work. We know this from observation and practical experience in this part of the country." - Excerpt from a letter to W. Forbes Morgan, Secretary, Democratic National Committee, from F. A. Jones, President, McCracken County Property Owners Association, Paducah, Kentucky. TYPICAL COMMENT WASHINGTON (D.C.) POST, April 10, 19 36: "The example set by the American Liberty League in publishing its sources of income, and accounting for Its expenditures, is highly commendable. * * * The revelations concerning the finances of the Townsend organization, for Instance, have done more to discredit Its fantastic program than the most cogent arguments of economic experts. And it looks as though a few sobering facts about the AAA benefit payments will greatly assist critics of this ambitious monument to the labors of the agricultural lobbyists." (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 5# per copy.)