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"Bulletin Of The American Liberty League", Vol. 1 No. 10, May 15, 1936. American Liberty League. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky kukm59m61_b_0010 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. 10, May 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»¿ American Liberty League NATIONAL PRESS BUILDING WASHINGTON, D. C. BULLE" riN VOLUME 1 MAY 15, 1936 NUMBER 10 USE YOUR VOTE The Executive Committee of the American Liberty League meeting in New York Thursday, May 14, approved an open letter addressed to the entire membership of the League, to be published in the Bulletin, which reads as follows: TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN LIBERTY LEAGUE: There can be no question of the importance of the elections to be held this year. The fate of constitutional self-government in the United States may be at stake. In such circumstances every citizen owes a duty to himself, to his family and to his Nation. His duty is the free and intelligent exercise of his right of franchise---his vote. The ballot which a free citizen casts may be compared with the payment of a premium upon his Insurance policy. If the premium is not paid, the policy lapses and he and his family lose the protection for which he has labored and saved for years. The exercise of your right to vote constitutes the premium you pay to protect the most valuable Insurance policy ever written---the Constitution of the United States. The American Liberty League believes that the people of the United States do not wish to abandon their Constitution or to permit it to be nullified. The League believes that the people are well aware of the fact that the Constitution, and the Constitution alone, protects them in such rights as religious freedom, free speech, a free press, trial by Jury and safeguard of lives and property against the whims and caprices of an autocratic bureaucracy. The League believes that the people know full well that in many of the other major Nations of the world today such rights are non-existent because of the absence of a definite constitution made effective by a government in which legislative, executive and Judicial powers are properly separated. But even if some American citizens do wish to change the form of their government, the League is certain that the people are not willing to allow such change to be made without their express consent and approval. The people themselves, and they alone, have the power and the right to change the Constltuti on. In the last four Presidential elections, an average of only 53% of all potential voters actually cast their ballots. The men and women who fall to vote have no right to complain of the character of government thrust upon them. If they are too lazy or, too indifferent to go to the polls they must accept the result. It must be remembered that those who have a selfish Interest in the outcome of an election are always very careful to vote. Because of the unusual importance attaching to the elections this year and because the right of franchise is the most sacred privilege of every citizen, the Executive Committee of the League feels called upon to urge that all of its members in each state of the Union pledge themselves to exercise the right of franchise In November. The Committee also urges that each member of the League constitute himself, or herself, a committee of one to obtain similar pledges from as many fellow-citizens as possible. To make this program effective, it Is important that It be started ï»¿at once. The registration period is already upon us in some states. In many instances it is necessary to register in order to vote. Within the next few days members will receive a communication from national headquarters of the League outlining suggestions for making effective this proposed mobilization of votes. The Committee wishes to emphasize that it is merely asking members to pledge themselves to vote and to obtain similar pledges from others. In making this pledge, the Committee is not requesting that anyone promise to vote for any particular candidate or any particular political party. It Is merely urging that all indicate their intention to exercise the most valuable right and perform the most sacred duty of citizens in a free democracy. THINK IT OVER Before the next issue of the Bulletin appears, one of the major political parties will have assembled in national convention and the other will be on the eve of so doing. Aside from nominating candidates for the Presidency and the Vice Presidency, the principal activity of national conventions is the formulation and adoption of party plat^ forms. What is a party platform? Essentially a party platform is a proposal to enter into a contract with the people of the United States upon certain conditions set forth In the platform. The party asks the people to put its members in control of the Federal government for four years and promises that if the people grant this request it will do certain things. In other words, if the people, by electing the representatives of the party, accept the contract, it becomes binding. Unfortunately political parties have not always manifested a realization of the seriousness of the obligations undertaken when they formulate their platforms. It has been suggested facetiously that a political platform is analogous to a loading platform used for boarding street cars---once the passenger is aboard, he forgets about the platform. Recent experiences with a platform solemnly promulgated as "a covenant with the people to be faithfully kept," indicate that the foregoing suggestion is not entirely humorous. However, there are still many citizens who believe that a party seeking control of the Federal government should be willing to deal honestly with the electorate and to write its platform with the idea of fulfilling the promises made therein. The fact that one may have once made the mistake of hiring an unreliable employee (public servant) is not a valid reason against hiring any employees at all in the future. If you employ an agent to purchase a horse and buggy and he returns with a pink elephant bought with your money, you may, with considerable Justification, refuse to employ him in future business transactions, but that experience would hardly Justify you in refusing to employ any agent at all thereafter. Members of the American Liberty League and American citizens generally could render no greater public service within the next few weeks than by seeing to it that the political parties adopt platforms in harmony with the American system of constitutional government and by making it clear to those who formulate the platforms that they will be held to strict accountability if their party is victorious in the coming elections. LEAGUE LITERATURE ADDRESSES: "An American Philosophy" - Speech by Jouatt Shouse, President of the American Liberty League. (Doc. No. 121) "The Liberty League - Old Friendships Destroyed" - Speech by Senator Daniel 0. Hastings of Delaware. (Doc. No. 122) "A Federal Union - National and State Responsibilities" - Speech by Fitzgerald Hall, member, National Advisory Council of the American Liberty League. (Doc. No. 123) "Constitutional Heresy" - Speech by Raoul E. Desvernine, Chairman, National Lawyers Committee of the American Liberty League. (Doc. No. 124) ï»¿LEAFLETS: "Gratitude In Politics" - Reprint of an editorial from the Washington Evening Star. (Leaflet No. 10) "28 Facts About The New Deal" - (Leaflet No. 11) PETITIONS OF PROTEST Petitions bearing the signatures of more than 55,000 citizens including representation from every State in the Union have been filed by the League's national headquarters with the United States Senate in protest against the actions of the Black Lobby Investigating Committee and the Federal Communications Commission in seizing and examining private telegrams. Since these petitions were filed on May 11 other petitions bearing many additional names have been received at League headquarters. They will be filed later. In addition, It is understood that many more petitions have been sent direct to members of the Senate. Any member erf the League or any citizen who has not yet signed one of these petitions and who wishes to register his protest against the unwarranted and Illegal actions of the Lobby Committee and the Communications Commission may obtain forms upon application to the League's national headquarters. "AMERICAN GUILLOTINE" "The original guillotine which decapitated King Louis XVI, loyal friend of the American colonies when they needed a friend, was sold in France on St. Valentine's day for $167. "With American liberties at stake it might not be inappropriate to buy that guillotine and set It up in front of the new Judicial temple which frowns across the park that separates it from the Capitol." â€” From the March issue of "The Democratic Digest," published by the Women's Division of the Democratic National Committee. "WHERE A PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CANNOT BE BUILT" "There Is a place where a Presbyterian Church cannot be built. That may be startling news to some of us. But It becomes more startling when we learn where the place is. We might suppose that it was in Africa, China, Russia, or Mexico. But the location is not in some far away land, but right here at our own door---in our neighboring State of Tennessee, in the town of Norris. The reason is the Federal government has taken religion in hand, built a 'community church house,' and has said to all denominations, you cannot build any of your churches here. And that settles it. The order sounds very much like those being Issued in Russia and Germany. And all this in spite of the fact that the Federal Constitution says: that Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or preventing the free exercise thereof. But Constitution or no Constitution, you can't build a Presbyterian Church in Norris, Tennessee, in the good old United States." â€” Mississippi Visitor (Presbyterian Monthly) Jackson, Mississippi March, 19 36 DESPOTISMS Raoul E. Desvernine's book, "Democratic Despotism," is an exceptionally able contribution to current discussion and thought on trends of Government. The author is Chairman of the National Lawyers Committee of the American Liberty League. He has been a close student and observor of political and economic events in the United States and abroad for many years. He points out striking parallels between the beginnings of despotism In Germany, Italy, Russia and Turkey and the development of policies by the New Deal Administration. Mr. Desvernine sees the destruction of individual liberties and of self-government as the inevitable result, unless the swing away from the Constitution Is checked. ï»¿The author deals with facts. He uses the officially uttered words of the President and of his associates in the Administration to disclose their real theories and plans. He finds their purposes to be in conflict with our traditional concept of a Government whose powers are divided between the three branches of Government, the Legislative, Executive and Judicial. ---Dodd, Mead & Company, New York City; $2.00. THE MORE ABUNDANT LIFE 'My Annual Cash Dividend from my paid-up $5000 Life-insurance Policy #1,594,176, in _ Company of New York: 1929.....................$42.70 19 33.........................$38.60 19 30 ..................... 45.90 19 34 ......................... 32.50 1931..................... 46.80 1935......................... 29.30 1932..................... 47.65 1936......................... 12.05 "The foregoing figures show what the 'New Deal' has done, Is doing, and will do, to all life-insurance policy-holders. There are millions of us being pumped dry by the 'New Deal,' those of us who are insurance-policy holders." â€” Excerpt from a letter from P. H. Powell, 108 Parsons Street, Walllngford, Conn. PINOCHLE VS. FLOOD CONTROL "Contrasts in Illinois "Two adjoining stories in a recent issue of the Johnston City (Illinois) Progress we re: "No. 1. 'More than two weeks ago Johnston City made application for a $75,000 W.P.A. project to help stop the flood which is threatening to destroy its coal mines.' "No. 2. 'An extensive recreational project was launched in Johnston City this week, with $7,344 allotted to carry on the work. The project will include Instruction in checkers, calisthenics, mass games, indoor and outdoor group games, etc. Pinochle, bridge and dancing will be included if the community does not object.'" â€” Washington Star February 17, 19 36 "THE PRESIDENT'S MOVE" "Five thousand men are still at work making a bigger and bigger ditch out of what was to have been the trans-Florida ship canal. "And about half as many are still busy up at Cobscook Bay doing whatever men do on a grandiose undertaking to harness the tides. "Yet officially it is not intended that either of these projects shall ever be completed. Indeed, 19 days ago President Roosevelt announced that he would allot no more money to either the canal or Passamaquoddy unless Congress directed him to do so. Congress, which had before frowned upon both projects, has in the 19 days shown no desire whatever to continue them. The Army engineers in charge of the two projects say they have no orders to stop. They indicate that unless they receive orders to the contrary they will carry on until July 1 and the last dollar of allotted money is spent. "It is President Roosevelt's responsibility that the taxpayers' money is being thrown away on these two 'abandoned' projects. He started both of them, without asking the consent of Congress, and against the advice of Administration experts. More than $9,000,000 has already been wasted. The least the President could do Is to withdraw, forthwith, the unexpended balances of the allotments and put those 7500 men to work on projects that will be completed. "In no part of his whole spending program is the President so vulnerable as in these two haphazard ventures." â€” Editorial THE WASHINGTON DAILY NEWS (and other Scripps-Howard papers) May 4, 19 36