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"Bulletin Of The American Liberty League", Vol. 1 No. 11, June 15, 1936. American Liberty League. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky kukm59m61_b_0011 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. 11, June 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. BULLETIN VOLUME I JUNE 15, 1936 NUMBER 11 THE APPROACHING SHOWDOWN "It has become so clear that It no longer requires argument that the so-called New Deal cannot continue under the Constitution of the United States." The foregoing sentence is quoted from the August, 1935, Issue of the Bulletin of the American Liberty League. Time has brought abundant proof of the accuracy of that statement. In eight Instances important New Deal laws have been held by the Supreme Court to be unconstitutional. In two other instances administrative acts of the New Deal have been held by the Supreme Court to constitute an unconstitutional application of Important laws. The Judicial branch of the Government in passing upon New Deal legislation has Indicted the Roosevelt administration on the following grounds: 1 â€” For attempting to delegate practically unlimited Legislative power to the Executive, thereby throwing out of balance our constitutional system which provides for the distribution of powers among the three coordinate branches â€” Legislative, Executive and Judicial. 2 â€” For attempting to exert Federal authority in fields reserved by the people through the Constitution to State governments, thereby seeking to destroy our system of dual sovereignty which is the foundation of local self-government. 3 â€” For attempting to encroach upon individual liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. 4 â€” For attempting to pervert the taxing power Into an Instrument of coercion to promote social and economic control and experimentation. But despite a series of stinging rebukes from the Nation's highest tribunal, the New Deal Is unrepentant. That perhaps is the most sinister aspect of the situation. The phrase oft repeated in high official quarters, "I must read all of the opinions," and the emphasis placed by New Deal spokesmen upon the dissenting opinions of members of the Supreme Court constitute a clear attempt to impair the legal effect of the formal decisions of our highest Court. Such tactics amount In effect to an attempt on the part of one coordinate branch of government to destroy the people's faith in the Integrity of another coordinate branch. Supreme Court decisions have made it obvious that the key measures of the New Deal constitute Integrated parts of an attempt to set up a new form of government. The time is rapidly approaching when the people will be called upon to choose between their Constitution and the New Deal. ï»¿"GET OUT THE VOTE" The League's "Get Out the Vote" campaign was announced In the last issue of the Bulletin. Since then, all members of the League throughout the country have received circulars and forms to put this program into practical effect. Returns are just beginning to come in. IN SPITE OF THE SHORT TIME THAT HAS ELAPSED SINCE THE ACTUAL WORK OF THIS DRIVE WAS BEGUN, THE RETURNS ALREADY MADE TO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INDICATE THAT THROUGH THIS EFFORT THE LEAGUE WILL BE INSTRUMENTAL IN TURNING OUT AT THE POLLS NEXT NOVEMBER SEVERAL MILLIONS OF AROUSED CITIZENS WHO HAVE NOT ORDINARILY VOTED. The League's campaign to induce citizens to exercise their most valuable right and their most sacred duty has received widespread approval. For example: The WHEELING INTELLIGENCER of Wheeling, West Virginia, says in part under the caption "WILL THEY DO IT?" "This is a commendable task the League has undertaken. Should it succeed, there would be no reason to fear for the future in the United States. . . ." The DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE of Rochester, New York, says under the caption "CITIZENS URGED TO ACT," "The Democrat and Chronicle is not an organ of the American Liberty League. Nevertheless it is in full agreement with many of the principles enunciated by the League. It is in particular agreement with the appeal .... urging that every citizen who can vote do so in this critical year." The BIRMINGHAM NEWS of Birmingham, Alabama, says in part under the caption "A GOOD WORD FOR THE LIBERTY LEAGUE," "There have been many things about the Liberty League with which one could disagree .... Now, however, the League has undertaken to sponsor a cause about which there can be no question. It has set Itself to the task of arousing more interest in elections and campaigns. It will work to get out a larger vote . . . . The League should have 100 per cent cooperation In this endeavor." Members are urged to act promptly to make this campaign a success. FIRST, sign and send In your own pledge that you will vote next November. SECOND, send in the names of at least ten other voters who have made similar promises. THIRD, obtain promises from as many voters as possible that they in turn will seek to enlist at least ten others and send In the names and addresses of those agreeing to do so. Remind those whose cooperation you seek that In many communities it is necessary to register some time in advance of the election. If you need additional forms, write to National Headquarters for them. Remember the League Is not seeking pledges for votes to support any Individual candidate or any particular party. That makes It possible to appeal for cooperation to groups and individuals who may not be members of the League and even to those who may not agree with all of the League's principles. Everyone can agree that all citizens should exercise the right of franchise. THE "GENTLE RAIN OF CHECKS" "No doubt you have already become acquainted with the benefits you may derive from participating In the New National Agricultural Conservation Program. "The next step is to SIGN UP THE WORK SHEET FOR YOUR FARM. "The filling out of the Work Sheet does not obligate you in any way, but does make you eligible to apply for cash benefits, some of which you may receive without making any changes in your present farm practise." â€” Excerpt from a circular letter sent New Castle County (Delaware) farmers over the signature of G. M. Worrilow, County Agricultural Agent. ï»¿LETTER FROM A NEBRASKA FARMER The following is an excerpt from a letter addressed to the American Liberty League under date of June 5th by Theodore Dubois, Naponee, Nebraska: "I wish to acknowledge receipt of the leaflet No. 5 entitled 'A Farmer Speaks'. It was sent me by you at the request of my friend, Mrs. William C. Miller, of Glencoe, Illinois. "The author of that leaflet expressed the views of most thinking farmers as I have found them ranging from the Gulf States through this mid western section as far north as the Dakotas and westward to the Coast. "This writer is a stock ranger and farmer. It may surprise your organization to learn that the real rangers and farmers who have made progress permanent and have lent to it its stability have never as a class favored most of the New Deal tactics. Lately many of the others who did favor those tactics for a time have been dropping out of line with this bunch of wreckers. This sentiment was most visible upon a recent tour through the section of country Just mentioned." LEAGUE LITERATURE ADDRESS. "You Owe Thirty-One Billion Dollars" - Speech by Jouett Shouse, President of the American Liberty League. (Doc. NO. 125) PAMPHLETS: "The American Form of Government, The Supreme Court and the New Deal" - An analysis of Supreme Court decisions dealing with New Deal laws and their application, revealing the present administration as "the first in the history of the United States to initiate a carefully planned and comprehensive movement to accomplish fundamental changes in the system of government." (Doc. No. 126) "The Socialization of the Electric Power Industry" - An analysis of New Deal policies and projects designed to destroy private industry at a tremendous cost to the taxpayers. (Doc. No. 127) LEAFLETS: "New Labels For Old Poisons" - Excerpts from a speech by Rep. Clare Gerald Fenerty. (Leaflet No. 12) "The New Deal Boondoggling Circus" - Some of the ways in which the present administration is spending eight billion dollars a year. (Leaflet No. 13) "Government By Law Still Forced To Fight Against New Deal" - A brief analysis of the continuing conflict between the Roosevelt administration and the constitution of the United States. (Leaflet No. 14) "THE INVESTMENT SIDE OF INSURANCE" "An ardent disciple of new deal gospel has been making many public appearances in the Northwest. Marshall Dana is his name and his title is chairman of the Regional Planning Commission â€” whatever that is or may be. Mr. Dana's particular forte is a discussion of such Government projects as the Bonneville and Coulee Dams, and to impress his listeners with the imperative need for these ventures by the Government into the realm of private business. "Appearing before the Life Insurance Managers' Association of Portland Mr. Dana invited questions and was gracious enough to answer them, after a fashion. One query from the floor was whether he thought that benefits to be derived from these and other similar projects would offset the depression in utility companies' decurltles. Vagueness and circumlocution in replying prevent recording the exact meaning of his remarks. . . "With a total of approximately two billion dollars invested in public utility bonds ï»¿and stocks by life insurance companies it was rather amazing to observe life insurance man agers absorb without question Lir. Dana's vagaries. "As an advocate of Federal reclamation projects Mr. Dana has no superior. His enthus iasm in that direction knows no bounds. Questioned as to why the Government should spend hundreds of millions of dollars to reclaim land when there are so many irrigation districts in default, his reply was such districts had been improperly financed and investors therein deserved to lose their all for so investing. "Why the Government should spend hundreds of millions of dollars to restrict crops throughout the country and spend millions more to reclaim land to produce more crops was another new deal problem left unsolved by the speaker." â€” Northwest Insurance News Portland, Oregon, May, 19 36 RELIEVING THE UNEMPLOYED "The New Dealers are, as many know, compiling an official guide book to the United States. An organization of 4,600 'white collar' relief workers has been formed for this *work'. But here is something that not one person in a thousand knows; you don't see this, at least in Southern 'New Deal' newspapers; that is to say, that the 'field supervisor' of these 4,600 Is one Mrs. Katherlne Kellock. Now who is this Mrs. Kellock? She is the wife of the publicity director of the Soviet embassy from Russia to the United States." â€” Excerpt from a letter to the editor of the Birmingham (Alabama) News, April 23, 19 36, signed by Oliver D. Street, Guntherville, Alabama. A DEMOCRAT SPEAKS OUT "Why did I become a League member and supporter? I, a Democrat for 30 years, and still a Democrat, but just not of the New-Dealer experimental type. "I gave the President my full support all through the campaign of 19 32 and through the first emergency Congress. Then, stunned with the enactments of silly and stupid legislation, I stopped, then turned toward something that looked like America and American. "The Democratic Platform adopted in 1932 was easily accepted by any true American and was chuck full of those three great privileges given Americans by the Constitution, life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and might be added the right to have and enjoy property. Taxes and more taxes to support our fat bureaucracy, well builded, are rapidly taking our property. Economy has been thrown into the discard, it is no longer an American virtue. Legislation for minority interests rather than for the general welfare is most un-American. The right to seek a job is real American. The right to enter a business Is American. The power to tax business, borrow money, runnlng-up a tremendous deficit, Increasing costs, then prices, violating the Constitution, showing disrespect for the Supreme Court, intruding on State rights, taxing one group to fatten another, spending money waste fully, entering business competitively with private enterprise, leaning toward Socialism, Communism, autocracy and many other innovations of greater and lesser degree, are truly un-American and they must be repealed and destroyed." â€” Excerpt from a letter from Emrys L. Hughes, Lima, Ohio. THE MORE ABUNDANT LIFE "I am a Works Progress administration worker. I can name and give proof that there are any number of men in this county's Works Progress administration who have jobs because they have pull with petty politicians. These men receive the highest wages, do the least work, and have never been on relief rolls....." â€” Excerpt from a letter from Roy Wulfreck, Goshen, Ohio, to Senator Rush D. Holt of West Virginia, as quoted in the Buffalo Evening News, June 6, 1936.