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"Bulletin Of The American Liberty League", Vol. 1 No. 12, July 15, 1936. American Liberty League. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky kukm59m61_b_0012 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. 12, July 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 JULY 15,1936 NUMBER 12 A CHALLENGE TO MR. FARLEY From the moment the organization of the American Liberty League was announced, the New Deal administration has sought to discredit and misrepresent the League. From Mr. Roosevelt himself on down through the New Deal hierarchy of spokesmen, including Ickes, Wallace and Tugwell, this attempt has been made continuously. The high point of slanderous misrepresentation, thus far, was reached in a speech opening the New Deal Convention at Philadelphia by James A- Farley, New Deal National Chairman, who some months ago made the superfluous announcement that this is to be one of the dirtiest campaigns in history and who apparently is laboring to make his prediction come true. Mr. Farley's statement was challenged by the Executive Committee of the League meeting In New York on June 30th as follows: "Heretofore the American Liberty League has not attempted to defend Itself against the malicious defamation and vituperation uttered by spokesmen for the New Deal. It glories in the fact that its advocacy of constitutional principles has aroused the bitter enmity of men who would overthrow those principles. There is, however, one false accusation made by a man holding a responsible public office which the League feels it necessary to call to definite attention. "James A. Farley, Postmaster General of the United States, in his capacity as party Chairman, made the following statement in his speech opening the New Deal Convention at Philadelphia last week: "'Behind the Republican ticket is the crew of the du Pont Liberty League and their allies, which have so far financed every under-cover agency that has disgraced American politics with their appeal to race prejudice, religious intolerance and personalities so gross that they had to be repudiated by the regular Republican organization. They will continue to disown these snaky assaults â€” and to seek to profit by them.' "Such false and defamatory language goes beyond the limit of self-respect and cannot remain unnoticed. It is incredible that any man, no matter what his background, occupying high official position would in any circumstance make such representation without convincing evidence. "The American Liberty League challenges Mr. Farley to produce concrete evidence in support of his statement that the League has financed any 'under-cover agency that has disgraced American politics with their appeal to race prejudice, religious intolerance," etc. "The American Liberty League was created as a non-partisan organization to defend our traditional constitutional system of government against the many attacks being made upon it. By a campaign of education and by factual analyses of legislative proposals the League has endeavored to bring clearly before the people the efforts that are being made to substitute unsuccessful and discredited experiments for our accepted form of government. To the course outlined in the beginning the League has rigidly adhered. It has been forced to take public issue with many legislative and administrative activities of the Roosevelt administration, because daily the fact has become more clear that they are destructive to our institutions and intended to transform the fundamental principles of our Government. ï»¿"Time has confirmed the League1s opinion. The Supreme Court In repeated decisions has condemned key measures of the New Deal in language more emphatic than the League has ventured. The press, too, has spoken overwhelmingly in no uncertain words. "Three months ago the Executive Committee of the American Liberty League in a public statement called attention to the fact that the League is not a political party nor is it interested in promoting the special interests of any individual or any group. It emphasized that the. League's membership is composed of thousands of Democrats and thousands of Republicans, and that the League intends In the future as In the past to adhere faithfully to the principles responsible for its organization. "The League will continue to carry forward in the most earnest manner possible its campaign of education as to constitutional rights; it will continue to condemn members of any party who seek â€” either openly or by subterfuge â€” to pervert the American consltutional system or to destroy or to infringe upon the rights of the people as guaranteed in the Constitution." As this issue of the Bulletin goes to press â€” two weeks after the Executive Committee statement was made -- there has been no attempt at a response on the part of Mr. Farley. Doubtless he has good and sufficient reasons for his silence. The League is highly gratified by the amount of vituperation it has received from New Deal sources. It anticipates that this will continue. But the League is entirely capable of stating its own position and program without assistance from New Deal spokesmen and if the latter persist in volunteering their unsolicited services the League will not hesitate in characterizing their actions by language appropriate to the occasion. THE NEW DEAL VS. DEMOCRACY Jouett Shouse, President of the American Liberty League, in a radio address over a nation-wide hookup on the eve of the New Deal Convention in Philadelphia, discussed the basic conflict between the New Deal and the Democratic Party. Mr. Shouse spoke not only as President of the League, but also as former Chairman of the Democratic National Executive Committee. He summarized some of the New Deal performances as follows: "The New Deal has built up a huge bureaucracy which has shown no regard for the Constitutional rights and liberties of our citizens. "The New Deal has converted the Federal Civil Service into a bare-faced spoils system. "The New Deal has used the money of taxpayers of all political parties to build up a propaganda machine to aid its efforts to continue In power. "The New Deal has prostituted the administration of the relief of the unfortunate to the ends of partisan politics. "The New Deal has spent huge sums upon public works, despite grave doubts as to the desirability or usefulness of the projects. "The New Deal has instituted a series of boondoggling enterprises which are as ridiculous as they are unwise. "The New Deal has all but destroyed the export market for American agricultural products. "The New Deal has opened American markets to import of foodstuffs which properly should be supplied by the American farmer. "The New Deal has harassed American business and has entered into competition in almost every possible way with private industry. "The New Deal has misused the Federal taxing power in an effort to promote visionary schemes for the redistribution of wealth. "The New Deal has imposed taxes heavier than were ever before placed upon the nation in time of peace and by reckless borrowing has saddled huge obligations upon generations yet unborn. "The New Deal has led the nation far along the road toward national bankruptcy and has increased the national debt to unprecedented size. ï»¿"The New Deal has manifested its contempt for constitutional government. "The New Deal has sought to make the Legislative Branch of the government subservient to the will of the Executive. "The New Deal, through its official spokesman, has criticized decisions of the Supreme Court because In the interpretation of the basic law of the land that tribunal held pet New Deal acts unconstitutional. "The New Deal, in the words of Mr. Roosevelt himself, has set up 'new instruments of public power,1 admittedly dangerous; in the hands of men who might misuse that power. "In a word, the New Deal has sought to destroy the American system of government composed of three coordinate branches and to upset the dual sovereignty as between state and nation which the Constitution provides. "The New Deal represents the attempt In America to set up a totalitarian government, one which recognizes no sphere of individual or business life as immune from governmental authority and which submerges the welfare of the Individual to that of the government.*1 Passing on to a discussion of what the future may bring forth, Mr. Shouse added: "Sooner or later, the present madness will pass. Sooner or later, a political promise will again be regarded as a sacred obligation. Sooner or later, we shall once more recognize that two and two make four. And when that time comes the Democrats who are Democrats from conviction and not from mere expediency will regain control of the Democratic Party and will make it once more the Party of Jefferson and Jackson and Cleveland and Wilson. * * * * The processes of recovery have begun despite the tinkering of the New Deal but they must be carried forward with care, with courage, with perseverance. Democrats, therefore, who are left without a Party in present circumstances must decide the course they will pursue. They owe no duty of loyalty to the New Deal." (Copies of Mr. Shouse's speech (Doc No. 128) are available upon request.) "GETTING OUT THE VOTE" The League's "Get-Out-the-Vote" campaign, announced in previous issues of the Bulletin, is meeting with enthusiastic response from every State in the Union. Returns thus far indicate the accuracy of the prediction made in last month's Bulletin to the effect that "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 URGES EVERY MEMBER TO GIVE HIS VIGOROUS ATTENTION AND SUPPORT TO THIS CAMPAIGN. It is assumed that any American citizen sufficiently interested in the preservation of constitutional government to enroll as a member of the League may be counted upon to cast his ballot in November. But that is not enough. It is additionally important that every member constitute himself or herself a committee of one to enlist the promise of at least ten other citizens that they will cast their ballots. Furthermore, it is highly important that, if possible, each of the ten others whose promises are received be induced to pledge themselves in turn, to obtain similar pledges from ten additional citizens. Remember, the League Is not asking votes for or against any candidate or any Party. It is asking that every citizen perform the most solemn duty of citizenship by registering a voice In the selection of those to whom the administration of the affairs of government are to be entrusted during the next four years. The League is confident that the fundamental common sense of a liberty-loving people will lead to a wise decision in November if every citizen does his duty. Those who do not do their duty can have no legitimate complaint if the government is allowed to depart from the fundamentals upon which American liberty and prosperity are based. ï»¿WHO KNOWS THE ANSWER ? nDo you answer questions in the Bulletin? If so, I have a question which puzzles me and has for some months. It Is about that speech of Rexford Guy Tugwell made in Los Angeles, October 28th last. What does this mean? There will be no end to his advance so long as the urges within him remain unimpared; but it will be multiplied a thousand-fold once he gives up the sterile morality of Individualism.'"and "'The autocrats must get out of the way along with the moral system which supports them . . .'" â€” Excerpt from a letter addressed to the League by a woman editorial writer for a western newspaper. WHO IS THE AMERICAN LIBERTY LEAGUE? New Deal bedtime stories purporting to show that the American Liberty League is composed exclusively bf millionaires â€” "agents of entrenched greed", "economic royalists", etc. â€” occasionally collide with facts. For example, the League organization in the State of Iowa recently undertook an occupational survey of a cross section of the League membership in that State. The survey covered about 46% of the total membership and the results disclosed that occupations represented by the American Liberty League membership in Iowa included the following: Accountants, advertising, attorneys, bakers, bankers, barbers, bookkeepers, carpenters, cashiers, chefs, chemists, cigar makers, clerks, contractors, dentists, doctors, editors, educators, electricians, engineers, examiners, executives, farmers, florists, general agents, housewives, Janitors, jewelers, judges, laborers, laundrymen, manufacturers, mechanics, merchants, ministers, morticians, nurses, opticians, packers, pharmacists, philatelists, plumbers, publishers, R.R. agents, retired, salesmen, salesmanagers, stenographers, students, superintendents, teachers and trustees. THE MORE ABUNDANT LIFE "Street dancing, popular as a Federal project in New York and Brooklyn, will be inaugurated in Washington Monday evening on the Ellipse between Fifteenth and Seventeenth streets. "Thousands of young people are expected to frolic then, from 9 to 11 p. m., to the music of the Federal Music Project dance band unit of the District." â€” Washington Evening Star July 9, 1936 THE LEAGUE AND THE NEW DEAL "The New Dealers may deride the American Liberty League and all its works. They may try to poison the public mind against it. They may represent it as an organization chiefly desirous of making government serve the interests of plutocracy. But what they cannot do is to refute the facts that the League has presented to substantiate its statements and furnish a basis for its conclusions. If the League has taken issue with the New Deal it is only because the New Deal has taken issue with the Constitution." â€” Hartford (Conn.) Courant July 2, 19 36