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"Bulletin Of The American Liberty League", Vol. 2 No. 1, August 15, 1936. American Liberty League. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky kukm59m61_b_0013 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. 2 No. 1, August 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 2 AUGUST 15,1936 NUMBER 1 THE LEAGUE AND THE CAMPAIGN The American Liberty League has stood without equivocation for the fundamental constitutional institutions of America. It has told the American people its position on all questions within the scope of its activities. It has pointed out frequent Instances where the New Deal has subversively departed from our traditional institutions. New Deal spokesmen have resented having their real objectives exposed to public view and have retaliated with vilifications of the League. With the opinions of such as these, the League is not concerned. It has refused to engage in an exchange of epithets with those who have resorted to abuse because they could not refute the League's statements nor answer its arguments. The League will continue to keep faith with the many thousands of American citizens who have enlisted under its banner. It will not try to deceive with glittering promises. It will not lend itself to any attempt to arouse unjustified hopes that can ultimately bring only disappointment. But It will continue to emphasize the protection of the rights of the masses which the Constitution affords and it will be true to the pledge embodied in its charter to uphold and defend the Constitution and the Courts created to interpret that document. THE LEAGUE WILL ENDORSE NO PARTY. THE LEAGUE WILL ENDORSE NO CANDIDATE. THE LEAGUE HAS NOT CONTRIBUTED AND WILL NOT CONTRIBUTE TO ANY CAMPAIGN FUND. The League's position was made clear in a statement issued nearly two years ago within a few weeks after it was organized. There has been no deviation from that position which was reiterated In a statement adopted by the League's Executive Committee and made public on August 6. For the past two years or more the Roosevelt administration has been telling the people that it proposes to do things which simply cannot be done under the Constitution. The New Deal has found that out in the numerous instances in which its pet experiments have been invalidated by the Supreme Court. Nevertheless It has continued to make promises. Many of those who object to the New Deal's unconstitutional performances and its promises of similar performances in the future have asked, quite reasonably, that Mr. Roosevelt tell the country what changes he desires in the Constitution. It has been suggested that a good time to take the people into his confidence on this matter would be before the November election. Mr. Roosevelt, of course, has a perfect right to advocate an amendment to the Constitution and to seek to bring about its adoption. But the people have rights also. They certainly have a right to know where a presidential MR. WALLACE LETS THE CAT OUT ï»¿candidate stands on such an important issue and to know it in time to express their approval, or disapproval, by their ballots. Thus far Mr. Roosevelt has chosen to ignore this right of the electorate. Now it develops that the New Deal has devised a scheme for changing or nullifying the people's Constitution without letting the people have anything to say about it. That is the only logical inference which can be drawn from the recent writings of Henry A. Wallace, New Deal Secretary of Agriculture. Mr. Wallace has written a book entitled "Whose Constitution?" and he has also written an introduction to another book entitled "Storm Over the Constitution," by Irving Brant. In his introduction to the Brant book Mr. Wallace says: "The important thing .... is to elect Presidents who will nominate the right men to the Supreme Court." Thus Mr. Wallace lets the New Deal cat out of the bag. Never has there been a more barefaced proposal to prostitute one branch of the Federal Government to serve the ends of those in control of the other branches. It means that the New Deal is preparing to fill any vacancies which may develop on the Supreme Court with men who will put partisan politics ahead of their sworn duty to interpret the Constitution to the best of their ability. It is inconceivable that Mr. Wallace would have expressed such views in a campaign year unless he had good reason to believe that he was reflecting the views of Mr. Roosevelt. If Mr. Wallace did act on his own initiative and without the knowledge and consent of Mr. Roosevelt, and if Mr. Wallace's views are not those of Mr. Roosevelt, it is equally inconceivable that Mr. Wallace should be allowed to remain in the New Deal Cabinet. DID YOU KNOW THATâ€”_ (1) Under the New Deal the national debt burden has increased by $576 for every family in the United States? (2) New Deal expenditures in four years will be more than one-fourth greater than the direct cost to the United States of the World War? (3) For the four years of the Roosevelt Administration, Government expenditures will be nearly as much as for the preceding eight years? (4) That Government expenditures during the Roosevelt Administration will be at least one-third more than the total cost of Government from 1789 to 1913? (5) That the New Deal is collecting only about $1.00 for every $2.00 it expends, although you are paying higher taxes than ever before? These facts, and many others, are presented in detail in a League pamphlet entitled "New Deal Budget Policies" (Doc. No. 130). MAKE SURE THAT YOUR FRIENDS KNOW ABOUT THEM. PROTECT YOUR INSURANCE The League's Get-Out-the-Vote campaign is progressing rapidly. The response thus far indicates a very general realization among the voters of the Importance of expressing their will at the polls in November. Remember, the League is not asking anyone to vote for or against a particular party or a particular candidate. It is asking that each voter pledge himself to exercise the highest duty of citizenship and to solicit others to do the same. YOUR VOTE IS THE PREMIUM YOU PAY ON THE MOST VALUABLE INSURANCE POLICY EVER WRITTEN-THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. DON'T LET THAT POLICY LAPSE'. ï»¿PLANNED ECONOMY "Handicapped by the punctual rise of the incoming tide, 250 WPA workers were still busy on the east shore of Staten Island for a few hours yesterday building a boardwalk on a site which is under water at high tide. "Although the workmen have the assistance of mechanical pile drivers mounted on floats, they are unable to work during high tide because the water rises almost to the top of the piles. While waiting for the tide to ebb they just rest. Altogether since last October they have been working an average of four hours a day, occasionally six and sometimes less than four when high tide comes at midday. They also have a five-day week. â€¢ Â« â€¢ * * "Borough President Joseph A. Palma said yesterday that when the plans were approved by the Works Progress Administration in Manhattan last year, he asked that suction machines be sent to the site to start the project by drawing sand from the bottom of the bay to build up a new beach. Engineers had assured him, he said, that the most practical and economical way to construct the boardwalk would be to build the beach first and then erect the boardwalk on dry land. "But for some reason, which Mr. Palma said he could not explain, WPA authorities decided to build the project backward." â€” New York Times July 24, 19 36 MORE PLANNED ECONOMY "Unless some provision is made to finance the purchase, Chattanooga will have a new astronomical observatory without a telescope. "It was learned that purchase of the telescope was eliminated from an alternate when the observatory contract was let. It is estimated by Commissioner T. H. McMillan that the purchase and installation of this equipment will cost approximately $1,600. No provision is made for this item in the present PWA set-up. "An effort is being made to get a change order approved by Federal authorities providing for the buying of a twenty-inch telescope, said the commission." â€” Chattanooga News May 29, 19 36 ^MUJLLITERATURE PA.MPHLETS: "Social and Economic Experiments Under the Guise of Taxation" - An analysis of New Deal administration tax laws whose real object is the use of the taxing power to control and regiment business in contempt of the unanimous, verdict of the Supreme Court. (Doc. No. 129) "New Deal Budget Policies" - A review of the huge expenditures under the Roosevelt administration and the alarming increase in the national debt despite the most burdensome peace time taxes ever levied. (Doc. No. 130) " A_Reply _to_ Secretary Wallace's Question - Whose Constitution!__The Dominant Issue of the Campaign" - By Raoul E. Desvernine, Chairman, National Lawyers Committee and member of the Executive Committee of the American Liberty League. (Doc No. 131) ï»¿LEAFLETS: "Who Are the Economic Royalists?" - By J. H. VanDeventer, editor of "The Iron Age." ( Leaflet No. 15) "Danger Signals" - Contrasting the views of the New Deal Solicitor General, Mr. Stanley Reed, on the function of the Constitution with those of Senator Carter Glass of Virginia. (Leaflet No. 16) "And Satan Came Also" - An editorial published by the St. Louis Globe-Democrat discussing some reasons why the New Deal party objects to the American Liberty League. "An Open Letter to the President" - By Dr. Gus W. Dyer, Professor of Economics, Vanderbilt University, and a dirt farmer, who asks some pertinent questions concerning Mr. Roosevelt's acceptance speech at Philadelphia. (Leaflet No. 18) THE MORE ABUNDANT LIFE "That famous remark â€” 'It's a long time between drinks* â€”; said to have been made by a governor of North Carolina to a governor of South Carolina, or vice versa, was the subject of study today by a WPA writers' project. "An appeal was issued for all available information on the much publicized topic as the writers planned to include all the variations of the old story in the state guide book now being prepared." â€” Salisbury (N. C.) Post July 26, 1936 IIiÂ§^PNE_W2THJ^IRR0RS "Now it is a Townsendite who jumps on the American Liberty League. That organization, he charges, has hired Rev. Gerald Smith 'to sell the Townsend plan down the river.' This American Liberty League must be a powerful organization. It dominates the Republican party and names its candidates, it controls all conservative Democrats it doesn't hire, it furnishes and pays the leaders of the Share-the-Wea1th gang. Maybe we will learn next that It invented the 'New Deal' and nominated Mr. Roosevelt." â€” Lynchburg (Virginia) News Published by Carter Glass & Sons July 19, 19 36 "SOIL CONSERVATION IN A NUT SHELL" "30,000,000 idle acres in the U.S.A. means 30,000,000 producing acres in foreign lands. It means imports of farm products that are freely flowing to our shores. It means 2,000,000 idle workers in this country to be fed in the name of humanity. It means 2,000,000 busy workers In foreign lands. It means loss of our foreign trade. It means burdensome debts piled mountain high. It means artificial prices for food and clothing. It means more government employees appointed by Jim Farley to devise ways and means to feed the idle who have been victims of the 'brain trust'; the experimenters, the theorists, school teachers and professors who have about as much actual knowledge of business as the old maid who can tell the mother of ten children how to raise them. Imports of food and clothing are the witness that condemns and damns the policy. The emergency 'must' be continued at any cost, otherwise the money now being distributed would be withheld to pay debts and balance the budget. This of course would mean defeat for the administration." â€” By 0. H. Anderson, City Manager Fernandina, Florida.