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"Bulletin Of The American Liberty League", Vol. 2 No. 2, September 15, 1936. American Liberty League. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky kukm59m61_b_0014 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. 2, September 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 Dl II 1 CTIkl NATIONAL PRESS BUILDING nil II l1 1 lx WASHINGTON, D. C. \J kÂ» b 1 1 I ^ VOLUME 2 SEPTEMBER 15, 1936 NUMBER 2 FOMENTING CLASS HATRED Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of the New Deal attack upon the American system is its continued effort to set one group of citizens against another â€” an effort to stir up class warfare In the United States. On September 30, 1934, in a radio address delivered from the White House, Mr. Roosevelt said: "I am not for a return to that definition of Liberty under which for many years a free people were being gradually regimented into the service of the privileged few." On November 29, 1935, speaking at Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Roosevelt said: "I can realize that gentlemen in well-warmed and well-stocked clubs will discourse on the expenses of government and the suffering that they are going through because the government is spending money for work relief. I wish I could take some of these men out on the battle line of human necessity and show them the facts that we in the government are facing." On January 3, 1936, In his so-called Message to Congress on the state of the Union, Mr. Roosevelt recalled his previous references to "entrenched greed" and "unscrupulous money changers" and added: "They steal the livery of great national constitutional ideals to serve discredited special Interests. As guardians and trustees for great groups of individual stockholders, they wrongfully seek to carry the property and the interests entrusted to them into the arena of partisan politics." On January 8, 1936, addressing the Fifty Dollar a plate Jackson Day dinner in Washington, Mr. Roosevelt said: "We are at peace with the world, but the fight goes on. Our frontiers today are economic, not geographic. Our enemies are the forces of privilege and greed within our borders." On June 27, 1936, Mr. Roosevelt delivered his acceptance address at Philadelphia, including his references to "the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties," and the "economic royalists." On August 10, 1936, Mr. Roosevelt addressed a letter to George L. Berry, President of the organization facetiously known as "Labor's Nonpartisan League," in which, after reviewing some of the legislation sponsored by the New Deal, he said: "Some of the laws which were enacted were declared invalid by the Supreme Court. It is a notable fact that it was not the wage-earners who cheered when those laws were declared Invalid." It is noteworthy that Mr. Roosevelt has persistently endeavored to arouse class against class, presumably with the idea that by this method he could Insure perpetuation ï»¿of the New Deal in power. The issue he has raised is far more dangerous to the American system of government than any of the other activities of his administration. THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND A CLASS SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT CANNOT BOTH ENDURE. THE CONSTITUTION RECOGNIZES NO CLASS DISTINCTIONS. MR. ROOSEVELT SEEKS TO ESTABLISH THEM. DICTATORSHIPS THE WORLD OVER ARE BASED UPON CLASS HATREDS AND CLASS-SEEKING FOR POWER â€” COMMUNIST IN RUSSIA, FASCIST IN ITALY, NAZI IN GERMANY. WITH THE GOVERNMENTS OF OTHER NATIONS THE AMERICAN LIBERTY LEAGUE IS ONLY INCIDENTALLY CONCERNED. THEIR FORMS OF GOVERNMENT ARE THEIR OWN BUSINESS. BUT THE LEAGUE IS CONCERNED AND IT BELIEVES ALL PATRIOTIC CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE CONCERNED WITH ANY ATTEMPT TO FOIST EITHER A COMMUNIST OR A FASCIST SYSTEM UPON THIS NATION. GOVERNMENT BY DENUNCIATION IS NOT THE KIND OF GOVERNMENT CONTEMPLATED BY THE CONSTITUTION. IF ANY MAN, RICH OR POOR, HAS VIOLATED THE LAW OF THE LAND, MR. ROOSEVELT IS IN CONTROL OF THE MACHINERY BY WHICH THAT MAN SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. IF MR. ROOSEVELT DOES NOT BELIEVE THE LAWS ARE ADEQUATE, HE HAS HAD A RUBBER STAMP CONGRESS TO CHANGE THEM FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS. IF HE BELIEVES THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE AMENDED, HE HAS THAT SAME CONGRESS TO INITIATE THE AMENDMENT AND HE HAS A CONSIDERABLE MAJORITY OF STATE LEGISLATURES DOMINATED BY MEMBERS BEARING THE SAME PARTY LABEL AS HIS OWN. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT MR. ROOSEVELT HAS SET UP A STRAW MAN MERELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF KNOCKING HIM DOWN, WITH THE INCIDENTAL HOPE OF DIVERTING ATTENTION FROM THE GHASTLY WASTE,THE MAD EXTRAVAGANCE AND THE UNJUSTIFIED EXPERIMENTS OF HIS OWN ADMINISTRATION? PROMISESI PROMISES1 PROMISES! "We advocate an Immediate and drastic reduction of governmental expenditures by abolishing useless commissions and offices, consolidating departments and bureaus, and eliminating extravagance, to accomplish a saving of not less than twenty-five per cent in the cost of federal government." â€” Democratic Platform of 1932. 1. Civil employees in the executive branch of the Government on June 30, 1936, the end of the fiscal year, exceeded by 260,772 the number at the beginning of the administration^ 2. The increase in employees of the ten Cabinet Departments was 72,027. 3. Employees of new agencies of a permanent character created under the New Deal totaled 47,754. 4. Employees of emergency agencies and those operating under the works program, including special personnel assigned to regular departments and boards, totaled 144,499. 5. The monthly payroll of the civil employees in the executive branch in June, 19 36, was $50,000,000 greater than in 1933, or at the rate of $600,000,000 a year in addition to expense allowances. 6. Expenditures of the Federal government were $5,143,000,000 for the fiscal year 1933 and $8,880,000,000 for the fiscal year 1936 -- AN INCREASE OF 72%. "SPENDING TO SAVE" On July 1, 19 33, the National Debt of the United States was $22,538,672,164. Your share â€” the share of each man, woman and child â€” was $179.32. On July 1, 1934, the National Debt was $26,480,487,920. Your share was $213.99. On July 1, 19 35, the National Debt was $27,645,229,826. Your share was $225.69. On July 1, 1936, the National Debt was $33,778,543,494. Your share was $263.00. ï»¿GET OUT THE VOTE The vacation season Is over and the presidential election of 1936 is less than two months away. The American Liberty League is not advising either Its members or other citizens HOW they should, vote. The League neither supports nor opposes any Individual candidate. But the League is making every effort to induce every citizen to exercise his solemn duty by casting his ballot in November â€” and casting it with a full realization that the fate of constitutional government in the United States may be at stake. The League's Get-Out-the-Vote campaign is progressing satisfactorily. There has been an enthusiastic response from League members and other Interested citizens. Numerous civic organizations have cooperated and are continuing to do so. EVERY MEMBER OF THE LEAGUE IS URGED MOST EARNESTLY TO DO EVERYTHING WITHIN HIS POWER TO INDUCE AS MANY CITIZENS AS POSSIBLE TO PLEDGE THEMSELVES THAT THEY WILL VOTE IN NOVEMBER. THE TRUTH ABOUT TAXES The League now has ready for distribution a short leaflet telling the unvarnished truth about hidden taxes affecting the average family's budget. It points out, among other things, that YOU pay: Two cents In taxes every time you buy a loaf of bread; Six cents in taxes every time you buy a package of cigarettes; Forty cents in taxes out of every dollar you spend for gasoline. It is the hope of the League that every one of its members will aid in placing this publication in the hands of American citizens. Write to National Headquarters, National Press Building, Washington, D. C, and get your supply of "Tax Facts." (Leaflet No. 22) LEAGUE LITERATURE PAMPHLETS j_ ^Iltelegjit^oji-P.l-Lj^ - some of the reasons why Mr. Roosevelt was able to boast in his Message to Congress (January 3, 19 36): "In thirty-four months we have built up new Instruments of public power." (Doc No. 132) "Federal Bureaucracy in the Fourth Year qf__the_Nej^^ea]/ - A study of the appalling increase In the number of government employees which has resulted from the attempted concentration of power In the Federal government under the New Deal administration. (Doc. No. 133) LEAFLETS: "The Campaign Is On; Let the People Take_ Hee_d" - By John E. Edgerton, President of the Southern States Industrial Council. (Leaflet No. 19) "Self-Styled Liberals" - An editorial reprinted from the Washington Post discussing the real objectives of "Labor's Nonpartisan League." (Leaflet No. 20) ï»¿"Only One Main Issue" - By J. Ben Wand, editor of the Southern Lumber Journal, Jacksonville, Florida, who discusses efforts to substitute a collectivlst government for the traditional American system. (Leaflet No. 21) "Tax Facts" - The truth about hidden taxes. (Leaflet No. 22) "The Way Dictatorships Start" - An editorial published by the Boston Transcript warning of the danger of scrapping the constitutional balance of power among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government. (Leaflet No. 23) PLANNED ECONOMY "The most volcanic shakeup that has yet hit the Works Progress Administration in New York City was promised yesterday by Administrator Brehon B. Somervell if he confirms charges that dead men, convicts and persons with non-existent addresses are now on the payrolls. "Col. Somervell said he intended to confer at once with Col. William E. Hoyer, head of the WPA survey group whose investigation showed that 27 per cent, of WPA employees did not live at the addresses they gave. * * * Thirty-five persons are employed on the survey project headed by Col. Hoyer. * * * "It soon discovered that 'employees' were 'living' in vacant lots, theatres, skyscrapers, schools or half way out in East River. Some were in jail, some had been dead for months, some were wintering in Florida, one was in Europe, another was visiting in Mexico. But all were collecting pay checks regularly, Col. Hoyer's agents reported." â€” New York Daily News August 19, 19 36 THANKS! "I desire to thank the American Liberty League for the excellent publications it has forwarded to me. I have found it a pleasure to pass them along to arouse others to the high purpose so unmistakably the view in them all. * * * * * "Its mission is too lofty to be affected by calumny. The founders of the Liberty League have reared a structure more wisely, I firmly believe, than they contemplated in the day of its origin." â€” Excerpt from a letter written by Edward A. Burnett, Attorney at Law, 4 Court Street, Plymouth, Mass. SAFEGUARDING DEMOCRACY "Democracy took Its rise In Greece about 500 B. C, and with Pericles as head of the State, the common man had a voice in government, and Greece reached a high grade of civilization, which lasted only about one hundred years, for demagogues supplanted statesmen. The common man failed to understand that he must have the wisdom to select rulers who are statesmen, men trained in the many complicated problems of government. They listened to the eloquence of the words of demagogues, lost their liberties, and Greek civilization declined and has not arisen. That is a brief statement of Greece that might be presented by a historian that would teach the common man a lesson that he might heed in the decline of Democracy in America." â€” Excerpt from a letter by M. L. Deyo, Pasadena, California. "UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION" Attractive automobile emblems bearing the legend "Uphold the Constitution" may be obtained through the National Headquarters of the American Liberty League at a retail price of 256 each. These emblems are suitable for attachment to the license plates. They are made of substantial metal with a white enameled background and blue embossed lettering.