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"Bulletin Of The American Liberty League", Vol. 2 No. 3, October 15, 1936. American Liberty League. 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Digital Library Services, University of Kentucky Libraries Lexington, Kentucky kukm59m61_b_0015 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. 3, October 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»¿*\ f o * V* NATIONAL PRESS BUILDING WASHINGTON, D. C. American Liberty League BULLETIN VOLUME 2 OCTOBER 15,1936 NUMBER 3 DO YOUR PART For the past two years the American Liberty League has been engaged In an Intensive educational campaign to bring home to American citizens the truth about constitutional Issues. The League has published many pamphlets and leaflets, Including addresses by some of the nation's ablest public men, jurists, publicists and economists. Millions of pieces of literature have been distributed. Many thousands are still available. The League calls upon its members to cooperate in bringing about the widest possible distribution of this literature within the coming few weeks. On page 4 of this Bulletin there is a list showing publications available. Ask National Headquarters for the number you are willing to distribute do your part: "THE WAY WE DO THINGS" "THE WAY WE DO THINGS IS NEARLY ALWAYS THE MEASURE OF OUR SINCERITY-" â€” Franklin D. Roosevelt, Butte, Montana, Seotember 19, 19 32. "Where there Is vision, there is tolerance; and where there is tolerance, there Is peace. And I beg you to think of tolerance and peace not as indifferent and neutral virtues but as active and positive principles. "* * * it Is the peculiar task of Harvard and every other university and college in this country to foster and maintain not only freedom within Its own walls but also tolerance, self-restraint, fair-dealing and devotion to the truth throughout America." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harvard University, September 18, 1936. "I can realize that gentlemen In well-warmed and well-stocked clubs will discourse onÂ»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. " - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Atlanta, Georgia, November 29, 1935. ï»¿""We have earned the hatred of entrenched greed. The very nature of the problem that we faced made it necessary to drive some people from power and strictly to regulate others. I made that plain when I took the oath of office in March, 1933. I spoke of the practices of the unscrupulous money changers who stood indicted in the court of public opinion. I spoke of the rulers of the exchanges of mankind's goods, who failed through their own stubborness and their own Incompetence. * * * "They seek â€” this minority in business and finance â€” to control and often do control and use for their own purposes legitimate and highly honored business associations; they engage in vast propaganda to spread fear and discord among the people â€” they would 'gang up' again the people's liberties. "The principle that they would Instill into government if they succeed in seizing oower is well shown by the principles which many of them have instilled Into their own affairs; autocracy toward labor, toward stockholders and toward consumers. Autocrats in smaller things, they seek autocracy in bigger things. 'By their fruits ye shall know them.' * * * "Our resplendent economic autocracy does not want to return to that individualism of which they prate, even though the advantages under that system went to the ruthless and the strong. They realize that In thirty-four months we have built up new Instruments of public power. In the hands of a people's government this power is wholesome and proper. But In the hands of political puppets of an economic autocracy such power would provide shackles for the liberties of the people. Give them their way and they will take the course of every autocracy of the past â€” power for themselves, enslavement for the public." â€” Franklin D. Roosevelt, "Message to Congress," January 3, 19 36. "Out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties. New kingdoms were built upon the concentrations of control over material things. There was no place among this royalty for our many thousands of small business men and merchants.* * * "It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control of Government Itself. In its service, new mercenaries sought to regiment the people. * * * "Against economic tyranny such as this, the citizen could only appeal to the organized power of government. "The royalists of the economic order have conceded that political freedom was the business of the Government, but they have maintained that economic slavery was nobody's business." â€” Franklin D. Roosevelt, Philade3phia, Pennsylvania, June 27, 19 36. "THE WAY WE DO THINGS IS NEARLY ALWAYS THE MEASURE OF OUR SINCERITY." YOUR VOTE â€” WHAT IS IT WORTH? For several months past the American Liberty League has been conducting a campaign designed to get out the vote In the coming election. The League has made no effort to influence voters for or against a particular candidate or a particular party. It has merely appealed to all American citizens to exercise their right of franchise. There has been a widespread and enthusiastic response to this appeal, but there is still much work to be done and the time remaining is short. THE LEAGUE MAKES THIS FINAL APPEAL TO ALL OF ITS MEMBERS TO DO EVERYTHING WITHIN THEIR POWER TO INDUCE AS MANY CITIZENS AS POSSIBLE TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 3RD. WHAT DOES YOUR VOTE MEAN? WHAT IS IT WORTH? Under the American constitutional system you have certain rights. You have the right of religious freedom. You have the right of free speech. You enjoy the right to a free and uncensored press. You enjoy the right of trial by jury if you are accused of crime. Your property and your papers and your home are protected against the arbitrary whims of government officials. These are only some of your rights. Why do you enjoy them? ï»¿YOU ENJOY THESE RIGHTS BECAUSE THEY ARE PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT WHAT PROTECTS THE CONSTITUTION? YOUR VOTE AND THE VOTES OF OTHER CITIZENS. If you do not choose to exercise your right to vote and If, subsequently, you suffer from the policies and acts of public officials, you have no grounds for complaint. The time to protect your rights is on election day. If you choose to go to a movie or to play golf or to Indulge In some other form of recreation instead of casting your ballot, that is your privilege. But, you are not fulfilling the first duty of citizenship if you do so. AREN'T YOUR RIGHTS PROTECTED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF MORE VALUE TO YOU THAN SOME TEMPORARY PLEASURE ON ELECTION DAY? IF YOU THINK SO, THERE IS ONLY ONE THING TO DO. THAT IS TO VOTE â€” VOTE YOURSELF AND USE YOUR INFLUENCE TO INDUCE AS MANY OTHERS AS POSSIBLE TO DO LIKEWISE. SOME VIEWS OF THE AMERICAN LIBERTY LEAGUE Following are excerpts quoted from unsolicited letters appraising the work of the American Liberty League: "Personally, I think you all have done a grand job. â€¢ I measure it In three ways. First and foremost, how right you are according to the lessons of history. Second, how the people are coming to appreciate the fundamentals which you are endeavoring to preserve. And third, the bitterness which it is occasioning among those who would destroy these fundamentals, either from uninformed theory or pure lust of power." â€” From a prominent attorney of New York City. "I have received from week to week and almost from day to day the marvelous series of addresses which the American Liberty League has circulated, and I am grateful to you for enabling me to follow this educational and patriotic work done under your direction." â€” From the president of a great educational institution. "I have seen a lot of criticisms, of course, of the League, but I have never seen In any single criticism an effort to show that either the statement of facts or the principles advocated therein were wrong. Personally I am convinced that the League is performing, and will continue to perform, an invaluable public service." â€” From the president of a large railroad. "PLEASE REMIT: $2,120 1 " "When you total your current bills on the tenth of next month, it would be a good Idea to add in an item that you may not even realize you now owe â€” your share in the national debt, which is a first mortgage on your business, your earnings and your home. "Today the total governmental debt stands at the record figure of $53,000,000,000, of which Federal debt accounts for $34,000,000,000 and local debt for $19,000,000,000, averaging $424 for each man, woman, and child in this country â€” $2,120 for a family of five. "As an obligation it comes ahead of your grocery bill, dentist bill, or rent. It will have to be paid â€” by your children or their children's children, If not by you. The only source of governmental credit Is your property. The only source of governmental revenue Is the extraction of money from your pocket, through taxation, to pay government bills. "The national debt is constantly growing, and some authorities anticipate it will be increased by ten to thirty per cent within the comparatively near future. If the citizens of this country permit continued and unrestrained prodigality in government, they should not kick about following the Pied Piper to the poorhouse." â€” The Trades Union News Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ï»¿LEAGUE LITERATURE The League publications listed below are free for the asking. Sign the blank below and indicate the number of copies of each publication that you are willing to distribute. Send the blank to the League's National Headquarters, National Press Building, Washington, D. C., and the literature will be send as long as the supply lasts. ACT PROMPTLYi PAMPHLETS Doc. No. Title of Publication AmL" No. Title of Publication 17 Inflation ___126 The American Form of Government, the 21 The Holding Company Bill Supreme Court & the New Deal 66 The National Labor Relations Act ___127 Socialization of the Electric Power 72 Dangerous Experimentation Industry 75 Economic Planning-Mlstaken But Not 129 Social & Economic Experiments Under New the Guise of Taxation 78 Work-Relief 130 New Deal Budget Policies 80 The A.A.A. & Our Form of Government 132 Delegation of Legislative Power To 81 Alternatives To the American Form of the Executive Under the New Deal Government __133 Federal Bureaucracy In the Fourth 91 Professors and the New Deal Year of the New Deal 98 Wealth and Income __134 The Dual Form of Government and the 102 The Townsend Plan New Deal 117 New Work Relief Funds SPEECHES 55 Legislation - By Coercion or Constitu tion by Jouett Shouse 73 The Economic Necessity In the Southern States For A Return To the Constitution by Forney Johnston 82 The Real Significance of the Constitutional Issue by R. E. Desvernine 85 The Fallacies & Dangers of the Town-send Plan by Dr. Walter E. Spahr 87 What of 19 36? by James P. Warburg 88 Americanism At the Crossroads by R. E. Desvernine 89 The Constitution & the New Deal by James M. Carson 90 The American Constitution - Whose Heritage? By Frederick M. Stlnchfield 92 The American Form of Government - Let Us Preserve It by Albert C. Ritchie _ 93 The Redistribution of Power by John W. Davis 95 The President Has Made the Issue by. Charles I. Dawson _ 97 The Facts In the Case by Alfred E. Smith __121 An American Philosophy by Jouett Shouse __135 A Rising Or A Setting Sun? by Wm. R. Perkins LEAFLETS 5 A Farmer Speaks 6 Will It Be Ave Caesar? 9 Government By Busybodies 10 Gratitude In Politics 12 New Labels For Old Poisons 14 Government By Law Still Forced To Fight Against the New Deal 15 Who Are the Economic Royalists?. 18 An Open Letter To the President 20 Self-Styled Liberals 22 Tax Facts 23 The Way Dictatorships Start 24 Abolishing the States NAME . STREET CITY . STATE