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MERICAN IBERTY EAGUE
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NATIONAL PRESS BUILDING
WASHINGTON, D. C. .
VOLUME 2 SEPTEMBER 15, 1936 NUMBER 2
Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of the New Deal attack upon the American system 1s
its continued effort to set one group of citizens against another -· an effort to stir up
class warfare 1n the Un1ted States.
On September 50, 1954, 1n a rad1o address del1vered from the whlte House, Mr. Roose-
velt sa1d: .
"I am not for a return to that def1n1t1on of Liberty under which for many
years a free people were being gradually reglmented 1nto the servlce of the
On November 29, 1955, speaking at Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Roosevelt said:
"I can reallze that gentlemen 1n well-warmed and well-stocked clubs w1l1
discourse on the expenses of government and the suffering that they are going
through because the government 1s spending money for work relief. I wish I
could take some of these men out on the battle 11ne of human necessity and show
them the facts that we 1n the government are fac1ng."
On January 5, 1956, in his so—called Message to Congress on the state of the Union,
Mr. Roosevelt recalled h1s previous references to "entrenched greed" and "unscrupulous
money changers" and added: .
"They steal the l1very of great nat1onal constitutional ldeals to serve
` discredited special lnterests. As guardians and trustees for great groups of
1nd1v1dual stockholders, they wrongfully seek to carry the property and the
interests entrusted to them 1nto the arena of partlsan po11t1cs."
On January S, 1956, addressing the Flfty Dollar a plate Jackson Day dinner in Wash-
lngton, Mr. Roosevelt said:
_ "we are at peace with the world, but the fight goes on. Our frontiers today
are economic, not geograph1c._ Our enemles are the forces of pr1v1lege and greed
within our borders."
On June 27, 1956, Mr. Roosevelt delivered his acceptance address at Ph1ladelph1a,
1nclud1ng his references to "the pr1v1leged princes of these new economic dynast1es,"
and the "economlc royal1sts."
On August 10, 1956, Mr. Roosevelt addressed a letter to George L. Berry, President
of the organization facetiously known as "Labor's Nonpartisan League," in wh1ch, after
reviewing some of the legislation sponsored by the New Deal, he said:
"Some of the laws which were enacted were declared 1nval1d by the Supreme
Court. It 1s a notable fact that it was not the wage—earners who cheered when
those laws were declared 1nval1d." `
It 1s noteworthy that Mr. Roosevelt has pers1stently endeavored to arouse class
against class, presumably with the Idea that by this method he could lnsure perpetuation
of the New Deal 1n power. The issue he has raised 1s far more dangerous to the American
system of government than any of the other activities of his adminlstratlon.
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND A CLASS SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT CANNOT BOTH
ENDURE. THE CONSTITUTION RECOGNIZES NO CLASS DISTINCTIONS. MR. ROOSEVELT SEEKS T0
ESTABLISH THEM. E A
DICTATORSHIPS THE WORLD OVER ARE BASED UPON CLASS HATREDS AND CLASS-SEEKING FOR
POWER —· COMMUNIST IN RUSSIA, FASCIST IN ITALY, NAZI IN GERMANY.
WITH THE GOVERNMENTS OF OTHER NATIONS THE AMERICAN LIBERTY LEAGUE IS ONLY_INCIDENT¥
ALLY 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 or GOVERNMENT CONTEMPLATED BY THE CON~
STITUTION. IF ANY MAN, RICH OR POOR, HAS VIOLATED THE LAW OF THE LAND, MR. ROOSEVELT IS
IN CONTROL 0F 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 T0 CHANGE
THEM FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS. IF HE BELIEVES THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE AMENDED, HE
HAS THAT SAME CONGRESS T0 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? A
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"We advocate an immediate and drastic reduction of governmental expenditures by abolish-
lng useless commissions and offices, consolidating departments and bureaus, and eliminating
extravagance, to accomplish a saving of not less than twenty—f1ve per cent in the cost of
federal government." -— Democratic Platform of 1952.
1. Civil employees In the executive branch of the Government on June 50, 1956, the end
of the fiscal year, exceeded by 260,772 the number at the beginning of the administrations
2. The increase in employees of the ten Cabinet Departments was 72,027.
5. Employees of new agencies of a permanent character created under the New Deal totaled
47 g 7 i I
4. Employees of emergency agencies and those operating under the works program, 1nclud—
ing 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, 1956,
was $50,000,000 greater than 1n 1955, or at the rate of $600,000,000 a year in addition to
6. Expenditures of the Federal government were $5,145,000,000 for the fiscal year 1955
and $8,880,000,000 for the fiscal year 1956 —- AN INCREASE OF 72%. ”
On July 1, 1955, the National Debt of the United States was $22,558,672,l64. Your share
—- the share of each man, woman and child -- was $179.52. F
On July 1, 1954, the National Debt was $26,4B0,487,920. Your share was $215.99.
On July 1, 1955, the National Debt was $27,645,229,826. Your share was $225.69.
On July 1, 1956, the National Debt was $55,77S,545,494. Your share was $265.00.
( ;222ElY~2.QaQe£.p11@..Nel~gp2alI · Sm af aha
reasons why Mr. Roosevelt was able to boast in his Message to Congress (January 5, l956)¢
"In thirty-four months we have built up new instruments of public power." (Doc. No. 152)
...."l"aa....a I`a...l B....¤EQQBQEQLl12.EllQ.E9B£P.ll.XQaI-QI.?}-.a..lE<2‘L°.l2€>.a.l[ " A Sway af tha appalling
Increase in the number of government employees which has resulted from the attempted concen-
tration of power in the Federal government under the New Deal administration. (Doc. No. 155)
"The_gampa1gn Is OnL_Let_the_Pegple_Takg_Heeg; — By John E. Edgerton, President of the
Southern States Industrial Council. (Leaflet No. 19) ,
2§glf;§tylgg Liberalsi — An editorial reprinted from the Washington Post discussing the
real objectives of "Labor's Nonpartisan League." (Leaflet No. 20)
"Qnly One Main_Issue; - By J. Ben Wand, editor of the Southern Lumber Journal, Jackson-
ville, Florida, who discusses efforts to substitute a collectivist government for the tra-
ditional American system. (Leaflet No. 21)
jgg._;_5g_qt_§j - The truth about hidden taxes. (Leaflet No. 22)
"The Wa Dictatorships Start" — An editorial published by the Boston Transcript warning
of the danger of scrapping the constitutional balance of power among the executive, legisla-
tive and judicial branches of the government. (Leaflet No. 25)
"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. * * * Th1rty—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."
` H -— New York Daily News
A August 19, 1936
TBANKSL g _
"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