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Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 019. 1956-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 25, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/648.

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Facts Forum. (1956-12). Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 019. Facts Forum News, 1955-1956. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/648

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date December 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript ". . . a Communist is a Communist, whether he lives in Belgrade, in Moscow, or whether he lives in Danville, Virginia, or Washington, D. C "How far do yon think they carry their anti-anti-communism?" Mr. Lucas inquired. "It would be difficult to say how- far they carry it," replied Mr. Daniel, "but I think a specific example that I might cite i.s the library case in Pennsylvania. There the Fund for the Republic made- a $5,000 grant to a library because thex refused to fire- an employee who hael taken the Fifth Amendment before a congressional investigative l.eitly. We do not believe that that is in the- be-sl interest of the United States." Mr. Lucas inquired whether Mr. Daniel considered an anti-anti-Com- niunist organization a subversive group. "Well, it certainly would lend itself to the spread of Communist propaganda," replied Mr. Daniel. "Mr. Daniel, vein cited tin's woman who took the Fifth Amendment," pointed out Mr. Prina, asking, "Is it your opinion that anyone who takes the "Fifth Amendment, who relies on their constitutional rights, is a person that the Legion and other Americans should have nothing to do x\itli1J" •V/iy Hide Behind the Fifth? "I do not believe that the-y arc acting in the best interest of the United States, because if they have nothing to hide, I see no reason why the-y should take advantage of that clause n our Constitution," said Mr. Daniel, However, I wouldn't say that we shouldn't have anything to do with them." Asked what he felt inspired anti- piti-communism, Mr. Daniel ex- Bessed the opinion that it is elilficult to say what motivates individuals to pke positions on any issue-, although **e agreed that the term "I'uzzy-inind- Mness," suggested by Mr. Lucas, was Pretty descriptive. Vour predecessor characterized the fund for the Republic as a force for pQ," reminded Mr. Prina. "Would you so characterize it?" Mr. Daniel agreed that he certainly i95(- / FVis I'e.iu xi N't.ws, December. 1956 .ins* says would. He added that the Fund for the Republic is not only soft on communism, but, in his opinion, promotes the- Communist conspiracy in this country. "In other words," interpreted Mr. Prina, "you don't agree with Paul Hoffman, Chairman of the Board for the Fund, who said that it was con- ceix-ed as a weapon against communism?" Fund Job Pleases Soviets "No," replied Mr. Daniel, "and I think good proof of that is the fact that just yesterday an item came to my attention which was published in one of the- official publications of the Soviet Union, International Affairs, in which they said, among other things, that the Fund for the- He-public — and they mentioned Mr. Robert Maynard Hutchins — had done an outstanding job in the protection of civil liberties. "1 don't know exactly what they mean by 'an outstanding job,'" he continued, "but 1 would assume they meant a good job for the Communists. Certainly 1 don't think this Communist publication would praise them if they were doing a good job for America." Mr. Prina referred to Mr. Hutchins' statement some time after the Legion began attacking the Fund regarding "hysterical misrepresentation against the Fund by a few individuals ancl groups whose vociferousness exceeds their influence and intelligence." "Do you have any comment on that?" he inquired. In replying, Mr. Daniel pointed out that the .merican Legion comprises a cross-section of the nation's population, including some three million members, and that their auxiliary is a million-member organization. "The- Legion's charges made against the Fund for the Re-public were substantiated and approved by the American Legion Convention," he pointed out. "as well as by their Executive Committee. 1 do not believe Mr. Huchins proper!) characterized those Legion Commander W. C. Daniel who took these actions." "Commander Daniel, I seem to recall that your service in the Navy in World War If was of very brief duration," mentioned Mr. Lucas. "As a matter of fact, that it was about eighty-eight days. Isn't it rather strange that a veterans' organization the size of the American Legion would choose as its national leader a man with so brief a service in the military?" "I don't think so, Mr. Lucas," Mr. Daniel replied, "if you consider the nature and makeup of the organization. Time magazine quoted that statement, I believe, and as is characteristic of many of their quotations, they were a little on the liberal side. As a matter of fact, I only served sixty- seven days in the armed forces. "I was very proud, frankly, of those sixty-seven days," be continued, "because I was not blessed with such good health at that time, and after five attempts to enlist in all branches of the service I xvas finally selected ancl sent out to the Naval Training Station at Great Lakes. However, American Legion membership is not contingent upon any specific length of service. We are chartered by the Congress of the U. S., and the only qualification necessary is that a man must have served at least a day during the period ol national emergency in a shooting war." Mr. Daniel also pointed out that there hael been some reports that the American Legion is a selfish organization in that many of their programs are promoted for selfish interests. He stressed that under no condition (Continued on page 42) Page 17
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