Selling Our System
From an address by Dr. George S. Benson, Director
The National Program Letter
"The Positive Approach to Citizenship Education"
So\n one long ago said that the best
defense is a strong offense, and this
fact has been demonstrated over and
over again. All across America today
there needs to be instituted a good
offense — for American principles, its
governmental and economic system.
We need a real selling job to sell an
And don't forget, each oncoming
generation will be sold on some kind
°f ideology. It is our duty and our
responsibility as American citizens to
sell an oncoming generation on our
American way of life.
We have something to sell, and
Americans are great salesmen. But we
haven't been working at the job sell-
"■R our American way of life — not
"lany of us. We have assumed that
°ur children would just catch Americanism like they catch the mumps and
?* measles. Very early in the history
°f our country that was probably sale
'° assume, but it isn't today. We are
We generations away from the days of
•Washington and Jefferson. We are no
|Qnger around the family hearth tell-
!nR stories of Patrick Henry and Abra-
In addition, we now have a great
subversive propaganda campaign in
°.uf midst, financed with some $40 nu'l-
'°" annually, calculated to destroy
ne faith of all citizens, especially our
youth, in our American way of life.
This vast campaign, which reaches
into every phase of our life, is especially designed to convince the children and youth of America that our
American system is no good, that it is
outmoded. . . .
We've the greatest product in the
world. Our system makes possible a
way of life that achieves the two chief
objectives of mankind — freedom and
In America we have the greatest degree of personal freedom that any civilized people ever enjoyed. We have
the greatest degree of economic welfare. No one can dispute these facts.
In a world that has been turned
toward socialism by power-seeking
political leaders and demagogues, our
best assurance of maintaining the
blessings of the American way of life
is for our people, and especially our
youth, to understand these great advantages and how they are made possible through the working of our constitutional government and our economic system founded on the principle
of private ownership of property.
Once they understand, they will become salesmen of the product.
We cannot feel safe in America —
safe from socialism in one form or another — until every American becomes
sold on our system and a salesman
1;'s not heen blameless — its members
Ulve confirmed appointments with
scarcely a passing glance.-1
*»s a concrete example of the abys-
?*-l lack of judicial experience among
^ Justices of the Supreme Court,
, "' i of them have served on the
°nch ;t mere total of ten and one-half
'"'"'- among them. The other six had
o previous experience as judges.
." ''•'' fustice Warren is among the lat-
Thomas Jefferson sounded the tin sin
fkinst the shape of things likely to
l'"""' when he stated that the Court
^""'d. like a thief in the night, steal
*ay the liberties of the people. He
"ir- legislative and executive branches
Acrs Forum News, September, 1956
may sometimes err, but elections ancl dependence will brin"; them to rights. The
judiciary branch is the instrument which,
working like gravity, without intermission,
is to press ns at last into one consolidated
Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. (D-N.C),
in a speech before Harvard Law
School alumni, saiel that the stone lettering over the Supreme Court Building reads: "Equal Justice Under Law."
Ervin stated that the following superscription might be more apropos: "Not
justice under law, but justice according to the personal notions of the temporary occupants of this building."-3
si Congressional Record (1956), p. A3969.
--'Senator James O. Eastland, "Era of Judicial
Tyranny" (January 26, 1956), Spotlight.
Manchester Union Leader (N.II.I. Juiu- 20.
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