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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 8, September 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 8, September 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date September 1955
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. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript The Constitution as a Fire Insurance Policy by Clarence Manion Noted Lecturer and Former Dean. Notre Dame School of Lai WK live in a countr) of tightly-organized eiml expertly-directed special interests. There has never been a time in the history of the world when there was grouped together in one country so ii.am well-financed, well-oriented, and tightly-organized special interests of men ami women, and all of these special inter- ests know what they want. The farmers in Seattle knew what they wanted and they resolved in favor of it. The doctors in Chicago knew what they wanted and they resolved in favor of it. \ml -o eliel the brewers at New Orleans and the manufacturers in Boston, and so all over the countn. In all of the I nited States I have nol found any group of people unileil and organized with determination in the general interest of this country, and il is precise!) because '.I lack of organization in the general interest of llie United States thai it i- critically late in the his- lorv of lhe' I nited States. Occasionally, there are- chilling r.'- minders in the- headlines in the news ac- counts. It has been several vi'eirs now since vou read about the governmenl of Guatemala, suddenly eiml peremptorily seizing 230 thousand acres of land belonging to tin- United Fruil Company. Two hundred thirty thousand acres ol land is quite a gob of geography. N..». what did the United Fruit Coin- pan) do about it? They didn't do anything about it. There isn't anything any. bod) can do about a seizure of that type in Guatemala or any other country ..I the world except tin- I nited States. We had a similar seizure in this coun in a few months afterward. The then President of the [nited States seize! tin steel mills in wheel lie undoubtedly believed was a justifying emergency. The ease' wi'iit lo the court. Ultimately lli" Supreme Court of the I nited States quite casually decided thai tin' Presidenl would have lo give the property I.ink because he had violated something called the Constitution of the United States. The Cieiistiiulie.il is the general interest ol ihi- country. The Constitution is the real Ine^iin'ss of the farmers, the merchants, llii' manufacturers, the doctors ami the lawyers. Tl there wasn'l any Constitution of the I nited States, there wouldn't be a farmer in Seattle, or ;i elm leer in I hi *This article- e- .eel edited copy oi ee -|..aa I. given liefe.re tlle Louisiana Steele- Heir \—... lee tion an.l copyrighted !.^ the- Louisiana Um Journal. Page 8 cago — there wouldn't l.e any private business in Ibis country. We would all l.e- working for the stale. The Constitution of this country is the difference between Guatemala and the 1 nited Slate-. That i- the measure of difference between the Iron Curtain and the free world. Anil there' isn't any free world oulside eef the geographical limitations of our country. Please understand that. And the thing that makes our country free is not its geography, not its glorious history, not its traditions. The thing thai makes the country free is the constitutional limitations that are placed upon lhe government of this country. Without those limitations, we would all be slaves. How diel we happen to have a constitution? What is its genesis? Recentlv some Polish lawyer ran past the armed guards of his U.N delegation into the freedom ol New ^ ork City. Fortunately, he was able l.. break loose, because he had no wile or child in Poland who would be a hostage in such an event. This Polish lawyer has been telling us ever since as a preface to all of his radio ami television interviews. "America," he says, "is the last remaining hope of man- kind." Do we have to have em escapee from the Iron Curtain to tell us that to underscore the facl of it? "The' I nileal Stales of America is the last remaining hope' of mankind." Suppose the I nited States disappeared from the face of lhe- earth tonighl as \tlanli- i- supposed to have disappeared into the sea in the ancient days? Atlantis was a prosperous, healthy, scientific continent, too. but it disappeared from the (ace of the e-arth. If the I nited Steele's of America disappeared tonight, lhe rest ol mankind would immediatelj be subjected to a torture' so terrible, -.. demoralizing thai ihe- people who survived ii would envj ei- ulio eliiln I sur\ Ive il. That i- whal the United Males means. \- long ee- we' exisl ei- a free, independent, and prosperous people, communism can attain no permanent victor) ems where on earth. Lei nn- repeal that. The fact of our .■vi-leaiee' gives the- lie' Iel the- Ceinimun i-l pretension thai only in a state of slaver) can men be fed and clothed and housed. That is the lie they sell to the millions who buy il all around lhe world. Well, as long a- people live in a Irei prosperous, strong, and independent United States of America, the world eem look and see in us the' refutation of tin' Communist claim, And so I tell you that we have a moral obligation, not only to our children, bul to our brothers and sisters around the world, to keep tbe United Stales free and strong and independent We need, in other words, to reinculcate in our minds and to reestablish in our vocabularies the word and the meaning of American patriotism. That word lias dropped oul ..I America's lexicon. It needs to be revived, because Amen can patriotism is the besl hope of lln world, just as America's security einel independence are the best hope' of tin world. The United States of America to which the world looks hopefully and enviously is the incarnation of four basic fail-. and here is where our education has fallen down. I don'l mean education merely on the campus. I mean the adull education thai ought to be going on all lhe time. America, through our dereliction, ami perhaps through our forgctfulness. has forgotten the four basic facts upon which tin' wliole- glory, grandeur, ami future ol Ihis country logically swing. What are the four facts of America" life? Well, ii s,, happens that they wen spoken with the firsl breath of lhe new' life of the republic. There weis a linn' when the I niled States was nol llie- lio|"' anil the envy of lhe world at all. Then' was a time' when the United States wa- a vacant lot and on lo lhat space i ein" ei group of determined, |ialrioli< men- men who were passionately devoted i(l liberty and independence. There on tl"' vacant lot that was Vmerica In ITT<*- these men wrote a document called Th1 Declaration of American Independent* As a matter of fail, "independence was the last ami leasl importanl thing declared in lhat document. The) eliel" ' call ii a "declaration of independence. They called it a "declaration,' ami the! began that declaration with a ringi"? statement of truth, of fad. They call** them self-evident liullis, and there wef* just four of them. I tell you lhal win" those four basic fads are denied* doubted, or discounted, America »'' collapse, definitely, whether we an' ovef' um militarily or not. "We hold this truth lo l.e' se'll-e-\ ideal- FACTS FORUM NEWS, September, It*1
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