that if this great instrument of international cooperation fails, then the law
of the jungle prevails and modern civilization is on the precipice of disaster.
The achievements of the United Nations are significant. Its future possibilities are unlimited. The time is right for
the government of the United States to
lay before the I'nited Nations Assembly
a comprehensive program for building
a true and honorable peace—and pursue
it relentlessly, boldly, and confidently.
The program I have outlined here,
while not new, is, in my mind, a proper
emphasis of what needs to be done.
Let us again and again challenge the
Soviet Union to fulfill the requirements
of the charter. Ask her to join with us
in the expansion of the agencies and
services of the Inited Nations. Ask her
to join with us. not only in a program
of disarmament, but in a program of
economic rehabilitation under the guidance and direction of the United Nations. Let us be so bold and daring and
imaginative with our program and proposals that a refusal on the part of the
Soviet to go along will leave her alone
It is time we recognized that power
i- more than armaments and wealth.
Power is people and ideals—people who
aspire to freedom and dignity; ideals
that make possible an enlightened and
I shall long remember what the Prime
Minister of Burma had to say on his
recent visit here to Washington. He said,
"American ideals are more explosive
than your atom bombs."
Here is the voice of the new Asia
asking us to reassert our faith; asking
us to live by lhe inspiration of our own
traditions. Reminding us that the
strength of the spirit is mightier than
It is this strength of spirit that represents our superiority over communism.
It is this God-given strength that appeals
to God's children.
Address of Hon. William E. Jenner, of
Indiana, before Magna Charta Dames,
Short-ham Hotel, Washington, D.C., April
Ein.Mi AlXEN Poe tells a story of a
beautiful house, whose fine lines and
perfect proportions stood out against the
ape, and brought a sense of dignity and strength to all the neighborhood.
Nothing happened lo the house, that
, outward blow or injury. But it
was affected by an inward decay. The
change was imperceptible, nothing one
could grasp or measure. But slowly the
great house changed. All its strength
and beauty disintegrated until it became
only a corpse of a house, ready to fall
This story, called the Fall of the
House of Usher, is a symbol of American foreign policy over the last seven or
Even a few years ago, our country
stood like a tower of strength, bringing
security not only to our own people but
to those who loved freedom everywhere.
Nothing has happened to our country,
at least not outwardly. No one has attacked it. No blow has been struck. But
it has suffered an inner decay. The
change is almost imperceptible. No event
or act marks a clear turning point. It is
almost impossible to grasp what has
happened. But the beauty and dignity
and strength of America are slowly
dying. The noble edifice of constitutional
liberty is silently disintegrating into a
How dare I stand before you and
make such a statement, when no single
injury or weakness is visible, no single
event marks the moment when the sickness struck?
I am going to remind you of the
various foreign policies of the American
government over the last years, hut I
shall have to make two lists. First, I
shall describe the bold new policy that
was pronounced at each successive stage.
Then I shall describe the pitiful craven
policy that replaced it in action.
This continuous silent disintegration
of every policy we make is due to the
most important political fact in the
world today. We have in the United
States not one center of government
policy but two. One center I shall call
the colleetivist one-worlders. The other
is the legal constitutional government.
The colleetivist bloc has been operating now for 20 years. It has the strong
root system tbat comes from 20 years
of unhampered growth. The chief characteristic of ibis colleetivist bloc is that
it operates above the. Constitution and
above the law. Its members are carrying
out a secret revolutionary purpose, without any attempt to tell lhe American
people what they are doing, or asking
I say that there is an irrepressible con*
flict between this elite which operates
above the Constitution and the laws, and
the American people, and those members of Congress, of lhe court-, and of
the executive branch, who operate under
the Constitution and the law.
I am taking foreign policy as the besl
example of the tug-of-war going on constantly within the I nited Slates, be-
twi-i-n these two forms of government.
In thc Teheran-1 alia period, roughly
1942 to 1916. Ihe Big Three dominated
world policy-making. The American
elite, working with the Communist leadership, dominated the Big Three. The
elite gave the Soviet Union the great
heartland of Central Europe from the
Baltic States to the borders of Greece.
They let East Germany fall to the Reds.
They gave the U.S.S.R. the keys to the
heartland of Asia, the mainland of
You will ask why did Britain and the
United Stales agree to this remaking of
the world when there was no profit in it
except for Stalin and his friends? Recent publication of the Yalta papers, and
the much-needed publication of the
Teheran and Potsdam records, will show
how the elite were dizzy with success
from exercising their fantastic war
I am concerned with a later and I
believe a far more dangerous period.
The American people were never foolish enough to accept the Soviet Union
as an ally. We did not accept lhe Czar's
government as our ally in the First
World War against Germany. The idea
of our alliance with the U.S.S.R. is a
mylh, invented by the political elite and
spread by their docile press.
Many in the government, in the military service and in the press, had grave
doubts about lhe postwar conduct of the
Soviet Union but they could not be
heard in tbe din of victory.
Slowly the true Americans began to
point out the danger to our security.
The first victory of the pro-American
group was signalized by the Forrestal
proposal of military support for Greece
and Turkey. President Truman told the
Congress on March 12. 1947, "At the
present moment in world history nearly
every nation must choose between alter-
rtative ways of life. . . .
"One way of life is based on the will
of the majority, and is distinguished by
free- Institutions, representative government, free' elections, guaranties of individual liberty, freedom of speech and
religion, and freedom from political oppression.
"The second way of life is based upon
the will of a minority forcibly imposed
upon thc majorily. It relies upon terror
and oppression, a controlled press and
radio, fixed elections, and the suppression of personal freedoms.
"I believe that it must be the policy
of the I'nited States to support free
peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressure."
Isn't that the recent Formosa resolution?
There is no appeasement here.
We made one serious mistake in un
demanding this pronouncement.
We believed lhat the American government could reach a policy decision
FACTS FORUM NEWS, October, 1955