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Transcript THE SOUTHERN CONSERVATIVE -To Plead for a Return of Constitutional Government- Vol. 12 FORT WORTH, TEXAS, FEBRUARY, 1961 No. 2 Legislative Acts Nullified And Authority Of Governors Revoked By Arrogant Federal Judges A Fervent American Prayer-May God Save Us From The 'Experts' It is reported in the press that twenty-one different groups calling themselves "Task Forces" have been busy ever since the November election writing away like mad on recommendations to the newly­elected President of the United States telling hirn.-<tow to save the country. _ Each one of these "Task Forces" is reportedly headed by an 11ex­pert" and as it this were not enough to scare the mortal daylights out ot the orclirla.ry normal taxpayer, most of them are college professors who are traditionally recognized as having a bare minimum of practical common horse sense and of possessing about as much basic understand~ ing of the profound and fundamental principles of Constitutional Govern~ rnent as a porcupine has of the theory of relativity. Attesting to this congenital deficiency in the make-up of the na­tion's professional eggheads, was the fact that in listing the subjects which should have priority, the "experts" didn't come within a country mile of pointing out the urgent and imperative steps which must be taken if World Communism is to be turned back and vanishing Ameri­can Freedoms recaptured. Instead, the plaint running through the whole babbling barrage ot subversive propaganda in the "Task Force" recommendations was .. Spend, Spend, Spend" and the total amount of taxpayers' money which would have to be laid on the line to carry out the programs of these academic lamebrains is beyond human capacity to compute. Eventually an awakened American citizenship may be able to beat the Soviets back and win the battle with Communism, but Washington "experts" constitute a menace to society and a threat to our national existence which may whjp us in the end. Senate Is Largely A Rubber Stamp In The Matter Of Confirmations Under the Constitution of the United States, the President has authority to make his appointments "by and with the advice and con~ sent of the Senate." Obviously this means that members of the Senate have the respon~ sibility to go fully into each appointment and investigate and discuss such appointee's fitness for the office to which he is appointed and not merely to serve as rubber stamps and approve any and everybody recommended by the Chief Executive. However, there is seldom any refusal by the Senate to confirm a Presidential appointee no matter how violently the general public reacts against some particular appointments. This was the case, of course, in the matter of the recommendations ot President Kennedy, including the selection of his own brother as At­torney General and the naming of a Negro member of the NAACP as Director of Public Housing. Some members of the Senate blustered and sputtered for awhile about some of the nominations but it ended in a love feast with nearly everybody complimenting everybody else. We have always contended that the only time a Presidential ap­pointment would be refused confirmation by the Senate would be when such appointee had served a term in the penitentiary. "By and with the advice and consent of the Senate" is now largely a figure of speech. All over the country there is bitter and swelling resent. ment against the high-handed tac:tic:s of tyrannic:ol Federal judges, from the Supreme Court on down, whose reckless usurpation of authority has exploded into violent ac:ts of ag­gression against the Constitutional Rights of the Sovereign !~:t:~P~r:::~trO:~ifS: :;~i:~oo~:~e !:d!~~~d~~c:;~~ ~~: electorate, are smashing down State legislative enactments like a bulldozer levelling stumps. Today they are sweeping aside State laws restraining integration of the rac:es. Tomor­row they may wipe out similor statutes governing murder, robbery and rape. If this week they c:an take over the public: schools ond run them, next week, by t~e same token, they c:an appropriate the banks, the filling stations and depart­ment stores. For when petty tyrants are unloosed to prey on human society, reason and judgment abscond leaving only a blind urge for power holding sway. Unless these judicial mad dogs are brought to heel ond put under leash, we had iust as well abolish all State legislatures, quit bickering with Khrush­chev and admit that his threat to bury us was no idle boast. The gradual violation of the Constitutional Rights of the States in the American Republic began on that day when spokesmen foe Inter· national Communism let it be known that the breaking down of State units of government in this country and the concentration of authority in a centralized head would hasten the formation of One-World Govern .. ment. It has made the fuJI circle, however, only rPcently when Federal judges in Louisiana and Georgia began turning out decisions in assembly line proportions which nullified State laws as fast as the elected rep­resentatives of the people could pass them, and overturned local customs, traditions and practices without benefit of a court test or due process of law. As a result, property rights have been abolished, State governing machinery liquidated and the human rights of only one race have emerged inviolate. If this Kremlin-type behavior of Federal judges in those sections is upheld and extended to other areas of the Republic we had just as well accept the obvious conclusions that the functions of the several states composing the American Union have been rendered inoper.:ltive and that, hereafter, the people of the United States, like those in Russia, will be governed from a centralized agency. The only difference between WaShington and Moscow will be one of geographical location. Those who wrote the American Constitution looked ahead and tried to forestall this dark day in the nation's history by making it clear that State authority was paramount to that of the Federal government and they specifically granted certain limited rights to the latter and reserved all others to the States. But they reckoned without the weaklings, the incompetents and the subversives who now hold the balance of power in our nation's capital. Dedicated patriots that they were and concerned only in the per~ petual existence and enduring freedom of the Republic they loved, they could not visualize a future time and circumstance when the evil of Marxism would replace the blessings of Constitutional Government and the whole American concept of a government deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed, be reversed. !Continued on Page 2) Millions of Americans Think it - The Southern Conservative Says It Page 2 THE SOUTHERN CONSERVATIVE February, 1961 It's Not Card-Carrying Communists Who Are Aiding Communism In UoS. One of the candidates for sena· tor from Texas said in Houston re­cently: "Communism is 90 miles from our shores - closer than Houston and Austin." He told the truth but only part of the truth. Communism is not only 90 miles from our shores - Communism is right in our midst and its exponents are scattered from ocean to ocean and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf. Authorities estimate that there are only about 25,000 actual card­carrying Communists in the United States but these figures are not im­portant as it is not the card-carriers who are promoting Communism effectively in this country. There are at least a million non­card- carrying Americans to whom Moscow looks to do the job of in­staiiing Communism here and they are not disappointing their ideo­lo~ ical masters. These million American~ are dis­tributed in government, education-al and religious circles and include some of the highest placed citi­zens in the United States. With this impressive array of talent constant­ly on the job, the Kremlin little cares how many card-c:urying members the party has in the American Republic. The effect of this horde of Fifth Columnists in the United States is visible in many facets of our na­tional existence, social, economic and political, but is espec: ~lily no­ticeable in the increasin,g break­down of Constitutional Govern­ment and of Christianity in this great land of ours. We can write off the card-carry­ing members of the Communist party in the United States for their influence is negligible; top-bracket do-gooders, parlor Socialists, egg­head educators and pulpit politici­ans promoting the Social Gospel are the menace we must fight with <"li our strength and resources if the Republic is to survive. Perverted Art Is One Of The Soviet Weapons To Destroy American Culture If you have been bewildered and amazed by the fact that leading figures in your city have insisted on displaying the works of Com­munists in your local museums and art centers, it might be interesting to know about the program set down by the Kremlin concerning art in the United States. This program was "taken down by an American who attended a Com­munist cell meeting in this country but who~e name, in his own pro­tection, cannot be revealed. The entire lengthy program is being cir­culated to patriotic individuals and organizations by Education Infor­mation, Inc., of Fullerton, Califor­nia, to inform them of the steps being taken to infiltrate the world of art with Communist propagan~ da. The ultimate purpose, of course, is to subvert our American way of life and substitute collectivist regimentation. Only one paragraph from the long document is hereby reproduc­e;,' but it gives a clear insight into the insidious methods being em­ployed by the Soviets to use all forms of art to deprave the youth of America and speed moral deteri­oration of the citizens: "Remove all inspiring and beau­tiful art from exhibits and substi­tute degenerate art in its place. Have murals painted out and ab- The American Civil Liberties Union is always going to the rescue of the downtrodden and the under­privileged. Right now its Southern California Division is battling it out with a Los Angeles Superior Court in an effort to get permission for a troupe of Negro women dancers from South Africa to leave off everything from the waist up, in­cluding their brassieres, when they give their "artistic" performance in that area. stract art substituted. Keep ration­al art out of all public exhibits - allow only empty or distorted art to be shown in museums, dealers' exhibits. Try for meaningless em~ ptiness. Have art showing inspira­tional or beautiful figures removed gradually but as soon as possible. Eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings; substitute shapeless, awkwarct and meaning­less forms. Tie junk together and set it up as sculpture." So, if you are disgusted and re­volted by the art exhibits on dis­play in your city, it is not because you are out of joint with the times and unable to appreciate "modem art" as you should. It is because you are a normal, wholesome American citizen who cannot go along with the filth, the tripe and the junk which is being palmed off all over the American Republic as a new form of art when, as a matter of fact, it is merely a part of the overall con­spiracy to demoralize and debase American culture. Outraged citizens would be jus­tified in rising up and demanding that the objects of so-called art which represent the Soviets' cam­paign to destroy the American Re­public, be placed under the hammer and themselves destroyed. We are sure that other Conserv~ atives have received the same in­formation in one way or another, but we have been informed by a person in whom we have the ut­most confidence that special efforts will be made in the coming months to silence all opposition to subver­sion, not only as relates to the Committee on Un-American activi­ties but that active individual Con­servatives will be dealt with. Oh well, our head can't be lopped off but once, we always say. Salazar And Franco Are Strong Anti­Communists So Watch What H=topens First it was Chiang Kai-Shek, then Syngman Rhee and later Tru­jillo, all casualties of the Ameri­can State Depar~ment. Now watch for Antonio Salazar Premier of Portugal to hit the skids because he is an anti-Communist dictator too and if there is any­body that Washington likes to help mow down, it is an anti-Communist dictator. The Communists have been a long time getting around to Sala­zar and he has been ruling in Port· ugal for almost thirty years with a minimum of complaint from the Portuguese people. But he has been tough on Com­munism and that, as every literate American should know by this time, spells doom. Feature articles are be~inning to seep into this country and are giv­en prominent space by American metropolitan newspapers telling of the popular discontent of the "Conservative middle class" in Portugal with Salazar's policies which means, when properly in­terpreted, that Communists are on the march in that country. Soon there will probably be clamors against Portuguese "Cot~ onialism" and that's where we join the chorus. When, and if, Portugal is liquidated, Communism will take over as it has in all cases where "colonialism" was routed out. Portugal has been friendly to the United States and has allowed military bases to be installed in The ACA INDEX prepared by Americans for Constitutional Ac­tion and distributed by Human Events is a document all in a class by itself. It is the record of the vote of members of the House and Senate of the United States over a long period of years on lead· ing issues coming before that body. One can argue with opinions, views and beliefs expressed by individ4 uals but there can be no quarrel with the Record. That record has already been written and no hu4 man force can change it. All Amer­icans who are slightly concerned in the national welfare should read this document and find out how their congressmen and senators voted. The price is fifteen dollars and it may be had from Human Events, 408 First Street, S. E., Washington 3, DC. The brilliant columnist, W. D. Workman, says that it's time for America to wake up lest she die in her sleep. that country but that does not make any difference. As between Communist dictat­ors and anti-Communist dictators, we line up against the "antis" every time. Franco, being all-out anti-Com­munist will probably be the next man up, and if our State D~art­ment runs true to form, it wilt help bowl him over. Legislative Acts Nullified-c;~:::;d Bu.t - let's face it - that time has now come and not only is centralized government administered without the consent of the govern­ed, but when a Governor or official of a State Legislature dares to assert 0e Constitutional Rights of his Sovereign State he is slapped down in hts tracks by a vicious decision of a Federal judge. We are jam up against the horrifying and abominable situation :Vhere. v.:'ashingt?n, which is Constitutionally authorized to operate only m a hmtted designated sphere of activity, has become the center not only of national bu.t of State authority with its judicial branch nullifying State .laws, revokmg orders of State Governors and enjoining State agenctes from performing their sworn duties and discharging their sacred obligations to the people. We cannot survive as a free Republic under these intolerable acts of tyranny exercised over the Sovereign States by representatives of the Federal government, and we will not survive. The principal difference between the American Republic and the Soviet Union can almost be summed up in one word - freedom. And the quickest and most effective way to abolish freedom is to paralyze the operation of the governing machinery of the several States which form the basic safeguards of the American system. Whether any American citizen believes in the integration of the races or whether he is opposed to it has become academic now and has been swallowed up in the burning question of whether he wants our American form of government to be sustained and live in freedom or whether he prefers to dwell in a Slave State and submit to human bondage. . . Many of us who have carefully checked on the Communist-inspired mfnn~ement of the Federal government on States Rights have tried to p~nnt out what was happening and what the result would be, but sentmels grow weary of doing the Paul Revere bit after so long a time. T~e American people sprang to the instant defense of their country when mformed ~at "the British are coming." But the present brain­washed generatiOn responds with apathy, indifference and boredom when warned that "the Communists are coming." In our humble opinion, there are only two courses left-either the citizens of the Republic, including the elected officials of the Sovereign States, will rise up in righteous anger and demand the restoration of States Rights or they will meekly give up and resign themselves to an absolute dictatorship in name which has already been largely imposed on them in fact. Feb,ua,y, 1961 THE SOUTHERN CONSERVATIVE Page 3 When A Liberal Is Acclaimed, That's Routine Hot That The State Department WT~~~o~•~d~n~~r~~~~~!~~n-ls ~~~~~~~:.~~nat~·~.~.:~: Cares One Way Or The Other or of Liberals are a dime a dozen bered until the end of time. and scarcely a week passes these days that recognition of this type is not extended to dedicated de­votees of Karl Marx in all sections of the country. Such honor is usually bestowed on left.wing politicians from Wash­ington who, during a visit back to their district, are wined and dined and acclaimed by the good home­folks whom they have repeatedly robbed, duped and betrayed. Therefore, when a dyed-in-the­wool Conservative who fights like a spitting wildcat against practi­cally every policy these same poli­ticians are currently promoting, is accorded the honor of a testimoni­al dinner - that's a type of news which belongs in the category of a man biting a dog. In other words, in an age when conformity is considered more ex­pedient than convictiont unregen~ erate Conservatives are often cussed but seldom kissed. For this reason when one of the lovely ladies of the Fort Worth Unit of Pro America called us on the telephone early in December and informed us that their organi­zation was going to give a public dinner in our honor on January 25, we asked her if she was sure she had the right number. It turned out that she did and as preparations for the event pro­ceeded, indications from sale . of tickets and advance reservations were that hundreds would be pres­ent for the event. However, about twenty-four hours before the affair was sched­uled, it became evident that the Weather Man was a Liberal, if not a downright Subversive, when at­tempts of the elements to sabotage the dinner were begun on a grand scale. A sudden Texas blizzard, accom~ panied by a downpour of sleet, came sailing in with full force and fury and as the hour neared for the dinner a heavy coat of ice on the ground caused the police de­partments in North Texas cities to broadcast warnings that all travel on streets and highways be limit~ ed to that of urgent necessity. This, together witb the fact that planes were grounded in some cases caused the cancellation of many reservations and especially those from Dallas, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, the Texas Panhan­dle and other out of town points and even many cautious Fort Worth well·wishers refused to venture out. But at the appointed time some 250 hardy Conservatives slid or skidded into River Crest Country Club, ice or no ice, and the en­thusiasm and warm cordiality of the unreconstructed rebels and un~ intimidated reactionaries who made it to the party largely com­pensated us for our disappointment over the absence of those who couldn't get there. Speaking now as the Voice of (one) Experience, we want to go on record as saying that a testi­monial dinner planned out of sin­cerity and good wishes of friends and associates of the one so hon­ored, is a wonderful thing and a It is something like having your funeral preached while you're still alive and having wonderful things said about you while you can still hear and appreciate such generous praise. It is putting into practical effect the beautiful theory of "flowers for the living", a practice vastly com­forting to weak mortals who nat­urally crave the approbation and good will of their fellow men. And so, when our time comes, if we are dispatched with the mini­mum of eulogy which such occa­sions demand, it will be all right with us. We've had it. And in the process, we were given a title which, whether de­served or not, warmed our heart to the core, and that was when the able and attractive President of Pro America, Mrs. G. 0. Bateman, bestowed on us the designation of "The First Lady of the Conserva­tive Cause in the South" in a pub­licity release concerning the dinner. There are many women in Dixie, including numerous members of Pro America who have perhaps done as much or more than we in sponsoring the cause of good gov­ernment but since the title has been conferred on us, we will fight like Ingemar Johannsen to de­fend it if any contender tries to take it away. A local wit said jokingly to us following the dinner: "You sure are a cheap skate," and when we asked him why, he replied: "The tickets to your dinner sold for only $3.50 while tickets to dinners giv­en for big·shot politicians bring ten bucks." We retorted that tickets to our dinner were purchased by individ· uals who wanted to attend and who were not high pressured into buying them; and that all money raised by ticket sales was used to purchase "vittles" for the .,g. uests and that those who gave the din­ner were not concerned i!l tripling the price of the tickets in order to pay off political party debts or promote the cause of a New Fron­tier. That shot got him because, as we happened to know, he was one of those who was once bludgeoned in­to buying a whole block of tickets on the occasion of a dinner to one of the above mentioned "big shots" and he had to give them away to any one who would agree to go and thereby swell the attendance. Above and beyond the personal tributes to us, which we value as being above price, was the pleas· ing realization that so many solid citizens would brave the elements on one of the bitterest nights of the winter to attest to their belief in sound principles of government and their intention to stay in the fight to restore them. Also, we believe that never were three more able and forceful ex­ponents of the simple doctrine of Americanism gathered at one board tban those chosen to do the hon­ors for the evening and we still marvel at the thought that we In his broadcast Sunday, Febru­ary 12, Mr. Chet Huntley said that the Institute of International Edu­cation was working with the State Department in bringing foreign students to the United States to participate in educational pro­grams. Since Mr. Huntley is regarded as an accurate reporter, we are sure that this is true. The State Department is, of course, an agency of the Federal government of the United States. The Union Calendar is an offici­al document of the Federal govern­ment of which the State Depart­ment is a part. On oage 6, Union Calendar No. 838, House Report No. 2244, 84th Congress, 2nd session, the Insti­tute of International Education is listed under the heading of "Amer­ican Branches of the Communist In ternational." Now if this is not true and the Institute of International Educa­tion is not one of the "American Branches of the Communist Inter­national," why is it so shown in an official publication of the Con­gress? And if it is, as claimed in this document, one of the "American Branches of the Communist Inter­national," why is the American State Department working with it? Wouldn' t it stand to reason that if the organization is one of the "American Branches of the Com­munist International" as claimed in this official document, it would be concerned in bringing students here who hold similar beliefs or who even may be Communist agents? Surely that is not the type of students we want to bring here and assimilate. It seems to us a perfectly natural should be the humble instrument through which they were brought together. The Master of Ceremonies was Dr. Robert Morris, now President of the new University of Dallas, but long the able and outstanding counsel of a United States Senate Committee in its relentless fight against the Communist Conspiracy to destroy the American Republic. It was the unanimous conclusion of those attending the dinner that Texas is signally honored by the fact that this great American with his distinguished record of service to his country has cast his lot, and has come -to live, among us. ~J. Evetts Haley, noted Texas his­torian, educator and business man­rancher, and who has spent the greater part of his adult life warn­ing his fellow Americans of the impending tragedy of National So­cialism - which has finally come upon them - was selected to de­liver the eulogy. That he graciously agreed to ac­cept and commit a polite form of perjury in our behalf by extoling our alleged accomplishments was probably due to the long time friendship between us. The speaker of the evening was Tom Anderson of Nashville, Ten­nessee, the mention of whose name The selection of Edward R. Mur­row to head the USIA, tbe United States' Misinformation Bureau Abroad, was in keeping with Mr. Kennedy's nominees generally. Murrow made a bitter fight against Senator Joseph R. McCarthy some years ago when the latter brought to light tbe fact that many books by Communist authors were being distributed by USIA. There is no Senator McCarthy now to keep watch on subversives and Mr. Murrow will be free to circulate the works of Communist authors to his heart's content and without fear of interference if he wants to. Thanks A Million We sincerely thank all those who during and following the recent testimonial dinner given us by the Fort Worth unit of Pro America sent us telegrams, letters, flowers and other expres­sions of friendship and good wishes. We would like to answer each and every one but with no help it will be sometime before we have accomplished this. Mean­time our heart-felt gratitude for these tokens of good will from our valued friends. and legitimate demand for the American people to irisist that Con­gress either correct its record and say that the Institute of Interna­tional Education is not one of the "American Branches of the Com­munist International" or the State Department be required to cease working through this organization, if the claim is true. inspires an inner glow of exalted pride that we are privileged to call him our friend. Young in years but old in the wisdom of those whom nature has designed as lay statesmen and as leaders of men, he is fast becom­ing recognized as a reincarnation of that vanishing breed of eloquent and brilliant speakers, legions of whom were once available to the Republic in its hours of peril, but whose golden voices have been silenced by time and the blight of Marxism which has spread over the land. The reaction to his remarks on the part of his listeners was reflect­ed in this typical expression of one man: ''If I had known what was in store for me tonight, I would have walked here through the ice and sleet, if necessary, in order to hear the address of that dynamic patriot from Tennessee." The proceedings covered two hours and it is impossible, of course, to reproduce any part in the limited space. But we had a tape recording made of the whole affair and in the days ahead when the horrors of the New Frontier bear down on and depress us, we will play it back in order to relive a memorable occasion when Con­stitutional Government was exalt­ed and tributes to an individual honoree were incidental. Pogo 4 The Southern Conservative A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF EDITORIAL OPINION WITH NATIONAL CIRCULATION IDA M. DARDEN, Ed;tor Editorial Office~ Flatiron Building ~orf Worth, Texas Phone ED 2-2089 Price $5.00 Per Year (E..,.ry paid subseriberlsentitfedtoone free subscription tobeunttoanyperson of his choosing.) Sent without cost to members of Congreu, members of State Leghlatures, GoVItnors, udotherpublicoffieials, A helpless sparrow can drift with the wind but it takes an eagle to fly against the storm. THE TENTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES: The powers not delegated to the United St.,tu by the Constitution, nor prohibited ~Y it to the Stdn 1r1 reserved to the Statnre,pective1y,ortothepeople. Freedom Offered As Reward For Return Of U.S. Constitution On January 29, one of America's foremost patriots and defenders of Constitutional Government, the Honorable Clarence Manion of In4 diana, carried the following head4 ing in that edition of the Manion Forum: LOST: U. S. Constitution. Finder please return to Ameri4 can people. Reward - Free­dom. There is now a movement on foot, originating in the Midwest, to have this ad run in daily and weekly papers all over the country even if it is in the form of a paid ad in the faint hope that the Con­stitution may be returned to the people and freedom restored as a reward. We are glad to run it without cost, of course, and every editor of the nation who has the slightest concern in the restoration of Con­stitutional Government in the United States will do likewise. Texas, like all other States whose lawmakers have followed the Party line and adopted all sorts of So­cialistic measures, is out of money. Its Legislature is now floundering around trying to uncover some new tax sources or adopt some old tax levies under new names. It never seems to occur to the lawmakers to cut out extravagance and un­necessary expenses and do away with Socialistic bureaus, boards and commissions and return to or­derly Constitutional Government. THE SOUTHERN CONSERVATIVE Februery, 1961 There Is Only One Sure Test For Judging A Rayburn Names Two Lawmaker's Statesmanship. That's His Vote Trained Seals To One day late in January an members of both Houses of Con- Rules CQmmittee earnest young Protestant minister gress. called at our office for a visit. Take the matter of forced mixing Congressman Carl Elliott of Ala- This young man is deeply con- of the races which has been hatch- bama and Congressman B. F. Sisk cerned in the lethal assaults against ed up for the sole purpose of har- of California are now being re4 ~~~~st~ni!~ct"o~:n~~~c'::{ i~~rci~ ~ne:t~~~e~otes of the minorities, for i:~f~~d t~e~fs_',',Sam Rayburn's little Communist forces are having in Senator Goldwater has stated their campaign to destroy the Am- unequivocally that he personally erican governing system. is an integrationist but that this .They earned this unenviable title through the fact that they supplied the '"packing" for the Rules Com­mittee of the House after spokes4 men for the New Frontier had blud­geoned enough members into voting to pack that committee to put the proposal over. Like many others, it was his be- is a matter for the Sfates to de­lief that all Conservative groups cide and that he does not consider should make a supreme effort to the Federal government has juris­get together and pool their resourc- diction in the matter. If a majority es in the fight against the common of the senators outside the South enemy and it was to discuss this had only taken this position and matter that he called on us. held it, we would not now have the By naming them to the two extra We tried to point out to him damnable Communist-inspired civ- places on the Rules Committee, Mr. that past experience has shown il rights bills constantly claiming Sam implied that they would vote ~~~s!~v:~v=~ ~~P~~~~b~: i~~~vi~~ ;~: ~~~ha~go~~~e~~i~~v~ft~~~:f~~ ~m~irected and, of course, they ualists usually and seem unable to portant subjects having to do with Since they are already commit­unite and present a sOlid front in the welfare and security of the Re4 ted in advance, it would save money defense of the principles in which public. if they would give their proxies they believe as the Liberals have On his record, we should think to Rayburn, pack up their bags and done in their campaign for plung- Senator Goldwater should be high- go back home. ing the country into National So- ly regarded by all Conservatives cialism. and his record is all that should The Republicans named a Con­servative, Congressman Katherine St. George of New York to the place on the committee which was allotted them although she is not reported to have made any advance commitments as' to how she would vote. Any way, we are not convinced count but he did not perform at that one vast Conservative organ- the National Republican Conven­ization, if it could be brought tion at Chicago as many Conserv­about, is preferable to the numer- atives felt he should and, whether ous independent groups which are he was right or wrong in his judg­springing up in increasing numbers ment, his voting record was for­each day from one end of the coun4 gotten and switch-blade knives try to the other. These voluntary were unsheathed by many who ~~n:~r~~ti~0~o;:~:~~~t!~~~ ~~ ~i~~~- been slashing at him ever Law Which Plays ~~~li~;Y ~~:'~nir~~tsset~~~u;,:~~J ce;~ ~N~:~~~~e~o~t~e~~~~~s9:P~~: Favorites And ii~~s~~;t:;~~t~~~~-\~~~u~~~~~r~:~ ~~~~~ ~c:i~~.t~~_r,;i~~~;so~R?~~: Grants Exemptions country should be more effective give him anything else short of The Philadelphia Federal Judge than one no matter how well or- murder, and will back him to the who sentenced 29 electrical manu­ganized, in our opinion. limit. Conservatives, on the other facturers and certain of their em- The inability of Conservatives to hand, will hack a lawmaker to ployes to jail terms or imposed get together and unite on a leader pieces who has voted Conserva- fines on them for violating the anti­has been forcefully illustrated in tive 98 per cent of the time just as trust laws by fixing prices of their the case of Senator Barry Gold- quickly as they would if he had products, was upholding the rna­water of Arizona. voted against them, provided he jesty of the law. It is a violation Senator Goldwater has been a offends them with some extraneous of the Federal statutes to fix prices member of the United States Sen- statement or action having nothing through collusion with others. ate since 1952 and during that whatever to do with his voting That is, it is a violation of the time, according to carefully com- record. law in some cases but not in oth-piled records, has voted 98 per Our own personal feeling about ers. The greatest price-fixers on cent of the time in the interest of the Arizona senator is that we are earth are labor unions who not only Conservative measures and the not qualified to pass on the wis- have the authority to fix prices but preservation of Constitutional Gov- dom, or lack of wisdom, of any the power to pull thousands of men ernment. political action he may engage in off the job unless the fixed price In our book, a lawmaker's vot- on the outside, but we would not is paid. This, of course, is moral ing record is the supreme test of feel that we were a sincere Con- violation of the anti-trust laws and his fitness for the job and all other servative if we were not grateful any normal American naturally considerations are minor and be- for his magnificent voting record wonders why these Unions are ex­side the point. We have all heard as a member of the United States empt. candidates for office babble and Senate. The answer is simple. They raise bluster about their belief in and We are not particularly interest- vast campaign funds, most of which devotion to sound principles of ed in what any national lawmaker is spent in electing or defeating government and we have also seen says. We are deeply concerned in members of both Houses of Con· these double-crossing hypocrites how he votes because, in the final gress, according to how such mem­vote just the opposite when they analysis, it is his vote, rather than hers vote. have sweet-talked themselves into his voice, which helps to set the So huge is their campaign chest office. policies of government under that they usually manage to buy We have seen so many of this which the nation must sink or enou2"h spokesmen in both Houses type in fact that they have got to swim. to keeiJ.-such atrocious policies as follow their words with deeds be· As Conservatives, our interest exemption from the anti-trust Jaws fore we have an iota of confidence sho.ul~ be centered in getting a in effect. in them and when one comes along maJonty of the members of the That's why labor unions can vi .. who votes like he ta lks, he auto- United States Senate to vote for elate the anti-trust laws and heads matically gains our respect. It is Constitutional Government 98 per of industry can't. on this basis that we respect the cent of the time, and not in dis- In other words, it's done with senator from Arizona. crediting one of only two who hung money and not with mirrors; and If we had only had a majority up such a record in that exalted the" American taxpayers are not in the Senate of the United States legislative body. supposed to see anything immoral during the perilous years behind So, regardless of what he may or criminal in such an arrangement. us who voted 98 per cent of the have said or done in the past or time for Constitutional Govern- ~ay sa_y or do in the future, let's ment, we would not now have the give this man a great big hand for statute books of the nation clut- standing almost alone in the United tered up with despicable Socialistic States Senate and voting 98 per legislation which is a disgrace and cent of the time for us Conserva­a reflection on the integrity of the tives. That's common gratitude. From a New York executive: ur think you were truly inspired when you wrote the lead editorial in the January edition. I only wish this could be reprinted in every news .. paper in the United States." Feb,uary, 19bl THE SOUTHERN CONSERVATIVE Page S Noted Fort Worth Writer Tells Of Honor To A Conservative On request of several members of the Fort Worth Unit of Pro­America, we are reproducing an article by Mabel Gouldy in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sunday, Jan­uary 22, preceding the testimonial dinner given this editor on January 25: She once suggested, with edi­torial tongue in cheek, that the gentleman in charge of a then­current governmental give-away program send a gold-plated Cadil­lac as her share of what she con­sidered another foray of federal pocketbook foolishness. He didn't. But Mrs. Ida M. Darden, tall, auburn-haired editor of the South­ern Conservative, which she found­ed here in 1949, is going to get something that will mean a great deal more to her. It will be a testimonial dinner. sponsored by the Fort Worth-Tar­rant County Unit of Pro-America at 7 p.m. Wednesday at River Crest Country Club. THERE MEN and women from Texas and at least four other states, Montana, Missouri, Tennes­see and Arkansas, will gather to honor the woman from whose type­writer flows pungent and witty political comment for restoration and preservation of states rights and against concentrated power of big, central government. j!A helpless sparrow can drift with the wind but it takes an eagle to fly against the storm" is on the masthead of Mrs. Darden's monthly publication. Pro-America, of which Mrs. Dar­den is not a member, does not re­gard the dinner honoree as a spar­row. THE MASTHEAD also displays the lOth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitu­tion, not prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." Mrs. Darden describes herself as "a plain, garden-variety American" and marvels at the compliment to be paid her because "it is so un­usual for a conservative to be praised in public." Ruth Alexander in a syndicated column which appeared on the edi­torial page of the New York Daily Mirror Aug. 30, 1959, wrote: "Deep In the heart of Texas, a woman is making a lonely last­ditch stand to conserve and pre­serve the kind of America which our fathers founded and for which our sons have bled and died •.. " 'Millions of Americans think it -the Southern Conservative says :It' is the message she sends at her own expense to all senators and representatives in Washington and those in every state ..• "If you are among the millions ~~~ e~7~ i~n\toub::;!g~~ b:e!~k!~~ Southern Con.ser.va.tiv e." THE COLUMN noted Mrs. Dar­den has the nerve to pitch her pap-er's policy to the lOth Amendment and call unceasing attention "to the historic fact that once upon a time we were a nation of united states, free, sovereign, independ­ent of federal control, the price of the dole." She also wrote: "Nor does Mrs. Darden hesitate to belabor the truth that if we were not taxed so heavily to wet nurse the world, the states would have sufficient revenue to remain independent-provided, of course, the looney 'liberals' did not demand hot swimming pools as part of 'ed­ucation.' "Larceny by taxation," says Ida, "is as much a criminal act as ex­tortion by threat and when a citi­zen is robbed of his money, it doesn't make much difference whether the thief is an underworld thug or the government." THE KEY to Mrs. Darden's per­sonal political philosophy is briefly expressed in two fillers in the Jan­uary issue of her paper. One read: "There is nothing wrong in this country which could not be cor­rected by taking from Washington politicians the power of the purse." The other says: "Every fallen nation in history went to its destruction by blindly following inept and incapable lead­ership." Tom Anderson of Nashville, Tenn., editor of a group of farm and ranch magazines, eloquent lec­turer on political conservatism and world traveler, will be the principal speaker at the dinner. Dr. Robert Morris, president of the University of Dallas, will be inaster of ceremonies. He is a form­er counsel to subcommittees of the U. S. Senate investigating commu­nism in this country. J . EVETTS HALEY of Canyon, rancher, historian, author and for­mer faculty member at the Uni~ versity of Texas, will deliver the eulogy to Mrs. Darden. Mrs. G. 0. Bateman, Pro-Amer­ica president here, heads the din­ner arrangements committee. Oth­er members are Mmes. Marshall Kennady, Carlisle Martin, Will F. Collins, W. A. Schmid Sr., W. G. Clarkson Sr. and E. W. Lavender. Tickets may be obtained at the Central Ticket Office at Hotel Tex­as or by telephoning Mrs. Bateman of 3180 Westcliff Rd. W. at WAl­nut 3-2700 or Mrs. Lavender of 3708 Country Club Circle, who is treasurer, at WAlnut 7-0194. The dinner will be informal. Mrs. Darden is a native of Mor­an. Her late brother, Vance Muse of Houston, was born there also. When she was 7 the family mov­ed to Cleburne, where she attended public school and business ~olle~e. Later, she studied at the Umv~rs1ty of Colorado and the University of Texas. IN A NOTEWORTHY journalis­tic career she served 10 years as editor of the Southern Tariff Advo- Senate Confirms Weaver,1 Red Front Record and All Several members of the Senate seriously objected to the confirma~ tion of the Negro Robert C. Weav­er, named by Mr. Kennedy to head the National Housing Administra­tion, but they adopted the wrong tactics in urging his rejection. They pointed to his lusty Com­munist Front affiliations as taken from official records of investigat­ing bodies which, under current standards of measuring the qualifi­cations of public servants, turned out to be no deterrent at all to his confirmation for the office. In fact, it might have been bet­ter if those opposing the nomina­tion of this man had charged him with being a Conservative and loy­al American citizen, devoted to the maintenance of the American form of government. In that case, con­firmation might have been with­held, or at least the vote would probably have been close. The following is the alleged rec­ord which commended Weaver to the senators who voted for his con­firmation: Weaver is listed in Appendix IX, page 263 as having been affiliated with the National Citizen's Political Action Committee in the 1930's. And this Political Action Com­mittee is described on page 261 of It is estimated that senators and representatives receive approxi­mately ten dollars per hour for the service - or disservice - which they render as members of Congress, not to mention thousands of dollars in other benefits and prerogatives of the office and which makes them perhaps the most overpaid workers in the United States. In fact, from the sorry State of the Union, the over­powering indebtedness which has been run up, the breakdown of Constitutional Government, the giving away of the national treas­ure to foreign friends and enemies, the violation of the Rights of States, the Socialistic legislation which blackens the statute books of the nation and the general corruption which attends the administration of government in the national cap­ital indicates that members of both Houses of Congress would be over­paid if they worked for nothing except room and board. cate in Washington, the only tar­iff publication in the world edited by a woman. She was at the same time pub­licity director for the Southern Tariff Association, an organization of Southern producers that was successful in getting 64 of the 65 leading products of the South the same tariff treatment accorded manufactured articles of the North and East. She also helped set up the West­ern Tax Council, which was form­ed to promote repeal of the 16th or income tax amendment to the Constitution and substitute one which limited the power of Con­gress to tax the income of a citizen more than 25 per cent. Eighteen state legislatures passed resolu- I the same document in these words: "It has been clearly established by overwhelming evidence that the National Citizens Political Action Committee is the major Commun~ ist front organization of the mo .. ment. As a front organization, it represents the Communist Party's supreme bid for power throughout its 25 years of existence in this country." 1 In 1937, Weaver was listed as being affiliated with the National Negro Congress on page 1280 ot Appendix IX. The National Negro Congress was cited by the Attar .. ney General of the United States, Tom Clark, now a member of the Supreme Court, as subversive and Communist. 1 Weaver is listed as having been · affiliated with the Negro People's Committee to Aid Spanish Democ­racy, page 1347 of Appendix IX. On page 1346 of the Appendix this committee is classified for propa­ganda purposes in support of the Spanish Loyalists." 1 Weaver is also listed as a co .. operator for Social Work Today, on page 1783 of Appendix IX. This was a magazine described as a Communist publication on page 129, report of the Special Committee on Un-American Activities in 1944. Colored Justic:e Is Tempered With Merc:y A white Baptist preacher in Palo Alto California recently confessed to the burning of his chutch there and while he was at it he admitted that he also burned a church at Fontana, California, in 1956 dur­ing his pastorate in the latter city. Members of his flock at Palo Al­to put up $5,250 to bail him out of jail and announced at the same time that he could remain as their pastor if he wanted to. Whereupon Mary Cain remark-ed in her Summit, Mississippi, -~ Sun: "What a man! He reminds me of the story of one of our colored friends whose pastor ab­sconded with all the church's funds. They finally caught him and brought him back home. And when one of his flock was questioned by a white friend concerning pun­ishment, the reply was: 'Oat's all right. We'se gwine to make him preach it out' ". tions asking repeal of the amend­ment. She is also a former editor of the publication of the Texas Motor Transportation Association. "MY NIGHT," a column which was a take-off on Eleanor Roose­velt's syndicated "My Day" in the Southern Conservative, attracted national attention and was printed in book form. "Gentleman of the House," a book she wrote in 1946, is a satire on lawmakers and their alleged hypocrisy in public office. Here for the dinner will be Mrs. Darden's daughter, Mrs. Rosser Thomas Jr. of Houston. She has a granddaughter, Terri Thomas, and a grandson, John Thomas, both of Houston. Page 6 lit's The Same Old Song Which ! The Soviets Have Always Sung As every literate person knows, the Soviets openly boast that they have control of the minds of the younger generation and that the views of older persons do not matter as they will be gone from 1 the scene before too long and will leave Communism a clear field. I A reminder of this belief which is strongly entrenched in Moscow .,was contained in a recent Associ .. ated Press release with a Holly- ~rr~~d E~~~~n~in~al~~iJf~g a quote J Caldwell, of course, is one of 1the modern literary perverts whose books reflect so often the bilge, 'filth and slime of the gutter and ;who never employs clean and 1;wholesome subjects for his writ .. ings so long as smutty and obscene topics are to be had. 1 The AP article quotes Caldwell as saying of the tragic situation in the State of Georgia where the Soviet policy of racial mixing in schools is being forced on the peo­ple of that State: "Education is the route to inte­gration in the South. We need to school young people in the idea of equal rights for every one. The old ones don't matter. They'll die off any way." I It would be futile to give the Communist front record of the au· thor of that brilliant literary gem ''Tobacco Road" which seeks to debase Southerners in the public mind, so we will forego that little detail. We will merely remark again that it is astounding how many times such utterances as that at· tributed to Caldwell emanate from those with a background and con· nections similar to his. The Defense Department has purchased several copies of the "Operation Abolition" film which shows young Communists in San francisco attempting to sabotage the hearing of the House Commit· tee on Un-American Activities and t~e c~~Te~ i~f s:~~ Wt~a~~ b~r~~~~~ ~o men recently inducted into the services. The State Department re· fused to purchase any of the films according to press reports which is not surprising. Whenever the State Department shows any con· cern in fighting Communism in the United States, that'll be the day. • Does anybody want to bet that Red China won't be in the United Nations within a year? Adlai Stev· enson and Chester Bowles are for it and Dean Rusk is not against it while Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., one of the President's personal aides and advisers is reported as favor· able to the acceptance of the Chi­hese bandits into the "family of nations." Next will follow recogni· tion by the United States of the Chinese killers. The Senate of the United States is on record against it but that does not mean anything. Stevenson, Bowles, Rusk, Schles· inger, et al, are the boys who will direct foreign policy even though the job Constitutionally belongs to the Senate in the final analysis. Senator Barry Goldwater of Ari· zona publicly congratulated Mr. Kennedy for sending Soapy Will· iams to Africa. The Arizona law· maker indicated that if the Re· publicans had been victorious, it was their intention to do the same thing. THE SOUTHERN CONSERVATIVE Subversives Want Little Debate So Socialist Bills May Be Sneaked By As always at the opening of a new session of Congress, there is much talk about changing Rule 22. This was not always true beCause this rule provides for unlimited debate on all subjects coming up for consideration, a policy which is, of course, the very basis of the sound American conception that a gov­ernment derives its just power from the consent of the governed. And it is only through thorough and unlimited debate that the people of the United States have an opportunity to know what measures are before Congress and the chance to approve or protest to their spokesmen in Washington. But in recent years, with Socialists getting bolder and more in· fluential in government, a demand has sprung up that this rule should be changed and that a vote of a bare majority should be allowed to cut off all debate on a subject, even one on whose wise disposition may depend the future of the Republic. The Reds in both political parties are concerned in having as little public discussion of their subversive proposals as possible. They want to sneak by the legislation which will plunge us into total Socialism knowing full well that if the people get wise to what they are actually up to, the storm will break over the heads of members of Congress who will thereby become alarmed over the prospect of defeat at the next election and will refuse to go along with such measures. ... A good example was the attempt last spring by certain members of the Senate to pass some sort of an innocuous-appearing bill which had been carefully disguised but which turned out to be an attempt to repeal the Connally amendment, in part. If alert members of that body had not detected the vicious decep­tion, the repeal of the Connally amendment would already have been accomplished in a large measure. It is widely believed that the thinking members of the Senate will be able to ward off attempts to mutilate Rule 22 and that CIO-PAC and ADA stooges in the Senate who are back of such attempts will be outvoted. The notorious Los Angeles Manifesto, as the so-called Democratic platform has been dubbed, demanded that this rule be abolished and the vote of a simple majority be permitted to stop debate on a subject under consideration. Nothing is lost and everything is gained when any legislative mea· sure which it is proposed to impose on the American people is discussed fully and from every possible angle. Pirates Again Ride The High Seas And No Wonder Pirates are once again roaming the high seas and raiding private property and the lawless exploits of Captain Kidd were recently wit­nessed in modern setting. Only now, with anarchy soaring high in a large part of the earth and with international thugs who have shot their way to power being treated as respected heads of State, piracy naturally has lost much of the unsavory odor which attended it and those who engage in it are largely regarded as leaders of political revolutionary movements rather than as the plunderers and thieves which they are. On January 23 one Henrique M. Galveo, a Portuguese political beatnik who claims to be a writer and adventurer, gathered up a crew of roving ruffians, including several Communist agents and seized a $16,600,000 ship belonging to the government of Portugal. On the ship were 600 passengers including some forty American,s who were taken for a nine-day nautical joy-ride after Galveo and his brigands took over. The U.S. Navy sent a vessel to contact the captured ship but in· stead of immediately ordering this vessel into port and the prompt release of all Americans aboard as would have been the case in the days of U.S. supremacy, the Admiral in charge went into a series of conferences with the pirate commander and plead for, rather than de· manded, the safe landing of the Americans aboard. Finally, after days of yakyaking and bickering, the Americans were landed on the Brazilian coast. Contributing to the overall situation which made possible this high­handed theft of private property by a gang of marauding thugs is, of course, the breakdown of orderly government in various countries of the world including the United States; the outright repudiation of pri· vate property rights by the American Congress and of States Rights by the American Federal Judiciary; the flagrant kidnapping of a citizen of Argentina by the State of Israel without due process of law; the Communist inspired student riots in Japan, Korea, South America, San Francisco and sit-down strikes in the South; the fight of subversives to abolish the Committee on Un·American Activities of Congress; the holding of millions of people in bondage by the outlaw Soviet Republic and similar disregard for law and order which has come to prevail in vast segments of the world. In such an atmosphere of widespread anarchy, no wonder these outcasts of human society decided it would be perfectly proper, and in keeping with current international corrupt practices, to seize a multi­million dollar property from its rightful owners. February, 1961 Why Look For A Job When It Pays To Be Unemployed? One of the first measures sub­mitted to Congress by President Kennedy is reminiscent of the Screw Deal days of Roosevelt since it perpetuates the theory which holds that it is the proper func· tion of the government to pay farm. ers not to plant and laborers not to work. It could also serve as a sort of down payment on the purchase of additional labor votes in the elec­tion of 1964. The bill would pay jobless work­ers for thirteen weeks beginning on the day that such workers have exhausted the benefits they enjoy under the present law. It is estimated that the cost of this legislation will be close to $1,000.000,000.00 which, if it turns out like most Washington esti­mates, means that this amount will cover part of the cost any way. Under the proposal, the Federal government would advance the money to the States which would repay it out of an increased pay­roll tax. This levy against employ­ers would be stepped up by broad· ening the base on which it is as· sessed from $3,000 to $4,800 per employe, it was explained. How the Federal government, which is already nearly $300,000,· 000,000.00 in debt, can advance the money was not explained by pro· ponents of the bill and yokel tax­payers are left ~uessing as to how thiS fisCal sleight-of-hand is going to be performed. Chairman Wilbur D. Mills of the House Ways and Means Commit­tee il;nmediately announced the in­troduction of a companion meas­ure which would also provide an income to the children of unem­ployed parents. And thus we are off to the New Frontier. Any way, we're off. He Suggests Obedience To A 'Law' Which Does Not Exist During a recent visit to Dallas, the Rev. Billy Graham commented on the turmoil in New Orleans re· suiting from the enforced integra .. tion of two schools there. "We should obey the law no mat­ter how unjust," Mr. Graham told a local newspaper man in an inter­view. The Rev. Mr. Graham did not explain just what "law" was being violated and should be "obeyed," a failure that is so often character­istic of a person undertaking to discuss a subject with no factual information to sustain him. Only Congress and State Legis .. latures in the United States are empowered to make 11laws" .and since Congress has not passed any "law" on the subject and since Louisiana has legislation on its statute books opposing integration of the schools, it is difficult to see where Mr. Graham had any legit!· mate basis for his ill-considered and off-the-cuff suggestion. We are sure that Mr. Graham does much good in his own field but, like all preachers who venture into political activities, he was in an unfamiliar area and did not know what he was talking about. February, 196 I T H E S 0 U THE R N C 0 N S E R VAT IV E Page 7.i The Federal Income Tax Three Branches Of Federal Government Now Perform As Legislative Bodies Is An Economic Cancer The following basic information on the most monstrous evil in the history of organized government, the Federal Income Tax, is taken from an address by Honorable Fred Clark, American Economic Foun­dation, New York, delivered to staff members of Eastern Airlines, Inc., at Miami, Florida, recently: When Karl Marx, more than 100 years ago, was looking around for a device to destroy the economic liberty of the individual he did not have to look far. History provided him with the answer-the person­al income tax, preferably of the progressive variety. Income tax started with the an­cient Hebrews. It was called a tithe and was a flat I 0 per cent, right across the board. It was not a per capita tax-it was based on the ability to pay as measured by a man's income. The man who made twice as much paid twice as much. The ancient Egyptians also had such a tax; so did ancient India. More than 2300 years ago the Greeks introduced a new version -the progressive personal income tax under which the man who made twice as much might pay ten times as much. This was an extension of the ability to pay concept. It was based on the central govern~ ment's power to confiscate. When the Athenians passed this law their leading intellectual, their foremost teacher, by the name of !socrates, delivered himself of the following prediction that has a remarkably modern sound. ''It would apoear that success is to be punished; that exorbi· tant taxes have made it a crime for a man to prosper. The end result of such an order can only be the removal of incentive, the discouragement of our people and the destruction of our free society." Some time later !socrates com­mitted suicide but he did live long enough to see his prophecy come true. The people of Athens did not seem to care enough about their liberty to seriously resist the Spar­tan invasion. Rome also had a personal income ta>r, but gave it up as a bad job. In fact, with the exception of the Greeks who did not have time to discard it, every ancient nation that has ever tried personal in· come taxes got rid of them as the passage of time exposed their un· popularity and impossibility of proper administration. Let's look at the amazing train of events that visited this evil upon us. The Constitution of the United States was written by a group of brilliant political scientists who knew their world history. They knew the sorry history of the per­sonal income tax and its more monstrous big brother the progres­sive personal income tax. The basic Constitutional principle of taxation is equality before the law and Ar­ticle One of the Constitution de­votes six carefully written Sections on this subject. For 74 years no effort was made by the Federal Government to breach this trust. Then, for seven years, during the Civil War, the people of America-both the North and the South-were forced to pay a small personal income tax. For­tunately, it was repealed on sched­ule. Everybody knew it was uncon­stitutional but, being a temporary war measure, nobody got very ex­cited about it. But 23 years later, in 1893, the personal income tax again raised its ugly head-a law calling for a two per cent levy on all incomes over $4,000- but the head was promptly cut off by the Supreme Court which, in May 1·895, de­clared it to be unconstitutional. When the famous attorney, Jo­seph H. Choate, argued the case against the Government he very accurately told the Supreme Court that this law was "Communistic in its purposes and tendencies and dependent upon principles as Com­munistic and Socialistic as ever have been addressed to any politi­cal assembly in the world." In delivering the Court's decis­ion, Justice Fields referred to the law as an "assault upon capital" and added that should it be per­mitted "it will mark the hour when the sure decadence of present gov­ernment will commence." It must not be presumed, how~ ever, that this action of the Su­preme Court discouraged the so­cial reformers. Their main objec­tive was not revenue-it was social reform. They wanted to expropri~ ate wealth, not for tax purposes, but to cut the wealthy down to size. It was not difficult for the left-wing orators to convince a large segment of the people that the so-called little man would ben­efit enormously from "soaking the rich." The fact that, throughout history, this penalty had always missed the goose and hit the gan4 der, and that it was the little man who really suffered, was carefully concealed. So the idea caught on and became an important vote catcher for ambitious politicians. In fact, by 1908, neither political party felt it would be safe to leave it out of their platforms. The story of how it was foisted on the nation-in 1909--is not a pretty one nor does it reflect states4 rnanship. In 1909 there was a spe­cial session of Congress to con­sider badly needed tariff revisions. Under left-wing pressure the Re­publicans proposed the Constitu­tional Amendment, feeling safe in their belief that it would never be ratified by the states. They did it to silence the inflammatory dema­goguery of a misguided idealist by the name of William Jennings Bryan who was the leading "bleed­ing heart" of his generation. Here is the almost incredible se­quence of events: The 16th Amend­ment was introduced in Congress on June I 7, 1909. On June 28 it was reported out of Committee and sent to the Senate. Within a week the Senate adopted it by a vote of 77 to 0. Three days later the House did the same by a vote of 217 to 14. It is almost unbelievable that Apparently the new President is learning the tricks of the trade fast. According to a Washington press release, when he was informed by his advisers that his FEPC legisla­tion would have hard sledding in Congress he indicated that he would issue an executive order ex­tending the activities of the Presi­dent's Committee on Government Contracts of which Lyndon John­son is chairman. The committee now is 1imited to preventing "discrimination" against Negroes to companies involved in Federal contracts. Under the ex~ ecutive order it would cover com­panies involved in State and local contracts to which the Federal gov­ernment contributes money, there~ by not only extending executive power to States and municipalities but also proving once again that there is no such thing as Federal Aid without Federal control. Many things which are damag­ing to Constitutional Government have been done through "execu­tive order" ever since that day long ago when Franklin D. Roosevelt discovered that he could get away with anything short of murder by the total floor debate on this mon­strous piece of legislation was re­stricted to one day in the Senate and one half of a day in the House. The entire process required only 14 days! The proposed tax rate was two per cent on ail income in excess of $4,000. This looked like the answer to the ''little man's" dream be­cause very few voters, in those days, made more than $4,000. Few voices were raised against this mild application of an evil instrument -probably because it was so mild. But the Washington Star in an editorial put its finger on the true significance when it wrote: 44A political Pandora's Box has been opened by Congress. Trouble, toil and tribulation seem to be impending. It is a campaign to make possible for future Congresses to go as far as they like in schemes of taxa­tion which the Founding Fathers inhibited." It is worth noting that, at the time the two per cent rate was established, it was suggested that a top limit of ten per cent be pre­scribed. This was considered ridic­ulous and rejected with the words, "If we did that, some day, some damn fool might try to raise it that high!" For a few years it looked as if the Republicans had been safe in assuming that the Amendment would not be ratified by the states, but four years later, on February 3, 1913, the ratification was completed. Thus America slipped into the toils of the worst tax law ever devised by power-hungry politicians. As it was actually put into force, on October 3, 1913, it called for exemptions of $3,000 for single taxpayers, $4,000 for married tax­payers. The rate started at one per cent and had a top limit of six per cent. In those days, $4,000 was equivalent to about 12,000 1960 dollars, so you can see that very few people got hurt. But once the The Weekly Worker, successo.l to the Daily Worker, official Com~ rnunist Party organ in the Unite4 States has nothing but praise fot Adlai Stevenson, America's "Am~' bassador" to the United Nations,l He has, the Worker said, "a liberal record .•. is friendly to organized labor . • . opposed nuclear bomD tests ... was not opposed to U.N} membership for People's China a year ago ..• " ~ arrogating to himself authority be ... ' longing to Congress under the guise of an "executive order." 1f Since that time these "executive orders" have been flying thick and ~~~c~~: ~ ~~~~:~~sn~a~~~=:i::X~l tionally reserved for the CongresS' ~~P~~~~e :r"~u~~~~n~t~~~~~~i~~~J ~ gress by the executive is to con) tinue with unabated force. 4 It is largely through "executive order" that we now have a large meas~re of Socialized Medicine' and Socialized Education. l Thus, in addition to Congress and the Supreme Court, the execu .. tive branch of government is be .. coming a legislative body. ~ camel's head was in the tent, the body followed. Since 1913 the ex, emption has dropped to $60~ (which is about 200 1913 dollars) the minimum rate is 20 per cen j ~~~~~heh!~~ r~!~~s !~r~=r ~=~~~;!, Franklin D. Roosevelt, at one time,' following the British Socialist Jine, wanted to take 100 per cent of all income over $25,000. 1 The adoption of the 16th Amendment followed many years of plausible propaganda. What hap· pened is a good example of an important political fact-nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. But every coin ha!$ an opposite side and in this case it reads: Nothing is as vulnerable and as easily defeated as an idea that has been tried and found want~ - ing. 1 As was true in the case of pro .. hibition, it takes time for the truth to sink in. Moreover, the change of public attitude is invisible until somebody gets up on his hind legs and shouts, "What are we waiting for? We are free people. Let's rid ourselves of this monstrous evil!" In my considered judgment the point has been reached when public opinion is overwhelmingly against the personal progressive income tax. Do you know anyone who is for it? No one wants to deprive the government of essential reve ... nue but that does not mean that we have to endorse this means of collecting it. Both political parties promised a review of the tax struc .. ture and the people must not per .. mit that promise to be laughed off as 11Campaign oratory." I .. The time to remove this cancer is the year 1961. It is essential that it be removed, not just treated. Monkeying around the rates, the exemptions, the reporting forms, and the procedures of its adminis­tration, will not do the job; it must ... be eliminated from the political body in its entirety and be re­placed by a revenue method in keeping with liberty and progress. Page 8 If This Miracle Happens We'll Be Among The First To Applaud ~ To those Americans who are sug­gesting, as they whistle in the dark, that perhaps, after all, the new President may turn out to be m::>re Conservative than his campaign statements indicated and that we sh-ould all cooperate with his ad­ministration, we say "phooey." Look at Franklin D. Roosevelt who was elected on a sound, sane and conservative platform, and think what he did to us. Also, look at Dwight D. Eisen­hower who too was elected on a platform which was practically flawless and think what he did to us. So, how on earth could John F. Kennedy who campaigned and was elected on an outright Marxist platform be expected to rise above the vehicle which brought him - where he is and perform even as well as those two Foreign-Aiders, Racial Integrationists and One­World Socialists before him did? So we're not going to bury our head in the sand, hope for the best and then be surprised when the worst comes. We, of course, will not be able to do anything about it but at least we are going to keep our ears and eyes open and not be caught off­base when the blows fall as many of us have in the past. Nobody would be more delight­ed than we if a miracle were to happen and Mr. Kennedy should prove to be a sound, Conservative leader, but we are not going to be caught predicting that this will happen, because, frankly, we don't think it will. And as for cooperating with the New Frontier, we refuse to even get us a Jackie Kennedy hair-do. Someday perhaps both the lead­ers and the people of this country will become adult to the extent that they will cease to be so anxi­ously concerned about what the Russians or any other peoples think about the United States. We are fed up to the eyebrows with hearing chuckle-headed Liberals return from trips abroad and pop off about how we must change this custom or that because it makes a bad impression on the people of foreign countries. No level-headed 'American gives a hoot what for­eigners think of us or our customs or institutions. They seem to like us well enough when they're hold­ing out their dirty cotton pickin' hands to receive our hard-earned 'money. Personally, we couldn't care less what any foreigner thinks about our vastly superior country. ,We love it and those who don't can go jump in the lake. The greatest "disaster area" in the United States is Washington, • D. C. When any man stays too long in public office he inevitably be­comes so involved in intrigues and manipulations that the line be- - tween right and wrong becomes dim and vague and his conception of political morals deteriorates with the years. THE SOUTHERN CONSERVATIVE Where Does Friendly Persuasion Stop And Political Blackmail Begin? "Government by Threat," an old Spanish custom long prevalent in Washington, bobbed up again in the case of the recent successful at­tempt to pack the Rules Committee of the House the better to enable free-spending left-wingers, Liberals and worse, to get their paws into the public till. Pressure from the White House on members to vote to emasculate the Rules Committee was restrained and subtle and was confined mostly to a gentle threat by the President to rip out a few military installations here and there if the votes from those districts went against the "pack­ing" deal. The underground, however, was busy, it is understood, and many powerful figures put the hotfoot on members of Congress to vote for the addition of one Republican and two Liberal Democrats to the Com­mittee. A typical example was said to be the extreme left-wing Stewart L. Udall of Arizona whose work in behalf of the New Frontier during the campaign was rewarded with a nice juicy plum in the form of the secretaryship of the Department of the Interior and who is claimed to have used his newly-acquired influence to whip Western congress­men into line. Firmly reminding these Western representatives that there were numerous projects in their areas which would be sadly in need of Interior funds , the new Secretary of the Interior is alleged to have swung many western votes to the Committee packing plan. Feb,ua•y, 1961 Why Quibble Over Details Of Socialist Legislation? According to press reports, Re· publican House Leader, Charles A. Halleck of Indiana, has strenuous­ly objected to President Kennedy's request for raising the present $1 an hour minimum wage gradually to $1.25 per hour, this raise to cover 4,300,000 workers. However it is the nature of Mr. Halleck's objection which discloses the inherent weakness of the Re­publican Party and justifies the charge:; of "Me taoism" which have been made against it. Halleck is quoted as saying that Republicans would go along with a boost of $1.15 an hour and would be willing to add I ,400,000 work­ers to the minimum wage cover­age but would not agree to the 4,300,000 Kennedy proposed. If that party had the sound lea­dership it once enjoyed, the whole proposal of fixing hours and wages would be overwhelmingly rejected on the very proper grounds that it is not the function of the govern­ment to operate in this field and that only a Socialist government In polite Washington political circles, such official behavior is con­would undertake to do so. doned as merely the ethical efforts of party leaders to secure unity of action in putting through the program of the administration in power. pe;fhi~J: f':;;s~.~gg,cig0P~0~~~s$~~~ But in the plain, unvarnished language of honest American taxpay- in the name of all that's holy can ers whose money must back such programs, it spells blackmail and . a representative of the people argue bribery and the use of high office to improperly influence elected rep- that it is less so to fix wages at resentatives of the people and as such should be thoroughly investigated, $1.15 for 1,400,000 workers? aired before the public and stopped. When A Lawmaker's Political Probity Is Sullied, His Usefulness Is Ended The packing of the Rules Committee of the House of Representa­tives in order to ease the pathway for the passage of Socialist legisla­tion was as flagrant an act of political dishonesty as has ever been witnessed in an area of activity where skulduggery is routine and thoughtful consideration of the nation's interest is usually at a minimum. The packing of this committee was masterminded by Speaker Sam Rayburn of Texas whose usefulness to his State and to the Republic, if any, has long since passed into the limbo of forgotten things. He is merely holding on now trying to better his record of longevity in Con­gress much in the manner of a flagpole sitter or a marathon dancer of an earlier day, seeking to win an endurance contest. As a result of his bulldog tenacity in holding on to his job, Con­stitutional Government has suffered many deadly blows, not the least of which was the packing of the committee which has traditionally served as a stopgap to subversive political action. The closeness of the last national election which split the elector­ate right down the middle, the question in thousands of minds as to the validity of the announced results, and the widespread fear that the new administration would plunge the nation deeper into Socialism, made it imperative that extreme caution be exercised by Congress and that no loopholes be opened to facilitate the passage of questionable legislation which can only add to the danger of a Republic already greatly imperiled by stupid blunders of our national leaders in the past. This, then, was the only possible "mandate from the people" which could be interpreted from the action of the American voters at the polls in November and from the paralyzing fear which assailed at least half of them when such ballots as were allowed to be counted were totaled up. Mr. Rayburn pointedly ignored this apprehensive sentiment on the part of working Americans who help to pay his salary and that of his colleagues and, like a bull in a china shop, waded right in and deliber­ately destroyed one of the strong safeguards which it was his duty to protect with the full measure of influence which his high office - and not his personal attainments - enables him to exert. Rarely in the history of this great nation has a public servant ren­dered such a disservice to the people whose interests he is sworn to protect. Mr. Rayburn's party loyalty, as always, has emerged unquestioned and unchallenged. His political probity from this time forward may be subject to doubt on the part ?~ American citizens who are not indebted to him for per­sonal or poht1cal favors and who appraise him solely in the cold light of his official behavior, The truth is that we do not have two political parties in this country but only one with two divisions and both divisions are Socialist. To hold that there are varying degrees of Socialism is like claim· ing that a woman can be partially pregnant but not completely so. Brother Bobby Is Put On The Spot Strong pressure was exerted on William P. Rogers, recently retired Attorney General of the United States, to have the case of Negro Congressman Adam Clayton Pow­ell of New York charged with vio­lating income tax laws, dismissed. For some reason, the former at­torney general refused, or failed to do so. Now, it is understood that simi­lar pressure is being applied to Brother Bobby and that powerful , figures are twisting his ann. There is widespread belief that in any case involving Negroes more lenient treatment is accorded them by the Federal government than in the case where White persons are concerned. The action of Brother Bobby in the matter should largely prove or disprove whether there is validity to this assumption. Among those who have been se­lected to guide and advise Mr. John Kennedy as President, the follow­ing names stand out: Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., AI Segal, Ben Cohen, Dore Schary, David Dubinsky, Sam Rosenman, AI Rose, Herbert Leh· man, Jake Arvey, Myer Feldman and Anna Rosenberg.
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