Congress or the Supreme Court: Which Shall Rule America?

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HAS CHARLES II RETURNED?*

The President is quoted as having said, regarding the recent decision of the Supreme Court nullifying practically the N.R.A. legislation, that "the decision is much more important than any decision in my life- time.'' That is a broad statement, but it was made by a broad-minded man, accustomed to reflection. It is probably true.

However, about all that the Court has decided is that Congress cannot delegate its own powers to an executive department, and that the Court can decide what is interstate commerce and the Congress may not undertake to do so. The decision is radical in that it amazes the public that nine men, sitting as a supreme court, are willing to stop the wheels of recovery when it is perfectly apparent that the people of every State in the Union want the machinery of government to go ahead, albeit that there are, confessedly, amendments and changes which have been found necessary in this as in all of man's work since the beginning of civilization.

The Supreme Court decision stands now not as a corrective but as a deadly blow to recovery legislation, voted by heavy majorities in both Houses of Congress, composed of over 500 selected Senators and Representatives from the 48 States of the Union.

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Editorial from the Charlestown (W. Va.) Gazette of June 3, 1935.

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