THE veto was no surprise. What was surprising, however, was the almost hysterical level to which it descended.
I have always regarded the presidential veto a valuable safeguard against hasty legislation. The drafters of the Constitution had vested the veto power in the Executive as a major part of the system of checks and balances that characterizes our system of government.
Through the years the veto power was exercised most sparingly until the advent of the New Deal.
Most of our chief executives have looked upon the veto power in much the same manner as myself, as a safeguard against hasty action by the legislative branch of the government.
Not so with the New Dealers!
To these people the veto became a political weapon of the highest order, providing an opportunity to impose the will of the President upon the Congress.
To the New Dealer the veto message became a campaign