Representative FRED H. HILDEBRANDT, of South Dakota
Mr. Speaker, every reactionary in the United States as well as some who are not reactionaries but who have a confused view of facts, welcomed gleefully the decision of the Supreme Court declaring the N.R.A. and the Frazier-Lemke farm mortgage moratorium law unconstitutional.
Every clear-visioned advocate of social justice regarded the decision as a blow at progress, regardless of how much or how little good the N.R.A. has accomplished.
Had Thomas Jefferson been alive when these decisions were handed down he might well have said, "I told you so!" and reminded the American people of his assertions that no government should have a perpetual constitution; that constitutions ought to be changed at least every 35 years; and that courts are apt to arrogate to themselves powers that do not rightfully belong to them. Jefferson would probably also have declared with vigor that the founding fathers never intended to have the Supreme Court usurp legislative powers and veto laws when it wants to. He would undoubtedly have stated that the national lawmaking____________________