MR. JUSTICE ROOSEVELT
The attacks upon the Court are merely an expression of the unrest that seems to wonder vaguely whether law and order pay.
—Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
SEVERAL weeks were required to strip the President's judiciary bill of its camouflage. But the job was done so thoroughly—in the Senate, in the press and over the air—that the President finally dropped the artificial tone of his message to Congress. In his address at the Democratic Victory Dinner in Washington the night of March 4 he launched a trenchant attack upon the Supreme Court. The character of his appeal for popular support in an outright assault upon the Court can best be illustrated by brief excerpts taken at random:
But economic freedom for the wage earner and the farmer and the small business man will not wait, like emancipation, for 4O years. It will not wait for four years. It will not wait at all ...
Democracy in many lands has failed for the time being to meet human needs. People have become so fed up with futile debate and party bickerings over methods that they have been willing to surrender democratic processes and principles in order to get things done. They have forgotten the lessons of history that the ultimate failures of dictatorship cost