WHAT IS THE CRISIS?
When the political waters are tossed in storm, the leader or party who makes two emergencies grow where one grew before renders the Nation a grave disservice. ... If democracy fails with us it will be through a war of attrition involving a chain of emergencies which at the moment could be made to justify authoritarian measures.
H. W. Dodds, President of Princeton University
THERE remains for consideration one other argument that has been advanced in favor of remodeling the Supreme Court for the purpose of changing its opinions. We are told that a new emergency makes immediate action imperative. Once more the forces of disintegration are gathering around our economic system, and unless the President has the co-operation of the Supreme Court he may not be able to stem the tide of disaster. Who would let the Supreme Court stand in the way of effective measures to prevent another era of chaos?
It was the President himself who attempted to arouse the fears of the people with this contention.
"Now we face another crisis,"he said in his Victory Dinner address in Washington,
"one of a different kind, but fundamentally even more grave than that of four years ago."From this general thesis he went on to expound his belief that
"in this fight ... time is of the essence."