1 page, 4to, marked "Personal." [With] Typed quotation signed ("Herbert Hoover"), n.d. 1 page, 4to." />
19 May 2006
HOOVER, Herbert. Typed letter signed ("Herbert Hoover"), as former President, to Henry L. Stoddard, 14 November 1933. 1 page, 4to, marked "Personal." [With] Typed quotation signed ("Herbert Hoover"), n.d. 1 page, 4to.
"THE FUNDAMENTAL IDEAS OF LIBERTY...ARE BEING VIOLATED EVERY HOUR IN THE DAY IN EVERY TOWN AND VILLAGE IN THE UNITED STATES"
Eight months after surrendering the White House to FDR, Hoover bitterly denounces Roosevelt's policies as a mortal threat to the Constitution: "Someone could write a powerful editorial on the Bill of Rights. The fundamental ideas of liberty that are expressed therein are apparently wholly forgotten by the American people, as they have forgotten the suffering by our race in order that they should be established. To me the form of the Government and the Constitution itself have been but a frame-work for their guardianship, maintenance and development. The essence of them is a Government of laws and not a Government by men. The present economic interpretation of them is to cure abuse by regulation and not by operation of business and personal direction of human activities. They are being violated every hour in the day in every town and village in the United States. There is absolutely no economic boon which warrants their degredation [sic]."
Hoover sets forth his idea sound government principles in the accompanying signed quotation: "There are certain fundamentals and safeguards of our government which are not the property of any political party. They are the common necessity to the entire people. They embrace rigid adherence to the Constitution; enforcement of the laws without respect to persons; assurance of the credit of the government through restraint of spending and provision of adequate revenue; preservation of the honor, and integrity of the government in respect to its obligations...and finally every encouragement to the development of our intellectual, moral and spiritual life." Together 2 items. (2)
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