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  Class Action Suits and the Constitution  | January 27, 2010 | Digg This

CLASS ACTION SUITS ARE CONSTITUTIONALLY DUBIOUS

As Director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), one of my key objectives was to close down the radical Left-wing Legal Services program. I even had a promise, confirmed by Senator Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), Congressman Lamar Baker (R-Tenn.), Senator Jim McClure (R-Idaho), and others that President Nixon would veto a proposal to establish a Federal Legal Services Corporation.

Unfortunately, then White House Chief of Staff Al Haig succumbed to pressure from Senators Alan Cranston (D-Calif.), Walter Mondale (D-Minn.), Jacob Javits (R-N.Y.), and Robert Taft (R-Ohio) that, if Nixon did not sign the Legal Services Corporation legislation, money for his Watergate lawyers would be terminated.

The Legal Services program operated on a supposed mandate to promote "group representation", "community education", and "law reform". "Community education" meant the promotion of Saul Alinsky-style, Marxist-Socialist propaganda, "law reform" meant placing Left-wing lobbyists in virtually every state legislature and "group representation" meant creating Left-wing activist groups, promoting everything from homosexuality and abortion to welfare rights.

A key element of the Legal Services agenda was the class action suit.


  Sumner Whittier  | January 22, 2010 | Digg This

WHITTIER WAS ONE OF THE BEST BAY STATE POLITICIANS

Sumner G. Whittier, who died recently at the age of 98, was my friend when he was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts and, subsequently, a candidate for Governor of the Bay State.

Whittier was a very fine man with the incredible gift for memorizing dozens of names of people whom he had just met in large gatherings. It is a tragedy that, when he ran for Governor of the Commonwealth, he was defeated by Endicott "Chub" Peabody, a very liberal Democrat and former Harvard All-American football player.


  Marion Hurley  | January 12, 2010 | Digg This

MARION HURLEY WAS A STEADFAST LEADER
FOR CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES

My dear friend, Marion M. Hurley, died on September 15:

Marion was a strong supporter of The Constitution Party and my various Presidential candidacies.


  Howard Hurwitz  | January 4, 2010 | Digg This

DR. HURWITZ WAS A COURAGEOUS EDUCATOR

My beloved friend, Dr. Howard L. Hurwitz, "educator, author and former principal of Long Island City High School died on September 23 at age 91 of natural causes.


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