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Constitutional amendments; Education; Schools; Legislators

Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, May 12, 1945. Truman Papers - President's Secretary's Files.

May 12, 1945

The Courts should be strictly judicial and not dabble in policy-except interpretation of the Constitution.

It is not at all proper for courts to try to make laws or to read law school theories into the law and policy laid down by the Congress.

We want no Gestapo or Secret Police. F.B.I. is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex life scandles [sic] and plain blackmail when they should be catching criminals. They also have a habit of sneering at local law enforcement officers.

This must stop. Cooperation is what we must have. HST

School system needs overhauling. Kids should learn more fundamental "reading writing and arithmatick [sic]". Freud psychology and "nut doctors" should be eliminated.

I should like to see the Constitution amended to do away with all two thirds rules. This means treaty ratification and Presidential Vetoes. These two matters should be accomplished by requiring a majority of both House and Senate - an actual majority of the membership not a majority of those present. Every Legislator should be required to express his opinion by vote HST

on these two most important legislative responsibilities. They should never be accomplished by unanimous consent. Impeachment should be made simpler and an impeachment court should be set up or the Supreme Court should conduct the trial. The result to be ratified by a majority of Senate and House--same sort of a majority as before stated. HST

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