Most members of Congress were not at all amused to learn that, before they could collect their next pay checks, they would have to swear that they do not advocate violent overthrow of the Government. Whether they thought it was funny or not, the joke was on them. For two years Congress has written into various appropriation bills a requirement that Federal wage earners be required to take an oath of innocence in this regard.

They finally caught up with themselves in June in the Legislative Appropriation Bill. The joker lay in Section 5. Written in by witch-hunters who wanted...

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