The Bellyachers, California, 1964.
"Tired of the Big Lie!" Lininger, Dr. B. Bruce. The Bellyachers. Saugus, CA: The Initiators, 1964. 36 pp. Octavo (7" x 4-3/4"). Stapled pamphlet in stiff printed wrappers. Light toning and negligible light soiling to wrappers, staples just starting to rust. Light toning to interior, small pencil marks to p. 15. $500. * Only edition. Named after a term President Lyndon B. Johnson used for his opponents, this tract stridently condemns a wide range of persons and policies. From the Federal Reserve to communism to nuclear disarmament, the self-identified bellyachers "have just about had a bellyful" of "'elite' world planners." The tract stresses the importance of gun ownership, dismissing opponents of the Second Amendment as "conspirators" with "an axe to grind." It also condemns the Seventeenth Amendment, which established the direct election of senators, as "bungled" and insufficiently broad. It argues instead that federal appointees should be appointed by popular vote and not the Senate. It includes a bibliography listing Phyllis Schlafly's 1964 A Choice Not an Echo, among other similar titles. A fascinating and relevant piece of ephemera from a turbulent time in American history. OCLC locates 6 copies of this title (UC Davis, CSU Fullerton, University of Kansas, Duke University, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Wisconsin Historical Society).
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