Messages 2012

Hope from Senator John Bricker

March 25th, 2012

Berkeley, California

Received by FAB


I am here, John Bricker.

Yes, I am the senator who sponsored the Bricker Amendment, which limited the treaty-making powers of the president in regard to American rights under the Constitution.

I truly loved my country and the Constitution, as many in Congress have. Though my bill failed by just one vote, I have been informed over here that my efforts were not in vain, and that the United States of America will be restored as the beacon of light and hope and freedom just as the Creator desires, and just as every freedom-loving person has yearned for.


John William Bricker (September 6, 1893 – March 22, 1986) was a United States Senator and the 54th Governor of Ohio. A member of the Republican Party, he was the Republican nominee for Vice President in 1944.His Senate service is best remembered for his attempts to amend the United States Constitution to limit the President’s treaty-making powers (the Bricker Amendment). He was the chairman of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce during the 83rd Congress.

On July 12, 1947, a former Capitol police officer fired shots at Bricker as he boarded the underground trolley from the Senate office building to the Capitol. The two shots, fired at close range, narrowly missed Bricker.

In 1958, Stephen Young ran for the Senate against the incumbent Bricker. Bricker seemed invincible, but Young capitalized on widespread public opposition to the proposed “right to work” amendment to Ohio’s constitution, which Bricker had endorsed. Few thought that Young, 70 at the time, could win; even members of his own party had doubts, particularly Ohio’s other senator, Democrat Frank J. Lausche. In an upset, Young defeated Bricker by 52% to 48%, who then retired from public life. Source: Wikipedia.