On the subject of the NRC... * * * Martin Dies Junior, Congressman from Texas 2nd District and second Chairman of the National Restoration Council, succeeding from Joseph McCarthy in 1965 and holding the office until 1970. Dies' term as Chairman would see an intensification of internal campaigns against 'Syndicalist and Imperialist subversives in government and industry', as well as the creation of the Office of the Federal Censor, something that provoked massive unrest across artistic circles and the wider public in America. Dies would carry out a particularly aggressive campaign against artists, writers and anyone involved in the film industry, seeking to 'purify' American art from 'damaging foreign influences'. Dies' tenure would also see the growth of the NRC's use of particular religious organisations to buttress their hold on power, as he sought the approval of more conservative religious leaders for his censorship activities. Though Dies would continue to follow McCarthy's policy of allowing the President to hold the limelight, and to appear in public as simply a fairly junior Cabinet member and a servant of the President, he made a point of cultivating personal ties among certain religious leaders. Dies was also known for using the anti-Syndicalist and 'anti-Imperialist' campaigns to affect elections at the state and Federal level and ensure the election of pro-NRC Governors, Congressmen and Senators, with elections frequently being subverted owing to timely accusations against particular candidates. John E. Rankin, a Congressman from Mississippi and a member of the NRC from its foundation until retiring in 1957. Rankin was effectively a go-between for the NRC to deal with Southern state governors, many of whom had supported the MacArthur regime only grudgingly and had fond memories of the short-lived American Union State. Thanks to Rankin's efforts, the NRC was able to win over Southern governors by giving them increased autonomy, in particular in racial matters. By the time of his retirement, much of the South's political establishment was wedded back to the United States and supported the new regime in Washington. Among his less savoury activities as a member of the NRC was the supporting of a campaign of subtle propaganda that scapegoated African-American veterans for the loss of the Second North American War, claiming that one couldn't trust 'coloureds' to fight 'other coloureds' (meaning the people of the PSA and their Japanese allies), and hinting at cowardice and deliberate sabotage.