The debt and the election to come — FDR Then

The story isn’t yet told. The answer to the riddle is to be revealed by history. Anne O’Hare McCormick, the New York Times. May 8, 1938

Continuing with the line of dreamy optimism. The argument on the debt deal is this, don’t sweat the details… for now. It can be fixed. But there will a moment to take a stand, and who will be the baritone who inspires us? The following, pointed out by Bob Burruss, is making the rounds.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, October 31, 1936.

For nearly four years you have had an Administration
which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its
sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.

We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace —
business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless
banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

They had begun to consider the Government of the
United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs.
We know now that Government by organized money is just
as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

Never before in all our history have these forces
been so united against one candidate as they stand today.
They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome
their hatred.

I should like to have it said of my first
Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and
of lust for power met their match. I should like to have
it said of my second Administration that in it these
forces met their master.

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One response to “The debt and the election to come — FDR Then

  1. neal levy

    Thanks for this. It helps me to sustain some hope amidst disappointment and frustration with the madness.

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