Friday, February 03, 2012

Because we need somebody like FDR right about now...

I'll quote again Roosevelt's prescient statement:
Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people. The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any other controlling private power. The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living. Both lessons hit home. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.
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5 comments:

Steve Bates said...

FDR was the right person at the right time. America needed him, and he was there. Where is our FDR today?

I remember Schlesinger writing that in sociopolitical matters, FDR could not be intimidated by "mere millionaires." If only that were true of Obama!

ellroon said...

We don't have statesmen anymore... we have avaricious moronic greedy faith-faking money-grubbing politicians... but I repeat myself.

Steve Bates said...

"but I repeat myself."

You and Mark Twain! :-)

[CAPTCHA text: "begod" ... NO, begod, I won't take it anymore!]

ellroon said...

Twain's joke was much much better...

And since I'm signing in with this comment, my CAPTCHA is "tropo"... I'm making a trope with this joke? Or maybe an Italian trope?

Steve Bates said...

... Ma non troppo... in English, "Not too much of Ma!"