The American Politic changed dramatically on November 4, 2014. It was, for many, a rather severe letdown from this time six years ago, a time when the prospects for a national rebirth — in the aftermath of the absolute disaster of the Dubya Bush regime — stood tall and shone as brightly as Lady Liberty’s torch. Things were looking better than they had in a generation! There was a Democrat majority in the Senate, a Democrat majority in the House, and a presumed Progressive Democrat in the Oval Office! Shades of the 1930’s, the beginning of the most Progressive era in U.S. history with a President who was NOT afraid to shout his fascist opposition — remnants of the group that had been in charge during the crash of ’29 — into the ground! Remember FDR? Remember how he spoke the peoples’ truth to his seditious counterparts? Here are a small handful of Rooseveltian quotes that serve to point out his ambitiously PROGRESSIVE attitude:
“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
“A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.”
“Out of this modern civilization, economic royalists [have] carved new dynasties . . . It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control over government itself. They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction . . . And as a result the average man once more confronts the problem that faced the Minute Man . . .”
“These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power.”
“Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power!”
“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 a private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the 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.”
“In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stand for.
Koch Brothers, anyone? Citizens United? Karl Rove? In the aftermath of the George W. Bush years, the power of money has been elevated — elevated to the point where the government has, indeed, become purchasable by the highest bidder, to be no longer in the charge of we the people. And now, beyond even THAT atrocity, the Republican Party has, since November of 2008, dedicated itself to but One. Single. Goal. No matter the consequences, Obama MUST FAIL! Their obvious and deeply-embedded Hatred reminds of a comment by FDR who, facing an almost identical attitude in 1936, said this:
“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.”
One wonders, today, if only Obama had . . .
But he didn’t. He’s tried negotiation. He’s tried reconciliation. He’s even tried, on some issues, submission. The result? Republican congressional landslides in both off-year elections. Big Money and the LIES they purchased won. In 2014, in fact, there was a Republican Senatorial landslide sufficient to guarantee that NOTHING of interest to we the people will get done for AT LEAST two years. The entire congressional task will, in fact, remain the same as it’s been since circa 1980 when Saint Reagan grabbed hold of the reins of government and initiated the slow and ponderous conversion of a Peoples’ Democratic Republic to a nation governed by a NEW system, one which, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
I do hereby and therefore acknowledge and bow to the latest version of America, the version envisioned and legally purchased by all those old enemies of peace – business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. I further acknowledge that NOW is the time that We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity must therefore agree to stand by, to wait and see how (if ??) everything — ummm — comes out.
So to speak.
OPEN — ummm — THREAD