Wednesday, March 04, 2009

"I Welcome Their Hatred"

Now that we're slouching toward a Great Depression of our own after decades of oligarchic misrule, those are rapidly becoming my favorite words ever from a president. FDR:

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.

I'll admit that I have a hard time imagining Obama talking like this—but give him another few months' worth of know-nothing Republican obstructionism and hysterical "CLASS WAR!" screeching in the media and we'll see.

OOh, watched The Corporation last night and discovered a piece of American history I'd never heard about: a 1934 coup plot against Roosevelt from those very same old enemies of peace!
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