FDR Reminds Us To CRITICIZE Corporate Democrats. Sound Familiar?

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    • #193788
      Segami
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      FDR Reminds Us To CRITICIZE Corporate Democrats. Sound Familiar?

       

       

       

       

      The 32nd president of the United States, the one that brought us Social Security and The New Deal, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, wanted us to criticize corporate Democrats from the very beginning. I’m not kidding. In 1940, when he was running for his third term, he decided to drop his former Vice President, John Garner. He did this mostly because Garner was not progressive enough; Garner was opposed to a majority of The New Deal, and was opposed to FDR running for a third term. Ouch. After FDR replaced him with former Secretary of Agriculture, Henry Wallace, Garner and other southern conservative Democrats tried to block FDR from nomination.

       

      In response, he wrote a letter directed to the Democratic Convention, saying that he wouldn’t run for his third term if Democrats blocked Wallace. This letter was never sent because a speech by Eleanor Roosevelt at the convention turned the tide. It was basically unpublished and unknown, until Oliver Stone featured the letter in his Showtime series, Untold History of the United States.

       

       

       

      Here it is:

       

       

      Franklin D. Roosevelt Letter to the Democratic Convention

       

      July 18, 1940

       

      Members of the Convention:

       

      In the century in which we live, the Democratic Party has received the support of the electorate only when the party, with absolute clarity, has been the champion of progressive and liberal policies and principles of government.

       

      The party has failed consistently when through political trading and chicanery it has fallen into the control of those interests, personal and financial, which think in terms of dollars instead of in terms of human values.

       

      The Republican Party has made its nominations this year at the dictation of those who, we all know, always place money ahead of human progress.

       

      The Democratic Convention, as appears clear from the events of today, is divided on this fundamental issue. Until the Democratic Party through this convention makes overwhelmingly clear its stand in favor of social progress and liberalism, and shakes off all the shackles of control fastened upon it by the forces of conservatism, reaction, and appeasement, it will not continue its march of victory.

       

      It is without question that certain political influences pledged to reaction in domestic affairs and to appeasement in foreign affairs have been busily engaged behind the scenes in the promotion of discord since this Convention convened.

       

      Under these circumstances, I cannot, in all honor, and will not, merely for political expediency, go along with the cheap bargaining and political maneuvering which have brought about party dissension in this convention.

       

      It is best not to straddle ideals.

       

      In these days of danger when democracy must be more than vigilant, there can be no connivance with the kind of politics which has internally weakened nations abroad before the enemy has struck from without.

       

      It is best for America to have the fight out here and now.

       

      I wish to give the Democratic Party the opportunity to make its historic decision clearly and without equivocation. The party must go wholly one way or wholly the other. It cannot face in both directions at the same time.

       

      By declining the honor of the nomination for the presidency, I can restore that opportunity to the convention. I so do.

       

       

       

      Is it just me, or does he sound like Bernie Sanders? In this letter, he says that the Democratic Party fails when it thinks “in terms of dollars instead of in terms of human values”, that the party should make “overwhelmingly clear its stand in favor of social progress and liberalism”, and that the party is “divided on this fundamental issue”. Wow.

       

       

      I cannot think of a time frame that this applies to more than now. At a time when Bernie Sanders, the most popular politician in America (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2017/03/15/fox-news-poll-315/), the one that stands for the most progressive values, at a time where that person and their following have not been graciously accepted with open arms by the Democratic Party leadership is the perfect time to read this letter directly to their faces. This letter should’ve been read at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, when the stolen election of Hillary Clinton was made official; this letter should’ve been read at the DNC Chair Vote, where DNC members decided to not go with the candidate with support from both sides, Keith Ellison (who would’ve been the perfect person to unite the party), and go with a pro-TPP lobbyist recruited by Obama, Tom Perez. And most importantly, this letter should be read in every primary in 2018, and in the 2020 presidential election, as a reminder that one of the most (if not the most) prominent Democratic President wanted the corporate Democrats either criticized, or dismissed.

       

       

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    • #193792
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      Kicked and recommended to the max!

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

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    • #193794
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      @segami

      Hi segami,

      The measure of how far the country has been pushed to the right could not be better contrasted than with this letter.  We have the DNC, DLC, Third Way, Donors, Defenders, Minions and Malefactors to thank for this shift.  Collectively, they are the John Garner’s of our age.  Such types have been checked before and can be checked again.  With Bernie Sanders this nonsense can decisively end now.

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      “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
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      "The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
      - George Orwell

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

      "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
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      "A riot is the language of the unheard."
      - Martin Luther King

      • #193846
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        This letter should be read at every Bernie rally from here on in…….the people should hear for themselves, in FDR’s own words, how FAR the Dem Party have fallen and allowed the party to be hijacked by the strain of the establishment Thirdway despots

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        • #193848
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          @segami

          Hi segami,

          Good idea.  At a minimum the letter should be featured by Bernie TV to create a permanent record for the campaign.  That way Bernie could reference the letter and voters could watch it read.

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          “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
          - John F. Kennedy

          "The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
          - George Orwell

          "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
          - Jiddu Krishnamurti

          "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
          - Idries Shah

          "A riot is the language of the unheard."
          - Martin Luther King

      • #193862
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        We have often fallen short when we follow the Dixiecrats. The exceptions are LBJ and Carter. Otherwise almost all southern politicians are still following Garner. Money before human needs. That by far shows us where both Clintons stood.

        jwirr

        • #193935
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          @jwirr No, there are no exceptions. Neither LBJ nor Carter were Dixiecrats. No Dixiecrat would have ever pushed civil rights legislation through, and the Dixiecrats hated Carter so much they backed Reagan to help bring him down.

          It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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    • #193936
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      Favorited. This letter is great reference material.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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    • #194536
      sonofspy777
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      That letter is a work of f*ing ART!

      “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
      ~Samuel Clemens

    • #194554
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      I totally agree that this should be read at Bernie’s rallies, or printed for circulation, along with FDR’s new Bill of Rights!  The more often they are repeated, the more effective Bernie’s  message will be.

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