Thursday, August 16, 2012

FDR Fought The Political War We Are Having Today In 1938

"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."
I found this quote from an FDR speech to Congress April 29, 1938 that was posted as a comment on an op-ed by Paul Krugman.  The Republican Party has been taken over by right wing groups that detest democracy.  Their goal is to capture government so that it serves their purposes.  When they lose elections they block any efforts by government to limit their power.  When they win elections they attempt to make radical changes that enhance their power.  FDR was in a similar situation in 1938.  The New Deal turned government into an advocate for the public, and made it the enemy of groups that were dominant in "The Gilded Age"  The underlying political struggle that we are having today is the preservation of a democratic state that serves the public interest.  The radical right has undermined the electoral process by turning it into a contest for campaign dollars that are primarily provided by private interest groups.  It also has its own television and radio networks that misinform the public, and influence the programming of main stream media outlets which  bend over backwards to avoid being accused of  liberalism. 

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