Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Déjà Vu: Campaign For Re-election

"For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.

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."

It is a shame that those powerful words cannot be attributed to President Obama. For one thing, the forces of selfishness and of lust for power have not met their match, and even with another fours years I doubt that those forces will meet their master.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered the remarks quoted above during a campaign speech in Madison Square Garden October 31, 1936. Roosevelt was re-elected to a second term as President of the United States. America needs to give President Obama an additional four years if for no other reason than the alternative will be a candidate and a party that has based their entire platform on a foundation of lies. Obama has a proven record of accomplishment - think saving GM, and not saving bin Laden.

Romney and the GOP have proven over and over that they will do and say anything to unseat Obama and hand over the United States to their mega-rich puppet masters. We need to ask ourselves, what is to become of America with a pack of liars and oligarchs controlling the country?

When I wrote the words proven over and over I am not being hyperbolic. We need only to go back  seventy six years to get a first taste of Republican hypocrisy today:

That speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt during his reelection campaign in 1936 sounds like a perfect sarcastic description of the political gamble being played with common people's lives that is still going on today.

President Obama could benefit by emulating President Roosevelt's re-election campaign.

"When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him."
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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