Sometimes it's not the big lies but rather the small lies that present one with an opportunity to understand the depth to which a person's political persona itself is based on evasions of the truth, and the lengths to which that person will go to avoid responsibility for his or her actions. An interview that Gov. Sarah Palin participated in with the Alaskan media on Sunday afternoon provides a stellar example of the lengths to which this alleged Christian woman will go to evade the truth, retreat from reality, and deny responsibility for her behavior. If Gov. Palin becomes vice president, this disturbing pattern of lying may have even greater negative consequences for our nation than we have suffered under Dick Cheney for the past eight years.
We are presently in the midst of an economic turmoil that some have been comparing to the Great Depression. Seventy five years ago it took a liberal Democrat, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to save America from the vicissitudes of the Republican governance in the prior twelve years that brought the country to the brink of economic collapse. It is now time for the mantle of FDR and the New Deal to be passed to Barack Obama, our greatest hope to lead America out of the morass of the Bush/Cheney/McCain administration in this new century.
This Labor Day began with Hurricane Gustav, and ends with Hurricane Sarah. The lead story on the ABC News website at 9 p.m. eastern time concerns Governor Palin's membership in the AIP, which is the real Palin story that deserves our attention rather than all these sorrowful domestic issues in the Palin family. But let's end this celebration of the American labor force with the fact that a new poll just released has Barack Obama at 50%, a magic number, in the polls!
In celebration of Kos's presence on NBC's Meet the Press this morning to debate Harold Ford and the DLC, I thought I would place the liberal vs. moderate vs. conservative debate within the Democratic Party into historical perspective. There was an American President, elected an unprecedented four times between 1932 and 1944, who frequently and proudly used the term "liberal" in his statements and speeches. I speak, of course, of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. There are some real gems in this collection of FDR statements using the term "liberal" that modern Democrats (and the few liberal Republicans that are left) might learn from today (note to Hillary -- "progressive" is a term for the timid unless it is used in conjunction -- and not in place of -- the term "liberal"). These words I share below spoken by FDR are as refreshingly important and applicable to our national dialogue today as when they were originally spoken by our greatest President. That is why I am pleased to share the following quotations from our unabashed liberal leader, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who went as far as to attempt to purge conservative elements of the Democratic Party in 1938.
In written and verbal communications with others in the past two months I have been warning about the potential impact of a new book by Amity Shlaes entitled The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. If you have not yet read it, Shlaes is no Jim Powell or Tom Fleming (otherwise known as ranting right-wingers who blame FDR for everything from the torpedoing of the Lusitania to the Lindbergh kidnapping -- well, I embellish a bit).
Today, July 2, 2007, is the 75th Anniversary of FDR's historic nomination for President of the United States. FDR broke with tradition (surprising?) and flew to Chicago to accept the nomination of the Democratic Party in person. His acceptance speech gave birth to the term "New Deal."
I am currently in Chicago to celebrate this special 75th Anniversary Salute to FDR at the Auditorium Theatre, to benefit The Museum of Broadcast Communications. The Auditorium Theatre will be transformed into the Democratic National Convention in 1932, complete with bunting-draped boxes, state delegate signs and the sounds of Happy Days Are Here Again. Actor Robert Vaughn will portray FDR and deliver his historic New Deal for America speech.
The FDR Center Museum proudly presents a reprint of FDR's eloquent and ground breaking acceptance speech in which the New Deal is born!
FDR gives his famous New Deal Acceptance Speech
in Chicago on July 2, 1932, seventy five years ago
Building the infrastructure to support and sustain liberal policies today (and for the future as well) is in large part a function of remembering, in the context of the times, the genesis and successes of progressive policies of the past. In many respects, my friends, past is prologue in this regard. It is therefore critical to keep the New Deal flame alive and burning brightly as we approach in less than two weeks' time the 75th anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. On July 2, 1932, FDR broke with tradition and appeared in person at the convention which had just nominated him for President of the United States to proclaim for the first time a New Deal for the American people.
For the past three years in Worcester, Massachusetts, we have been sharing a wonderful cultural resource in the FDR American Heritage Center Museum which will be relocating to Chicopee, Massachusetts after we close our doors in Worcester this coming Saturday, June 16, 2007.
I have previously written about an attempt by the Worcester City Manager's Office to displace our FDR Center Museum.
I appreciate the feedback I received on DKos, Blue Mass Group and through back-channel email correspondence.
I wanted to update you on the latest issues with this important effort to preserve the legacies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the New Deal.
Two days ago I posted detailed information here concerning an attempt by a limited number of officials of the City of Worcester, Massachusetts to challenge the liberal legacies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the New Deal by evicting our nonprofit FDR American Heritage Center Museum from the space we have had for almost three years as a growing cultural resource to New England. I am following up this initial information with an urgent plea for all of you to assist us in this dire hour to share this information with your friends and colleagues, and join us in keeping alive the spirits and legacies of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt by challenging this bureaucratic attempt to destroy our museum!
I had a dream. In a lifetime of devotion to the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the New Deal I had amassed over a twenty five year period the largest private collection of signed historic documents and other materials related to the Roosevelt era, worth many millions of dollars as I found out in early 2003. Instead of cashing in I decided to start a nonprofit organization and a museum in my home of Worcester, Massachusetts, to share this great liberal legacy with the world, free of charge.
Three years later, on the precipice of becoming a major museum of New Deal history, the City of Worcester pulled the rug from under us. I put all my personal resources into making our museum (http://www.fdrheritage.org) a success, but shortly we will be homeless, as a consequence of a City Hall wanting to expunge the legacy of the New Deal.
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