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    •  I will take... (7+ / 0-)

      ...any and every opportunity to invoke the memory of Grover Cleveland.

      Freedom isn't "on the march." Freedom dances.

      by WarrenS on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 08:39:52 AM PST

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      •  his second term (5+ / 0-)

        was different than his first. maybe a decent guy, not very bright, and ultimately a sell-out. but his december 1888 sotu (which came after he lost re-election) was one for the ages:

        We view with pride and satisfaction this bright picture of our country's growth and prosperity, while only a closer scrutiny develops a somber shading. Upon more careful inspection we find the wealth and luxury of our cities mingled with poverty and wretchedness and unremunerative toil. A crowded and constantly increasing urban population suggests the impoverishment of rural sections and discontent with agricultural pursuits. The farmer's son, not satisfied with his father's simple and laborious life, joins the eager chase for easily acquired wealth.

        We discover that the fortunes realized by our manufacturers are no longer solely the reward of sturdy industry and enlightened foresight, but that they result from the discriminating favor of the Government and are largely built upon undue exactions from the masses of our people. The gulf between employers and the employed is constantly widening, and classes are rapidly forming, one comprising the very rich and powerful, while in another are found the toiling poor.

        As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the existence of trusts, combinations, and monopolies, while the citizen is struggling far in the rear or is trampled to death beneath an iron heel. Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people's masters.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 08:50:06 AM PST

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