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  •  Yo James... look at the Democratic platforms from (2+ / 0-)
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    glitterscale, Angie in WA State

    1928 and 1932 and you can understand how FDR became powerful.

    The angst and anger at failed conservative policies had voice and it was brutal stuff politically. There was moral and political outrage expressed and codified into a platform. When 1929 and the Hoover years went down, they went down in a political tempest.

    We don't have that today. We've got nothing that says that failed conservative policies destroyed America. We've got nobody saying that Republicans are trying to sabotage the US to serve their corporate/ideological sponsors.

    An interesting thing about it is that the ideas were sometimes entirely off the rails as far as where we went, but the disgust and anger from the Democrats was quite palpable.

    1928 Democratic Party Platform
    On Republican Corruption:
    Unblushingly the Republican Party offers as its record agriculture prostrate, industry depressed, American shipping destroyed, workmen without employment; everywhere disgust and suspicion, and corruption unpunished and unafraid.

    Never in the entire history of the country has there occurred in any given period of time or, indeed, in all time put together, such a spectacle of sordid corruption and unabashed rascality as that which has characterized the administration of federal affairs under eight blighting years of Republican rule. Not the revels of reconstruction,В  nor all the compounded frauds succeeding that evil era, have approached in sheer audacity the shocking thieveries and startling depravities of officials high and low in the public service at Washington. From cabinet ministers, with their treasonable crimes, to the cheap vendors of official patronage, from the purchasers of seats in the United States Senate to the vulgar grafters upon alien trust funds, and upon the hospital resources of the disabled veterans of the World War; from the givers and receivers of stolen funds for Republican campaign purposes to the public men who sat by silently consenting and never revealing a fact or uttering a word in condemnation, the whole official organization under Republican rule has become saturated with dishonesty defiant of public opinion and actuated only by a partisan desire to perpetuate its control of the government.

    on Unemployment:
    Unemployment is present, widespread and increasing. Unemployment is almost as destructive to the happiness, comfort, and well-being of human beings as war. We expend vast sums of money to protect our people against the evils of war, but no governmental program is anticipated to prevent the awful suffering and economic losses of unemployment. It threatens the well-being of millions of our people and endangers the prosperity of the nation. We favor the adoption by the government, after a study of this subject, of a scientific plan whereby during periods of unemployment appropriations shall be made available for the construction of necessary public works and the lessening, as far as consistent with public interests, of government construction work when labor is generally and satisfactorily employed in private enterprise.

    Study should also be made of modern methods of industry and a constructive solution found to absorb and utilize the surplus human labor released by the increasing use of machinery.

    The 1932 Platform was much more measured, but built upon the groundwork done in 28 and the situation on the ground since 1929.

    1932 Democratic Party Platform

    Our 1928 Democratic Platform assigned blame for 1929 on the Republicans and gave voice to the anger and confusion over the start of the Great Depression.

    Great post here, James.

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 06:12:24 AM PST

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    •  I agree with you 100 percent (1+ / 0-)
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      We need NOW to pull together and do an audit of our local, state and fed elected bodies. Who do we want to keep, who do we want to primary or oppose. We need a platform (which has been a considerable sticking point here and in Occupy) that we can rally around. I suggest that we have as part of it "a sustainable lifestyle" and a care for the planet and the people and species who populate it  civil rights for LGBT and reproductive rights for women."

      And I suggest that with the numbers here on this board it wouldn't be hard to do this.

      American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

      by glitterscale on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 07:25:54 AM PST

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