How FDR Did It
WE NOW have a President we can admire and respect. But he seems
unaware that his opponents are not patriots anxious to help govern
through a decent consensus but fanatics who would destroy the
country if that would lead to his defeat. We think he should
understand that this is a time for confrontation not compromise.
He should therefore remember the words of another president
running for reelection in the middle of an even graver economic
catastrophe, words that seem eerily relevant now.
Here is Franklin Roosevelt, in Madison Square Garden, in 1936:
"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."
President Obama might recall that Roosevelt won re-election by the
largest majority before or since.