Philosophical Musings

Philosophical Musings

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Roosevelt in 1936, Obama 2012

Here is an interesting speech excerpt from Franklin Roosevelt campaigning for his second term..  1936, madison square garden, ny, ny:

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.

In a very similar way, Obama is appealing to the people as FDR did. Certainly, there was need for some govt regulation, as the money people were trampling & exploiting the working people, though many have argued that FDR's financial policies are what made the 'great depression' so great.. i don't know. The irony in this is the illusion that FDR & Obama have in being for the people, and against 'organized money'.  WW2 gave fdr the economic boom he wanted.. not progressive policies. Organized money continued to profit, with 'Daddy Warbucks' getting richer. In obama's reign, the financial sector, & especially the green financial sector has profited from his policies. His cronies are the Daddy Greenbucks. But neither really helped the people. They just had to appear to be for the people to get their votes.

But it is the illusion of 'taking care of the people' that appeals to many. That's what the occupy wall street crowd seems to want. They want the nanny state. Cradle to grave policies sound great to them. But it is an illusion, as the state cannot provide for others without taking from someone else. Decades of this mindset has increased the dependents, & the providers can no longer care for them. We have effectively 'run out of other people's money'.

Here's another fdr speech excerpt from the same year.. October 31, 1936

What was our hope in 1932? Above all other things the American people wanted peace. They wanted peace of mind instead of gnawing fear.
First, they sought escape from the personal terror which had stalked them for three years. They wanted the peace that comes from security in their homes: safety for their savings, permanence in their jobs, a fair profit from their enterprise.
Next, they wanted peace in the community, the peace that springs from the ability to meet the needs of community life: schools, playgrounds, parks, sanitation, highways--those things which are expected of solvent local government. They sought escape from disintegration and bankruptcy in local and state affairs.
They also sought peace within the Nation: protection of their currency, fairer wages, the ending of long hours of toil, the abolition of child labor, the elimination of wild-cat speculation, the safety of their children from kidnappers.
And, finally, they sought peace with other Nations--peace in a world of unrest. The Nation knows that I hate war, and I know that the Nation hates war.

..nothing wrong with any of this.. all politicians promise this. This is a very good example & concise summary of the basic desires of people and what they want from their government.

1. Labor laws to protect the worker.
2. Infrastructure for the good of the country.. 'those things which are expected of solvent local government'
3. Financial regulations to end wild-cat speculation.. securities watchdog
4. Fair profit from enterprise.. fair business regulations
5. Protection of the currency.
6. peace with other nations

This is not the formula for a nanny state. This is not a structure for a socialist agenda. These are fair, reasonable duties for a government of the people. This is all the government we need. This is what Obama promised us.. hope & change.. fairness & protection of the weak. But he has only furthered the gains of the moneyed elite. Dependency on the government has grown, not the Gross Domestic Product or entrepreneurial ventures. He has moved us even closer to statism & is bringing us to the edge of financial collapse. Does not organized money continue to see 'Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs'? This has not decreased under Obama, but increased. He is not a friend of the people, but of organized money. Of course, he gets to pick the winners.. his cronies are the ones that get the gravy, but he's still an appendage of the moneyed elite.

We let them divide us over insignificant details.. things we can work out in our leisure. They plunder & corrupt the entire system, & hand out candy to distract us. We need to narrow our focus on what we want from govt. I hope that we can see the nanny state as impossible.. it is bankrupting us. The currency will collapse. But unfortunately, too many voters think they can still profit from the govt ponzi scheme. They know it cannot last, & many at the end will be left holding the bag, they just hope it will last a few more years while they get theirs. This is not a responsible, protective view of loyal citizens of a nation. We should want good things for the country for our children & grandchildren. We should not want to bring it to ruin, just so we can live on easy street for a while.

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