September 3, 2009
-- by Dave Johnson
"Selfish men have always tried to skim the cream from our natural resources to satisfy their own greed. And they have always sought to control the Government in order to accomplish this. Their instrument in this effort has always been the Republican Party."
Here is Harry Truman campaigning in 1948:
This is not a new battle. Selfish men have always tried to skim the cream from our natural resources to satisfy their own greed. And they have always sought to control the Government in order to accomplish this. Their instrument in this effort has always been the Republican Party.
The Republican administrations of our time have done their best to make the West an economic colony of Wall Street. In the 1920's, under Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, quick and greedy exploitation was the order of the day. Many parts of the West were withering--withering from the failure to develop its power and irrigation, withering actually from Republican sabotage.
Selfish men had control, and the great resources of the West were wasted with sinful disregard of the people.
. . . That was the situation in 1932 after 12 years of Republican rule.
. . . The long, costly job of rebuilding after the ruinous Republican years was begun with hope and vigor. Conservation of the forests and grazing land, control of soil erosion, propagation of fish and wildlife, and other sound measures were put into effect.
. . . Today, after 4 Democratic administrations, there are some 60 reclamation projects completed or under way in the West. When these projects are finished they will provide water for over 10 million acres, and will produce over 5 million kilowatts of power.
That's the record the Democratic Party has made.
. . . The Republican Party has shown in the Congress of the past 2 years that the leopard does not change his spots. It is still the party of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover. It is still the party that gave you the phony Coolidge boom and the Hoover depression.
It is still the party whose money at election time comes from Wall Street. It is still the party which passes bills at the dictation of lobbies, and sacrifices the interests of the people for the profits of big business.
The Democratic Party is the party of the people. We are fighting with all our strength to prevent the gluttons of privilege from swallowing up the country. We are fighting the battle of the West, because it is the battle of all the country. We are fighting the battle of the farmer and the worker and the small businessman, because that is the battle of all the people.
Your Government is now planning the most ambitious irrigation development in all our history. The goal of our program is to bring every possible western acre under irrigation and to develop to the fullest extent the hydroelectric resources of this great region.
Now, I'm going to fight for this program with all I've got. Now, can I count on you?
You have the decision to make.
A vote for the Republicans stops the program.
A vote for the Democrats is a vote for a glorious West with wealth and security for our people.
He talks about how the Republicans want spending cuts, and the Democrats want projects for the people. The Democratic Party was the majority party, and talking like this -- telling it like it is -- kept them the majority party for several more decades.
Posted by Dave Johnson at September 3, 2009 7:52 PM
Nice post. It occurs to me how many great leaders we have had in our history which only highlights how we are lacking for a truly great leader in these modern times. There are still great people out there-but they are not in Washington. It saddens me to say that I get disheartened watching the "pros" in Washington. Then I speak to a few of my students and they remind me there may be some great leaders that are up and coming. One particular student of mine I would vote for if they were to run for president tomorrow. She would make an excellent first woman president and leader to get the Democratic party back to what we are really all about. We truly are the best party when we break it all down to our roots and basic beliefs.
I teach as well. I teach middle school so I can't say I would vote for any of my students for President just yet, but it's nice to hear that, IloveMichelleO. I would guess it may be due to the fact that your students are relatively pure. As in, they have not been around those in D.C.
The Democratic party is the best party, all of the time.
Truman was one of a kind. It would be nice to have another like him come down the pipe. We could sure use them now.
It has nothing to do with leaders. It's all about the money and where it comes from. The democratic party has been captive to the malefactors of great wealth for decades now. Nader was right.
When did Democrats stop talking this way? Can you imagine *anything* like this coming out of Obama's mouth? Henry Reid's? Nancy Pelosi's? Accusing the Republicans of "sabotage", talking about a "phony" boom?
"Selfish men had control, and the great resources of the West were wasted with sinful disregard of the people."
Trying to "prevent the gluttons of privilege from swallowing up the country."
I can't. They're be pilloried as socialist radicals, as loose cannons, as partisan hawks, yadda yadda yadda... and do you think the Wall Street Journal and the corporate media didn't do all that and more back then?
Van Jones was forced to resign because he called Republicans "assholes"?!? What would happen to Harry Truman today? He's practically charging the Republican Party with treason here! This is "coarse rhetoric", to say the least.
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