Thursday, March 20, 2014

Advice to deBlasio: Listen To FDR

The new mayor has riled up all manner of wealthy elites with his proposals.  We've seen concerted attacks in NYT's billionaire-owned vanity press from before Day 1.  But it was the Polititico interview with Bernie Madoff railing against deBlasio's policies that reminded me of FDR's wonderful speech, relevant excerpt below:
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.
They lost the election, but they're going to fight progress every step of the way.  Welcome their hatred and stick to your principles.

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