“Borrowing” a speech or two … Part 2 of 2

Yesterday, I provided a look at George Washington’s Newburgh Address as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our nation.  That was a time when America was in its infancy, and it easily could have crumbled.

It could have crumbled under the threat of insurrection, with Continental Army officers hearing from Philadelphia that the American government was going broke and that they might not be compensated for their service.

Washington was a sly fox, pulling them together with a surprise move and winning them over with a simple statement that showed just how much he gave for this new nation himself.

That was a turning point in America.  It took wisdom.  It took courage, a real act of boldness.

If we look deeply enough, we can see some parallels between then and now.  There’s another period of time in American history that could be seen as a parallel between then and now, and it was a turning point as well.

The year was 1936.  America had experienced the Great Depression.  Times were hard.  Families had a hard time making ends meet.  Boldness was needed.  It took courage for a President on the campaign trail to effectively look his enemies in the eye and say, “I welcome their hatred.”

The words came from a President intent on turning a nation around — an entire nation — not just a particular class of its people.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Fra...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvių: Franklinas Delanas Ruzveltas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“For twelve years our nation was afflicted with hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing government.  The nation looked to that government, but that government looked away.  Nine mocking years with the golden calf and three long years of the scourge!  Nine crazy years at the ticker and three long years in the breadlines!  Nine mad years of mirage and three long years of despair!  And my friends, powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that that Government is best which is most indifferent to mankind.

“For nearly four years now you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves.  And I can assure you that 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.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1936 campaign speech, Madison Square Garden, New York City

Sound familiar?

As this nation faces another turning point, is there a leader out there with the same kind of courage today?

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Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that puts us back into the "middle class." I won't stop blogging, though. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at http://viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com/ and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at http://thecrossovermusicchannel.blogspot.com/ that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/daddysangbassdude2 for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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