FDR – 1936 – “I Welcome Their Hatred”

3 minutes

Sometimes looking back helps clear up the vision as we look forward.

From an FDR campaign speech nearly 80 years ago at Madison Square Garden (October 31, 1936). Some things just never change:

“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.”

Something to consider on a Memorial Day weekend.

About Dave Bradley

retired in West Liberty
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