For those who are unfamiliar, Henry Wallace was an Iowan who was FDR’s vice-president from 1941 to 1945. While Wallace was best known as Vice-President, he is also the person who started the Hi-Bred Corn Company. Wallace was to the left of many in the Democratic Party of his day. Wikipedia has a good biography of Wallace.
During his lifetime Wallace became somewhat of a pariah as the McCarthy era branded him as sympathetic to Communists. Yet many of the things that Wallace stood for such as universal government health-insurance and the abolition of segregation (or today played out in ending racism) have become causes that most Dems are fighting for.
For today we will post some quotes from Mr. Wallace that seem to be very relevant in today’s political world:
“The obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press. These demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned.
The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information.
With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.”
“The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact.”
“A liberal knows that the only certainty in this life is change but believes that the change can be directed toward a constructive end.”
We must not tolerate oppressive government or industrial oligarchy in the form of monopolies and cartels.
With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.
Much more at the link
Lots of wisdom in there from 70+ years ago that still holds today.