by Scott Creighton
Sometimes looking back is the only way forward. Or at least a better way to understand where we are right now.
Why did Hillary Clinton lose this past election?
July 18, 1940
Members of the Convention:
In the century in which we live, the Democratic Party has received the support of the electorate only when the party, with absolute clarity, has been the champion of progressive and liberal policies and principles of government.
The party has failed consistently when through political trading and chicanery it has fallen into the control of those interests, personal and financial, which think in terms of dollars instead of in terms of human values…
Until the Democratic Party through this convention makes overwhelmingly clear its stand in favor of social progress and liberalism, and shakes off all the shackles of control fastened upon it by the forces of conservatism, reaction, and appeasement, it will not continue its march of victory…
Let us not forget the principles that the old Democratic Party stood for. The ideals that got FDR elected to the office of the President of the United States four times in a row.
FDR’s Vice President for the first 3 terms in office had a clear understanding of what we were fighting against then and what we are still fighting against now.
Wallace understood that German/Italian fascism was not only threatening our borders from without, but was already entrenched in the thinking of America’s business interest at home. He knew that was the greatest threat to our Grand Experiment and so did Franklin…
“Small government”. “Limited government”. “Statists”. A weakened democratic State made ready for vulture capitalists to swoop in and privatize it until nothing remains that can defend the people of America. “public/private partnerships”… “controlling private power”… do you understand?
On Jan. 11th, 1944, FDR committed the greatest sin against the establishment business class that once ruled America. He announced:
The right to healthcare, good paying jobs, a secure retirement, a decent home and a good education. This was the kind of thinking that corporate America could not have spreading to the population.
These days, FDR is reviled by the leadership of Republicans, Democrats and the Libertarians equally even though it is quite ironic that Bernie Sanders won the Democratic Primary running on FDR’s platform (he did win. Hillary and the fascist Dems stole it from him) and… well… you be the judge…
Who else ran this year? Who ran on an “America First” platform?
Trump also said he wouldn’t touch Social Security and Medicare and said he believed everyone should have access to healthcare, didn’t he? And didn’t he also talk about how the Clinton team broke up Glass-Steagall and brought about the Crash of 2008? He opposed free trade agreements that hurt American workers… all in all, it sounds like Donald Trump ran and won on a platform crafted by FDR and Henry Wallace.
And we shouldn’t be at all surprised at that. After the banksters destroyed the economy and set us into the Great Depression, it makes perfect sense that people would tend to gravitate toward more socialist programs, steering clear of the corrupt technocrats and Business Firsters who would drag us further and further into the murky depths for their own profit. It worked for Trump and Bernie just as it did for FDR way back then. The only difference is… FDR meant what he said.
In fact, the voting wasn’t even close:
Today we face the same struggle and we have not lost, not yet anyway.
It’s the same foe fighting for the same control they wanted when they tried to hire Smedley Butler to overthrow FDR and install a fascist, business friendly government right here in America in what was later called the Business Plot of 1933.
We could learn a lot today from what FDR went through back then. Especially the unDemocratic Party. But anyone really.
Yes, America has been hijacked by fascists. But it’s not the first time they tried and it isn’t too late to stop them.