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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Common Sense for a Time of Constitutional Crisis

"[Our economic and political rulers] have failed through their own stubborness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and have abdicated [their responsibility] ... They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish. ... They have shown no realization that what they call free enterprise means anything but greed." (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

From New Democratic Agenda:
For a new Vision and Framing of a Democratic Policy Agenda, check out this new version of "Common Sense," published on July 4, 2006: Common Sense for a Time of Crisis, by TomPaine06--

This Framing of a Democratic Policy Vision begins by reminding us of the vision of Franklin D. Roosevelt who--after a Republican policy agenda of tax cuts for the wealthy and do-nothing government had driven the country into the depths of the Great Depression-- understood that control of the government of the country needed to be taken back from the corporations and placed into the hands of the people.

"We may well ask, are we in danger of a new caveman's club, of a new feudal system, of the creation of such a highly centralized industrial control that we may have to bring forth a new Declaration of Independence?" (FDR, July 4, 1929)

"We are now providing a drab living for our own people ... If the process of concentration goes on at the same rate, at the end of another century we shall have all American industry controlled by a dozen corporations, and run by perhaps a hundred men ... We are steering a steady course toward economic oligarchy, if we are not there already." (FDR, 1932)

"This election is not a mere shift from the ins to the outs. It means deciding the direction our Nation will take over a century to come." (FDR, 1932)

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