Encore haunting by Santayana’s Ghost: FDR warns about Republican hypocrisy and sarcasm, from 1936

A haunting by Santayana‘s Ghost, on Social Security, unemployment insurance, job training, job creation and budget deficits:

[Editor’s note, 2016: Rats! that almost-perfect speech excerpt has disappeared from YouTube. Here’s a shorter excerpt.]

Our friend SBH pointed us to the text of the speech.  FDR addressed the New York State Democratic Convention, in Syracuse, on September 29, 1936  (Can you imagine — does any state have such thing still —  state party conventions so late in the year, today?).  He found it at UC-Santa Barbara‘s American Presidency Project website.  Here’s the text of the excerpt above, plus a little:

In New York and in Washington, Government which has rendered more than lip service to our Constitutional Democracy has done a work for the protection and preservation of our institutions that could not have been accomplished by repression and force.

Let me warn you and let me warn the Nation against the smooth evasion which says, “Of course we believe all these things; we believe in social security; we believe in work for the unemployed; we believe in saving homes. Cross our hearts and hope to die, we believe in all these things; but we do not like the way the present Administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them — we will do more of them, we will do them better; and, most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything.”

But, my friends, these evaders are banking too heavily on the shortness of our memories. No one will forget that they had their golden opportunity—twelve long years of it.

Remember, too, that the first essential of doing a job well is to want to see the job done. Make no mistake about this: the Republican leadership today is not against the way we have done the job. The Republican leadership is against the job’s being done.

Read more at the American Presidency Project: Franklin D. Roosevelt: Address at the Democratic State Convention, Syracuse, N.Y. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=15142&st=Roosevelt&st1#ixzz1T2VHx1tx


Social Security Poster: old man

Social Security Poster: old man (Photo from the Social Security Board, via Wikipedia)

This is mostly an encore post.

8 Responses to Encore haunting by Santayana’s Ghost: FDR warns about Republican hypocrisy and sarcasm, from 1936

  1. […] crude political dysfunction and disinformation from people who don’t know U.S. history, and won’t defend American principles.  Am I being […]


  2. […] crude political dysfunction and disinformation from people who don’t know U.S. history, and won’t defend American principles.  Am I being […]


  3. JamesK says:

    Child, if you want to claim the GOP isn’t the party of racism now then you’re going to have a fun time explaining this one:

    A North Carolina Republican congressman appeared on a notorious white nationalist radio program on Saturday to talk up legislation he coauthored accusing President Barack Obama of committing impeachable offenses. Rep. Walter Jones, a fiercely anti-war congressman who often breaks with his party on key votes, appeared on the Political Cesspool, a Memphis-based program hosted by ardent white nationalists James Edwards and Eddie Miller. The show has been condemned by groups like the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center for promoting racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic beliefs. Jones is the first member of Congress to appear on the program.

    An avowed white nationalist who says David Duke is “above reproach,” Edwards has referred to African Americans as “heathen savages” and “subhuman” and suggested that slavery was “the greatest thing that ever happened” to blacks. The show’s mission statement is blunt: “We represent a philosophy that is pro-White and are against political centralization,” it declares. It then outlines a series of issues the show exists to promote. “We wish to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races,” reads one plank. Another bullet point endorses the Confederacy: “Secession is a right of all people and individuals. It was successful in 1776 and this show honors those who tried to make it successful in 1865.”

    Edwards’ rhetoric has caught the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which argues that he has “probably done more than any of his contemporaries on the American radical right to publicly promote neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, raging anti-Semites and other extremists.” As the SPLC notes:

    “The Political Cesspool” in the past two years has become the primary radio nexus of hate in America. Its sponsors include the CCC and the Institute for Historical Review, a leading Holocaust denial organization. Its guest roster for 2007 reads like a “Who’s Who” of the radical racist right. CCC leader Gordon Lee Baum, Holocaust denier Mark Weber, Canadian white supremacist Paul Fromm, American Renaissance editor Jared Taylor, neo-Nazi activist April Gaede, anti-Semitic professor Kevin MacDonald, Stormfront webmaster Jamie Kelso and League of the South president Michael Hill have all been favorably interviewed on the “Political Cesspool” this year, along with former Klan leader and neo-Nazi David Duke, the show’s most frequent celebrity racist guest, who has logged three appearances.

    Edwards’ bigotry runs the spectrum. As Media Matters has documented, Edwards has alleged that Jews “run Washington, Wall Street, and the news and entertainment media” and that they’re “using pornography as a subversive tool against” Christians. He defended Mississippi voters who say that interracial marriage should be illegal. (He’s called interracial sex “white genocide.”) Jones is hardly the first prominent conservative to call into the Cesspool. Paul Babeu, a prominent anti-immigrant sheriff who was forced to step down as Mitt Romney’s Arizona co-chair after a gay sex scandal, praised the host in a 2010 appearance on the show. Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan has also appeared on the show; Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) had been booked to appear on Edwards’ show but canceled at the last minute, citing a scheduling conflict.

    Jones, a shoo-in to win a 10th term in November, is an arch-conservative with an independent streak. An early supporter of the Iraq war—he even went so far as to rename French fries in the House cafeteria “freedom fries”—he had a change of heart (as we explained in a 2006 profile), in large part due to the burden shouldered by families in his eastern North Carolina district, which includes Camp Lejeune. (He supported Paul during the GOP presidential primaries.) Edwards, like Jones, is an avowed proponent of “noninterventionism” who, on his website, calls on the federal government to “stop interfering politically, militarily, and socially outside of the borders of the United States of America.” On the Cesspool, Jones briefly discussed his bill, HR 107, which states that President Obama’s handling of the military intervention in Libya is an impeachable offense.

    Jones made a positive impression with his hosts, whom he engaged in friendly banter over the merits of musician Frankie Valli and the musical Jersey Boys. “This is your debut appearance and hopefully the first of many to come,” Edwards said.

    Multiple calls and emails to Jones’ office on Monday were not returned.



  4. JamesK says:

    Oh and by the way, What, its your precious Republicans that are following Karl Marx’s predictions to a T.


  5. JamesK says:

    ANd once again What proves that Republicans have no damn idea what communism or socialism actually is.

    He’s just going to spout off the stupid bulldrek that he’s been spoonfed by the likes of Rushbo and Glenn Beck


  6. Ed Darrell says:

    Does reality ever knock at your door? I’d love to see the citations for any of your claims. Got any? Or are they just opium dreams?

    Democrats used to be the party of racism — they got educated, thought better of it, renounced racism and campaigned for civil rights. Dick Nixon actively courted racists after that, and so did Ronald Reagan. Having turned around from a racist past is a point of honor with Democrats, a point of honor Republicans do not know and cannot claim — they left Lincoln behind in the scramble for a “Southern Strategy.”

    Do I think the GOP wanted to bring unemployment down in the 1930s? Not so much as they wanted tax cuts for the rich (which they got), tariffs to protect profits, but not expand markets or jobs, and some way to hold down labor costs. Andrew Mellon, Harding’s and Coolidge’s and Hoover’s Secretary of the Treasury, promised good times were “just around the corner,” and the Great Depression was just a minor dip in the business cycle, to be expected, and not to be corrected. That’s why people came out of Hoover Hotels in Hoovervilles, pushed in their Hoover flags and voted Hoover out.

    And again I wonder, have you ever studied history? Where, in Albania?


  7. Whatadupe. says:

    FDR carping about “hypocrisy”? that;s rich. He sold out his country to a pack of Jewish communists. FDR is perhaps the biggest hypocrite the Democrat Party has ever produced, and that is saying something given that deep bench of hypocrites the Democrats have produced over the years, goodness, he maintains power by sucking up to a bunch of southern racists and then harrangs them at the same time about race (the GOP was the party of the Black; the Democrats the party of the southern racists political machines, and the Blacks in the south knew it). Talk about hypocrisy. FDR is a black mark on American history–as is the New Deal. They looted the country. They want to do it again.

    FDR and his mob did all they could to up-end our “Constitutional Democracy” and were in the main successful–including outrageous voter fraud during his terms. He had to pack the SCOTUS with a bunch of Marxists to do it. It is absurd for him to claim that he was protecting it against the GOP. It is equally absurd to conflate social security with the Constitution or “democracy”. He is also putting words in the GOP’s collective mouth.

    FDR engages in the same sort of fallacious rhetoric that you do: Straw men and ad hominen assault. Democrat constantly project their vileness on the GOP and lie, lie lie.

    He is without honor; so are you.

    Do you seriously believe that the GOP in FDR’s time did not want to get unemployment down? What they wanted was to preserve the American system. Given the decadence and decline we are in today they where quite right. The New Deal has been a moral, political and economic disaster for this nation, and we are finally facing the consequences of it.

    The comic thing is that you think that useful idiots like yourself will prosper in the new order. You will be the first to go should the Democrats succed in turning the nation into a communist state.

    Actually, I have more faith in the people. They will reject the “transformation” that the Left wants for us, but it will well might meen civil war and the dissolution of America.

    Better to just give them the boot this year. The Republic cannot be restored until the Democrats are shown the door–and this time made to pay for their treason.


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