Thursday, August 20, 2009

Obama Should Welcome Their Hatred

Vagabond Scholar has an enlightening look back at a speech that Franklin Roosevelt gave while on the campaign trail in 1936. It doesn't take much imagination to realize that the very same challenges he faced post-Depression are being addressed once again, this time by Barack Obama.

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.

Batocchio goes on to provide insightful commentary and analysis of the numerous balls President Obama currently juggles, and how FDR's strategy of welcoming the hatred of those opposed to his approach might just be 73 year old prescription to getting this country back on track.

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