Mere weeks after a national election, it is well for us to stop for a moment and analyze calmly and without prejudice the effect on our Nation of a victory by either of the major political parties.
The problem of the electorate is far deeper, far more vital than the continuance of the representation and/or Ministry of any individual. For the greater issue goes beyond units of humanity–it goes to humanity itself.
Give me your help not to win votes alone, but to win in this crusade to restore America to its own people.
– Franklin Roosevelt
People want peace of mind instead of a constant consuming fear.
People seek escape from the terrors that has haunted them for years now. They want the peace that comes from security in their homes: safety for their savings, permanence in their jobs, a fair profit from their enterprise. They want community peace that comes from the ability to meet the needs of community life: schools, playgrounds, parks, sanitation, highways–those things which are expected of solvent local government. They want escape from disintegration and bankruptcy in local and state affairs. People want peace within the Nation: protection of their currency, fairer wages, the ending of long hours of toil, the safety of their children from kidnappers, etc.
Today the nation is full of young men and young women for whom opportunity had become a will-o’-the-wisp.
I tell you today….
This can be changed. We can change it… We will change it.
We have not come this far without a struggle and I assure you we cannot go further without a struggle.
For decades this Nation has been plagued with hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing Governments. The Nation looked to Government but the Government keeps looking away.
We have been struggling with the old enemies of peace–business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.
Politicians have taken the Government as an appendage to their own affairs. A government by organized money is just as dangerous as one by the mobs or gangs.