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Teddy Roosevelt: Great Words from the Past

September 18, 2011

A frequent theme of what I write about ALL the time here is the menace of money in politics.  It is abhorrent and if we don’t change it will continue to put our country on a very dangerous and ruinous path.  We have legislators in Washington who are writing the laws with the interests of ONE group of people in mind, and hint…if you are poor, or in the middle class, you aren’t the group I am talking about.

Enter, Theodore Roosevelt and his Sixth Annual Message that he presented to the American public.  It is amazing to me how generations later, people don’t recognize that human nature never changes.  The problems we have today, we had over 100 years ago, but then, unlike today, there were politicians with real backbones who could stand up and speak to them.  Take the link to read the whole message if you like, I am going going to post paragraphs one and three.  See if they don’t ring true in today’s environment:

As a nation we still continue to enjoy a literally unprecedented prosperity (my comment: for the wealthy today); and it is probable that only reckless speculation and disregard of legitimate business methods on the part of the business world can materially mar this prosperity.

I again recommend a law prohibiting all corporations from contributing to the campaign expenses of any party. Such a bill has already past one House of Congress. Let individuals contribute as they desire; but let us prohibit in effective fashion all corporations from making contributions for any political purpose, directly or indirectly.

Any politician who would make this claim today would have millions of backers, I would be first in line.

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  1. Grace Valentine permalink

    Chomsky, Noam. 2003. Hegemony and Survival. Great overview of how Woodrow Wilson derailed TR’s vision. Not reading for the faint hearted, but if you can stand it, very useful and interesting POV, historical review.

    Cheers (no, I’m not being ironic)

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