Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Seventy-Five Years Ago Today

"I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the presidency, I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our nation impels. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great nation will endure as it has endured; will survive and will prosper. So first of all let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is, fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror - which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life, a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical times...The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to their ancient truths. The measure of restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Inaugural Address
March 4, 1933

Honestly, it really doesn't get any better than that, does it? Happy anniversary, Franklin. Send my love to Babs!


Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
"No Ordinary Time"
by Doris Kearns Goodwin


At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count me in!
From Brattleboro...

FDR...inspired, yes. Fair? Ask one of the Japanese-Americans that was detained.
On balance though, more good than bad.

At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Dr. Samsara said...

During the years of WWII had America been saddled with a flubadub like George W. Bush I had to contemplate what the outcome of the conflict would have been like. When comparing and contrasting the various U.S. presidents Bush comes up so deficit in so many important areas that it's frightening! Just hold your breath for the next 10 months until this clown is back on the ranch doing what he probably does best- laughin' round the barbeque pit with the boys and pickin' shit off his Tony Lama boots.

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Good comment, Doc. But I doubt that GWB will be doing much laughing during his post presidency. He will be spending every waking hour trying to avoid being sent to federal prison - or he'll be a fugitive from justice. Mark my words.


Tom Degan

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes America will survive this as well, and god willing bush and his henchmen will be made examples of to deter other sociopaths!
Thanks Mr. Degan, I always leave your site feeling a little less gloomy.

At 6:37 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...


Has my Granpa Ed risen from the dead?

Call me Tom, Dan! And thanks for the kind words. You made my day, pal!

All the best,

Tom Degan

At 3:30 AM, Blogger larkrise said...

Dear Tom,
Glad to see you are in top form, as usual. I have had computer problems, and am just now returning to posting comments.
FDR replaced the clueless Hoover. Hoover was unable to replace Republican ideology with common sense. In this respect, Bush, though infinitely worse than Hoover, resembles the stupidity of Republicans during the advent of the Great Depression. Once again, we teeter on the brink of economic disaster. FDR was able to focus on the common good, and bring us out of the morass. He was able to guide us through the dark years of WWII. Bush couldnt guide us out of a paper sack. The sociopathic little pipsqueak has vetoed the bill that would ban waterboarding. He apparently wants to be remembered as the Supreme King of Torture. It bolsters his weak, slimey, very pathetic ego. The Scumbag in Chief is the absolute antithesis to FDR. Bushlite is addicted to the use of fear, to fearmongering, to torture, to the destruction and degradation of human life. There is no honor in the man, no true compassion. FDR was among our greatest Presidents. George W. Bush is our most corrupt.


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