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Brent Abrahamson of The Massachusetts Observer  has put together a highlight presentation of a speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt at Madison Square Garden (October 31, 1936). By putting this together, Brent has made a great contribution to the current debate. If you like it, frequent his website and send him email of your approval. Let’s make this video go viral by viewing it and promoting it to our friends to view.

I heard things in this speech the second time around that I had missed on first listen. You might have the same experience.

The link, The Massachusetts Observer, also has a transcript of the speech highlights. Here is a snippet of that transcript:

And, here is an amazing paradox! The very employers and politicians and newspapers who talk most loudly of class antagonism and the destruction of the American system now undermine that system by this attempt to coerce the votes of the wage earners of this country. It is the 1936 version of the old threat to close down the factory or the office if a particular candidate does not win. It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them.

But they are guilty of more than deceit. When they imply that the reserves thus created against both these policies will be stolen, they attack the integrity and the honor of American Government itself. Those who suggest that are already aliens to the spirit of American democracy. Let them emigrate and try their lot under some foreign flag in which they have more confidence.

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