Roosevelt’s Thanksgiving Proclamation 1933

With unemployment insurance  about to run out for millions of people and the Congress and the President set to reduce our parsimonious social welfare system in the name of free enterprise, it is well to recall those dark days of the Great Depression when, on Thanksgiving Day 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed the following:

May we recall the courage of those who settled a wilderness, the vision of those who founded the Nation, the steadfastness of those who in every succeeding generation have fought to keep pure the ideal of equality of opportunity and hold clear the goal of mutual help in time of prosperity as in time of adversity.

May we ask guidance in more surely learning the ancient truth that greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches can never bring lasting happiness or good to the individual or to his neighbors.

May we be grateful for the passing of dark days; for the new spirit of dependence one on another; for the closer unity of all parts of our wide land; for the greater friendship between employers and those who toil; for a clearer knowledge by all nations that we seek no conquests and ask only honorable engagements by all peoples to respect the lands and rights of their neighbors; for the brighter day to which we can win through by seeking the help of God in a more unselfish striving for the common bettering of mankind.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

This from the President who got us through the Depression and charted a course to ensure safe passage for future generations.  Yet today, Wall Street bankers are richer than ever,the poverty class is growing, the elderly are about to see a reduction in their paltry dole, children starve and are sick, the health system is broken down. In answer to these dark times, the Congress and the President think not of bringing people together, but talk about money as they prepare to further dismantle Roosevelt’s New Deal. All this as  the United States slides into decline and prepares to enter the dark age.

5 responses to “Roosevelt’s Thanksgiving Proclamation 1933

  1. Elizabeth Rogers

    In my view President Obama needs to “go FDR!” on the superrich Republicans and tea partiers who obviously don’t have a clue (and don’t care) about how average Americans live–or try to! The Democrats made an effort to work with the Republicans in Congress but gained NO cooperation. The Repubs–who are now bowing and scraping to the tea party types–have made it crystal clear that their ultimate goal is to see the Obama Presidency end in failure after one term.

    Some (we can only hope it’s a small percentage) simply can’t accept that an African-American actually won the Presidency in 2008. Others want to protect their privileged status at all costs, even if that means continued high unemployment and stagnant economic conditions for the rest of us. It’s O.K. with them as long as they don’t lose their precious tax cuts!
    Still others think it’s perfectly acceptable to murder a doctor just because he believed that a woman has the right to control what happens to her own body. And these are the same folks who say they want “small government”! How much bigger can government get than when it’s peering into our bedrooms or dictating the terms of the physician-patient relationship?

    Our gridlocked Congress and paralyzed government should be of great concern to all Americans because that’s not how a functioning democracy works! We are indeed beginning to look and act like a banana republic instead of a world power.

  2. “If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself.” That’s kind of how I feel. Today I depend on Social Security to get by. I am 73. I work out in the gym daily. I eat right. No unhealthy habits. So I stand a chance of living another 15 years or so. Which means I will be around to mock my right-wing friends with an “I told you so” after the wheels have completely dropped off the wagon. Will I be fighting with some former Tea Party type over the last scrap of food to be found in the dumpster in the alley where we both live? (Oh, and the average temperature then will be 120 degrees thanks to Global Warming.)

    America is already in some metaphoric dumpster. God help our kids.

  3. I don’t know where you got your information on FDR and the New Deal, but most economist think that the New Deal resulted in a depression in the US that lasted for about 20 years. Even WWII did not fully resurrect the economy. Noted that the depression was world wide, almost all countries had recovered within a few years except for the US. The reason was the policies of FDR. I refer you to the book “The Forgotten Man”. This gives a fair idea of the extreme nature of the FDR policies. Many of these failed policies are being attempted by Obama and are resulting in a deepening of the economic crisis that we are in. The QE2 will devalue our dollar. The Fed is betting that the infusion of money will stimulate the economy. But the problem is that Obama has assured us of no job growth. That is because of his failed health policy and the other barriers in place to employment. As a owner of a business I would be nuts to hire someone in the US. As a result of QE2 not stimulating the economy, the result will be a significant rise in inflation, which is already happening but not acknowledge by the government. This will be worse than what occured in the 60’s as interest rates can not rise like they did at that time and too many people are entering into a stage of life that demands fixed income. In short, we are screwed. The only thing that will work would be to stop health care, eliminate regulation and drop taxes. We need to encourage more situations like the bankers who are making tons of money as that is the only thing that works in situations like this.

  4. Micki Schomaker

    A good start to attempt to make things better would be to stop giving Obama the benefit of the doubt (master chess player and all that) and hold him accountable, put his feet to the fire, stop making excuses for him. Make him know that he has to “go FDR” or be a one-term president.

  5. Patrick Aucoin

    but most economist think that the New Deal resulted in a depression in the US that lasted for about 20 years.

    We can all re right history, re wrong history. There should be history police!!! When people got jobs working on infrastructure, that was FDR. All I know is that jobs (or today, meaningful occupation) is a Healthy Society!

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