A Fight Both Liberals and Conservatives Can Rally Around …

Liberals love Franklin Delano Roosevelt … and conservatives hate him.

But both liberals and conservatives are inspired by the wise, non-partisan words of the supreme ass-kicker Teddy Roosevelt:

Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.

Roosevelt is exactly right: the root problem is not big business (which liberals blame) or big government (which conservatives blame).    It is the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politicians which is the core problem (read this for details).

Sure, Teddy busted up the private cartels.  But – as his quote shows – we have to bust up the public corruption as well, or nothing will change.

Remember, the government made the big banks into giants in the first place:

As MIT economics professor and former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson points out today, the official White House position is that:

(1) The government created the mega-giants, and they are not the product of free market competition

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(3) Giant banks are good for the economy

(Even after the financial crisis hit, the government encouraged the biggest banks to grow even bigger).

It is the Federal Reserve, Treasury and Congress who have:

This is not a partisan issue. Both liberals and conservatives agree that we must end the malignant, symbiotic relationship between big government and big corporations.

What History Teaches Us

Any conservatives who have any doubt about how corrupt Wall Street has become … please skim this and read these quotes:

“If the people only understood the rank injustice of our Money and Banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.”
- Andrew Jackson

“A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various powerful interests, combined in one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in banks.”
- John C. Calhoun, Vice President of the United States

“There is an evil which ought to be guarded against in the indefinite accumulation of property from the capacity of holding it in perpetuity by…corporations. The power of all corporations ought to be limited in this respect. The growing wealth acquired by them never fails to be a source of abuses.”
- James Madison

Any liberals who have any doubt about how corrupt government officials have become … kindly glance at this and read the following quotes:

“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the Field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
- Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom, 1913

“There exists a shadowy Government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself.”
- Senator Daniel K. Inouye, 1987

“The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.”
- Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, 1952

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2 Responses to “Roosevelt: “To Dissolve the Unholy Alliance Between Corrupt Business and Corrupt Politics is the First Task””

  1. brettmankey says:

    Too bad he is not around to run for President…

    “Malefactors of great wealth”

    by Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

    We wish to control big business so as to secure among other things good wages for the wage-workers and reasonable prices for the consumers. Wherever in any business the prosperity of the businessman is obtained by lowering the wages of his workmen and charging an excessive price to the consumers we wish to interfere and stop such practices. We will not submit to that kind of prosperity any more than we will submit to prosperity obtained by swindling investors or getting unfair advantages over business rivals.

    Too much cannot be said against the men of wealth who sacrifice everything to getting wealth. There is not in the world a more ignoble character than the mere money-getting American, insensible to every duty, regardless of every principle, bent only on amassing a fortune, and putting his fortune only to the basest uses —whether these uses be to speculate in stocks and wreck railroads himself, or to allow his son to lead a life of foolish and expensive idleness and gross debauchery, or to purchase some scoundrel of high social position, foreign or native, for his daughter. Such a man is only the more dangerous if he occasionally does some deed like founding a college or endowing a church, which makes those good people who are also foolish forget his real iniquity.

    These men are equally careless of the working men, whom they oppress, and of the State, whose existence they imperil. There are not very many of them, but there is a very great number of men who approach more or less closely to the type, and, just in so far as they do so approach, they are curses to the country.

  2. VennData says:

    If they really wanted it, it would happen, but they really DON’T want it. Because you also voted in people who said – via their Supreme Court picks – you need lots of money to run for elections, so they need the money. Don’t you see that? It’s so simple it’s baffling that you don’t get it.