Don’t take Newt lightly: He sees Donald Trump as the final stage of his long campaign to undo the New Deal.
The president did not speak from fear or seek to incite it.
He had faith in Americans.
He knew what they had accomplished in fighting the Great Depression.
He knew they had not only rejected authoritarianism but also redeemed the nation’s historic promise by initiating revolutionary changes in American government and public life.
He knew they had subjected big business to public account – empowered the federal government to address the needs of working people – organized unions – fought for their rights – broadened and leveled the ‘We’ in ‘We the People’ established a social security system – expanded the nation’s public infrastructure – improved the environment – built schools and municipal buildings – cultivated the arts and refashioned popular culture and imbued themselves with fresh democratic convictions hopes and aspirations.
Indeed he knew that while there was much still to be done they had made the United States both stronger and richer and freer – more equal and more democratic.
Knowing all that Roosevelt projected a vision of a nation and a world characterized by four fundamental freedoms — freedom of speech and worship, freedom from want and fear — a vision that would guide not only the ensuing war effort but also the postwar labors that were to make America ever stronger richer and more democratic.
Those labors included enacting the Civil Rights – Voting Rights – Economic Opportunity and Fair Housing acts – expanding Social Security to encompass Medicare and Medicaid – passing immigration reform – instituting environmental workplace and consumer protections – creating new universities and establishing public endowments for the arts and humanities and establishing a public broadcasting system.
All that our parents and grandparents achieved however is now in jeopardy.
For the past 40 years the GOP right and reactionary rich – abetted by neoliberal Democrats – have laid siege to the promise of the Four Freedoms and the legacy of FDR and those we have rightly come to call the Greatest Generation.
In the wake of November’s election they seem poised to renew their campaigns.
Just last week former Republican speaker of the House Newt Gingrich – a fervent ally of Donald Trump- took to the stage at the Heritage Foundation to rally the right’s forces around the president-elect in favor of launching a final assault on what remains of the New Deal and the Great Society.
(ed:..and of course here in new zealand the tories (and the neoliberal ‘labour party’) have pretty much already destroyed our version of ‘the new deal’ – the welfare state (‘welfare’ – which has become almost a ‘dirty word’ in the eyes of both the tories and the labour (in name only) party).
this clearly evidenced by the stark realities of the widespread poverty/inequality/homelessness that now blights new zealand – a country that once led the way is showing the world how to ‘care for all’…)