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FDR’s 1930s Speeches Are Sadly Just As Relevant Today

And Republicans are just as opposed to a strong, capable, and popular government as they were then.

Dash MacIntyre
5 min readMar 18, 2023

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The following are quotes from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1936 “Madison Square Garden Speech” he gave just a few days before his second election victory.

Unfortunately, his words are pretty much a speech President Joe Biden could repeat verbatim with just as much relevance today:

“In 1932 the issue was the restoration of American democracy; and the American people were in a mood to win. They did win. In 1936 the issue is the preservation of their victory. Again they are in a mood to win. Again they will win.”

The stock market crash and the beginning of the Great Depression were pretty bad for American democracy, but January 6th and Donald Trump’s abject refusal to peacefully transfer power were a more acute threat to American democracy. Thanks for winning, Joe Biden!

“It is needless to repeat the details of the program which this Administration has been hammering out on the anvils of experience. No amount of misrepresentation or statistical contortion can conceal or blur or smear that record. Neither the attacks of unscrupulous enemies

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Dash MacIntyre

Comedian, political satirist, and poet. Created The Halfway Post. Check out my comedy book Satire In The Trump Years, and my poetry book Cabaret No Stare.