Saturday, October 07, 2006

Give 'Em Hell, Harry!

I'm up to page 235 of David McCullough's excellent 1100-plus page Truman, a biography of one of my favorite US Presidents. I just read an excerpt of one of his first Senate speeches, and it's too great not to share:

We worship money instead of honor. A billionaire, in our estimation, is much greater in these days in the eyes of the people than the public servant who works for public interest. It makes no difference if the billionaire rode to wealth on the sweat of little children and the blood of underpaid labor... We worship Mammon; and until we go back to the ancient fundamentals and return to the Giver of the Tables of Law and His teachings, these conditions are going to remain with us.
He gave that speech in 1937. The more things change, eh?

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