There was a time not so long ago when you could talk about freedom from want and freedom from fear as part of everyone’s birthright, and of a government’s obligation to guarantee those freedoms by strong action and active management.
Henry Wallace was FDR’s rightful successor, but for the fact that a mob of party bosses denied the people’s will and Roosevelt’s choice to manipulate the Democratic Convention of 1944.
Listen to Wallace eliding gracefully between defeat of the Nazis and independence for American farmers, between freedom of speech and the right of minorities to a share of America’s prosperity.
Great things can happen if only we allow democracy to prevail. That’s why America’s ruling class has pulled out all the stops to assure that the will of the people is strangled in the cradle.