President Dwight Eisenhower, Republican, November 8, 1954:
"Should any political party attempt to
abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws
and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political
history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you
can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an
occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible
and they are stupid."
President Abraham Lincoln, Republican, November 21, 1864:
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching
that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country .
. . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high
places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to
prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all
wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Democrat, October 31, 1936:
"We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace;
business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism,
sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the
United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government
by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never
before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate
as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me and I welcome their
hatred. I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the
forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have
it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master."
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