Tell the Democratic Party to stop taking corporate money!
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In the century in which we live, the Democratic Party has received the support of the electorate only when the party, with absolute clarity, has been the champion of progressive and liberal policies and principles of government.
The party has failed consistently when, through political trading and chicanery, it has fallen into the control of those interests, personal and financial, which think in terms of dollars instead of in terms of human values.
The Republican Party has made its nominations this year at the dictation of those who, we all know, always place money ahead of human progress.
The Democratic convention, as appears clear from the events of today, is divided on this fundamental issue. Until the Democratic Party through this convention makes overwhelmingly clear it stands in favor of social progress and liberalism, and shakes off the shackles of control fastened upon it by the forces of conservatism, reaction, and appeasement, it will not continue it's march of victory.
It is without question that certain political influences pledged to reaction in domestic affairs and to appeasement in foreign affairs have been busily engaged behind the scenes in the promotion of discord since this convention convened.
Under these circumstances, I cannot, in all honor, and will not, merely for political expediency, go along with the cheap bargaining and political maneuvering which has brought about party dissension in this convention.
It is best not to straddle ideals.
In these days of danger when democracy must be more than vigilant, there can be no connivance with the kind of politics which has internally weakened nations abroad before the enemy has struck from without.
It is best for America to have the fight out here and now.
I wish to give the Democratic Party the opportunity to make its historic decision clearly and without equivocation. The party must go wholly one way or the other. It cannot face in both directions at the same time.
This letter wasn't written today, it was written by Franklin D. Roosevelt, but the words still ring true louder than ever. If we want the Democratic Party to succeed, it must have a clear direction in refusing corporate donations and therefor their influence. We must also fight harder, now more than ever, for the progressive agenda that FDR championed.
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