SHORT VIDEO – PRESIDENT OBAMA’S “POPULIST” SPEECH AT OSAWATOMIE-KANSAS EARLIER THIS WEEK

Better late than never.  President Obama’s speech in Osawatomie, Kansas earlier this week finally brought forth some truly populist rhetoric from this staid and “centrist” president.

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Teddy Roosevelt delivered a rousing populist speech here in 1910 calling for – among other things – a “living-wage”, an 8-hour day, equal pay for women and child labor laws.  Imagine that!

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Teddy Roosevelt’s speech was a call for a strong central government that would protect ordinary Americans from what he called the greed and recklessness of big business and special interests.  That speech became known as Roosevelt’s “New Nationalism” speech and became one of the main components of 20th-century progressivism.

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It remains to be seen whether President Obama’s speech lives up to that high standard or is simply too little, too late.  He has close to a year before the next presidential election to at least get his “rhetoric” in order, if not his decision-making.

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PETE/MARIN
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