I attended a huge Mayor Nancy Shaver re-election campaign kickoff at the Willie Galimore Center this afternoon, September 10, 2016. There were more than a hundred people. In the words of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1944: "I felt the crowd, and it warmed me." (My mother was there and saw and heard FDR).
Like FDR's 1936 re-election campaign, Mayor Shaver's re-election takes on the Establishment, the corrupt forces of organized money that once ran government here. As FDR said at Madison Square Garden, New York City on October 31, 1936:
… In 1932 the issue was the restoration of American democracy; and the American people were in a mood to win. They did win. In 1936 the issue is the preservation of their victory. Again they are in a mood to win. Again they will win….More than four years ago in accepting the Democratic nomination in Chicago, I said: "Give me your help not to win votes alone, but to win in this crusade to restore America to its own people."
The banners of that crusade still fly in the van of a Nation that is on the march.
…. We have not come this far without a struggle and I assure you we cannot go further without a struggle.
… 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.