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Americans should remember words of FDR

Dec. 14, 2013 at 6:14 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

I was 1-year-old when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address. People were at the panic level trying to deal with the Great Depression.

Roosevelt began with the famous quote that calmed the waters and inspired us to work together to solve our problems. He said, "This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror, which paralyzes efforts to convert retreat into advance."

We as Americans have successfully faced adversity in many forms since that day in 1933. We will continue to do so. It is with sadness that I see millions being spent on propaganda designed to make people fear and distrust the very government that has played such an important role in making the American way of life possible. Talk radio hosts push their agenda of hate. What is even sadder is that people don't seem to recognize that they are being brainwashed. A number of recent letters in the Victoria Advocate have been written quoting these gurus while warning us to be very afraid.

I am an American. I am proud of what we have accomplished together.

I am not afraid. Together, we will endure and prosper. I'm sure the "nattering nabobs of negativism" will continue their tirades. But we don't have to listen to them. More importantly, we don't have to elect them to office. There is no real place for nameless, unreasoning, unjustified fear in this great country of ours.

Roy Wesselman, Goliad

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