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Great Moments in Italian American Political Speech-making
“I as the chairman have been guided by a simple principle; the principle that the law must deal fairly with every man. For me, this is the oldest principle of democracy. It is the simple but great principle that enables man to live justly and in decency in a free society. It is now nearly 15 centuries since the Emperor Justinian, from whose name the word ‘justice’ is derived, established this principle for the free citizens of Rome.”
The great New York populist Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia (pictured) gave the last known public speaking engagement of his life. The 5’2″ WWI hero with a history of personally relishing political combat, made this stinging appraisal, “My generation has failed miserably. We’ve failed because of lack of courage and vision. It requires more courage to keep the peace than to go to war.”
Firebrand progressive Rhode Island Senator John O. Pastore denounced ‘reactionaries and extremists’ at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. For more, go here.
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