Not everyone was a fan of Ronald Reagan’s economic policies.
No one can earn a million dollars honestly.
Then-Senator Robert F. Kennedy delivers a presidential campaign speech in the Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania in April of 1968.
According to an article in the Daily Pennsylvanian (PDF), there was a sizable - and loud - section of Eugene McCarthy supporters:
Kennedy drew laughter from the audience when he answered a ‘We Want Gene (McCarthy)’ with ‘Well, you’re stuck with me.’Via the University of Pennsylvania University Archives Digital Image Collection
And now I can say that I have taken a selfie with one of the world’s most powerful leaders! It was such an honor to meet and chat with President Bill Clinton today in Kentucky! Looking forward to working with him more in the future!
Well, I, uh, that’s, hmm …
We view with pride and satisfaction this bright picture of our country’s growth and prosperity, while only a closer scrutiny develops a somber shading. Upon more careful inspection we find the wealth and luxury of our cities mingled with poverty and wretchedness and unremunerative toil. A crowded and constantly increasing urban population suggests the impoverishment of rural sections and discontent with agricultural pursuits. The farmer’s son, not satisfied with his father’s simple and laborious life, joins the eager chase for easily acquired wealth.
We discover that the fortunes realized by our manufacturers are no longer solely the reward of sturdy industry and enlightened foresight, but that they result from the discriminating favor of the Government and are largely built upon undue exactions from the masses of our people. The gulf between employers and the employed is constantly widening, and classes are rapidly forming, one comprising the very rich and powerful, while in another are found the toiling poor.
As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the existence of trusts, combinations, and monopolies, while the citizen is struggling far in the rear or is trampled to death beneath an iron heel. Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people’s masters.
THIS WAS MORE THAN 100 YEARS AGO, Y’ALL(via lillabet)
Richard Nixon resigned the presidency 40 years ago today (after a televised announcement the night before), boarded a plane with his wife, and came home to Southern California. Throngs of supporters greeted them at what was then El Toro air station in Orange County.
More on Watergate and the resignation of Richard Nixon:
Photos: (top) Richard M. Nixon and wife, Pat, after arrival at El Toro air station from Washington. (Bottom) Part of a crowd of 5,000 flag-waving and singing supporters who greeted Richard M. Nixon. This photo was published in the Aug. 10, 1974, Los Angeles Times. Credit: Larry Anderson / Los Angeles Times
The preparation of President Nixon’s lunch on his last full day in office. 8/8/74.