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Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Volume 4, Issue Number 29

The time has now come, when Germany must unilaterally withdraw from the Maastricht Treaty and the European Monetary Union and return to the deutschemark as its national currency, in order to be able to realize a well-defined growth policy. The Stability and Growth Law of 1967 must be activated through a state investment program for productive full employment, in order to overcome the total economic disequilibrium, which there has undoubtedly been, in view of an unemployment level that is in reality around 9 million people.

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1940 Acceptance Speech
July 19 - 25, 1940

As War Rages in Europe, Franklin Roosevelt Accepts A Third Nomination for President

It was after midnight on July 19, 1940 when Franklin Roosevelt delivered a radio address to the Democratic National Convention delegates in Chicago, accepting their nomination for a third Presidential term. At the opening of the Convention on July 16, Senator Alben Barkley had read a statement from President Roosevelt which released his delegates to vote for any candidate they chose. But the looming threat to the Americas from the fascist onslaught in Europe required a sober decision by the delegates, and they turned again to the man who had repeatedly warned Americans of the coming danger, and who had done much to ready the country to face it.

Roosevelt opened his address by citing the late hour, but adding that he "felt that you would rather that I speak to you now than wait until tomorrow." He then went on to explain why he was accepting an unprecedented third term: "It is with a very full heart that I speak tonight. I must confess that I do so with mixed feelings— because I find myself, as almost everyone does sooner or later in his lifetime, in a conflict between deep personal desire for retirement on the one hand, and that quiet, invisible thing called 'conscience' on the other...."

"When, in 1936, I was chosen by the voters for a second time as President, it was my firm intention to turn over the responsibilities of Government to other hands at the end of my term. That conviction remained with me. Eight years in the Presidency, following a period of bleak depression, and covering one world crisis after another, would normally entitle any man to the relaxation that comes from honorable retirement.

"During the spring of 1939, world events made it clear to all but the blind or the partisan that a great war in Europe had become not merely a possibility but a probability, and that such a war would of necessity deeply affect the future of this nation.

"When the conflict first broke out last September, it was still my intention to announce clearly and simply, at an early date, that under no conditions would I accept reelection. This fact was well known to my friends, and I think was understood by many citizens.

"It soon became evident, however, that such a public statement on my part would be unwise from the point of view of sheer public duty. As President of the United States, it was my clear duty, with the aid of Congress, to preserve our neutrality, to shape our program of defense, to meet rapid changes, to keep our domestic affairs adjusted to shifting world conditions, and to sustain the policy of the Good Neighbor....

"In times like these—in times of great tension, of great crisis—the compass of the world narrows to a single fact. The fact which dominates our world is the fact of armed aggression, the fact of successful armed aggression, aimed at the form of Government, the kind of society that we in the United States have chosen and established for ourselves. It is a fact which no one longer doubts—which no one is longer able to ignore.

"It is not an ordinary war. It is a revolution imposed by force of arms, which threatens all men everywhere. It is a revolution which proposes not to set men free but to reduce them to slavery—to reduce them to slavery in the interest of a dictatorship which has already shown the nature and the extent of the advantage which it hopes to obtain....

"Like most men of my age, I had made plans for myself, plans for a private life of my own choice and for my own satisfaction, a life of that kind to begin in January, 1941. These plans, like so many other plans, had been made in a world which now seems as distant as another planet. Today all private plans, all private lives, have been in a sense repealed by an overriding public danger. In the face of that public danger all those who can be of service to the Republic have no choice but to offer themselves for service in those capacities for which they may be fitted.

"Those, my friends, are the reasons why I have had to admit to myself, and now to state to you, that my conscience will not let me turn my back upon a call to service.

"The right to make that call rests with the people through the American method of a free election. Only the people themselves can draft a President. If such a draft would be made upon me, I say to you, in the utmost simplicity, I will, with God's help, continue to serve with the best of my ability and with the fullness of my strength....

"I have spoken to you in a very informal and personal way. The exigencies of the day require, however, that I also talk with you about things which transcend any personality and go very deeply to the roots of American civilization.

"Our lives have been based on those fundamental freedoms and liberties which we Americans have cherished for a century and a half. The establishment of them and the preservation of them in each succeeding generation have been accomplished through the processes of free elective Government—the democratic-republican form, based on the representative system and the coordination of the executive, the legislative and the judicial branches.

"The task of safeguarding our institutions seems to me to be twofold. One must be accomplished, if it becomes necessary, by the armed defense forces of the nation. The other, by the united effort of the men and women of the country to make our Federal and State and local Governments responsive to the growing requirements of modern democracy.

"There have been occasions, as we remember, when reactions in the march of democracy have set in, and forward-looking progress has seemed to stop.

"But such periods have been followed by liberal and progressive times which have enabled the nation to catch up with new developments in fulfilling new human needs. Such a time has been the past seven years. Because we had seemed to lag in previous years, we have had to develop, speedily and efficiently, the answers to aspirations which had come from every State and every family in the land.

"We have sometimes called it social legislation; we have sometimes called it legislation to end the abuses of the past; we have sometimes called it legislation for human security; and we have sometimes called it legislation to better the condition of life of the many millions of our fellow citizens, who could not have the essentials of life or hope for an American standard of living....

"But all of these definitions and labels are essentially the expression of one consistent thought. They represent a constantly growing sense of human decency, human decency throughout our nation.

"This sense of human decency is happily confined to no group or class. You find it in the humblest home. You find it among those who toil, and among the shopkeepers and the farmers of the nation. You find it, to a growing degree, even among those who are listed in that top group which has so much control over the industrial and financial structure of the nation. Therefore, this urge of humanity can by no means be labeled a war of class against class. It is rather a war against poverty and suffering and ill-health and insecurity, a war in which all classes are joining in the interest of a sound and enduring democracy....

"But we all know that our progress at home and in the other American nations toward this realization of a better human decency—progress along free lines—is gravely endangered by what is happening on other continents. In Europe, many nations, through dictatorships or invasions, have been compelled to abandon normal democratic processes. They have been compelled to adopt forms of government which some call 'new and efficient.'


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Time for Germany To Assert Its Sovereignty, or Perish
by Helga Zepp-LaRouche

The time has now come, when Germany must unilaterally withdraw from the Maastricht Treaty and the European Monetary Union and return to the deutschemark as its national currency, in order to be able to realize a well-defined growth policy. The Stability and Growth Law of 1967 must be activated through a state investment program for productive full employment, in order to overcome the total economic disequilibrium, which there has undoubtedly been, in view of an unemployment level that is in reality around 9 million people.

Oskar Lafontaine: An Aging Bankers' Boy?
by Elke Fimmen
Before entering into a review of the new book by Oskar Lafontaine, Politics for All: A Polemical Treatise for a Just Society, which is designed to serve as a manifesto for the new synthetic 'left party' in Germany, I'll make some more general remarks to set the context. First, it is funny to remember, that Lafontaine's book written in 1997, with his wife Christa Mu¨ller, had the title Do Not Be Afraid of Globalization: Jobs and Wealth for All. He really offers something for everybody, it seems. Maybe Oskar can be best considered a salesman—for those ideologies, which synarchist bankers deem useful at times to be spread among the credulous public.

Left Party To Counter Zepp-LaRouche Campaign
by Rainer Apel
It happened before: During the Summer of 2004, the LaRouche Youth Movement, within a few weeks after its first Monday Rally in Leipzig on July 12, managed to mobilize citizens in more than 200 German cities to participate in a campaign to replace austerity policy by an investment and job creation program. Then, in early August, many of the leftist and ecologist groups, ranging from the ATTAC umbrella group to Trotskyists, were awakened from theirSummersleep and all of a sudden discovered that they had to act to contain the LaRouche role in these Monday rallies.

Underlying Brazil's Corruption Scandal: A Drive for a Coup?
by Gretchen Small
Think, for moment, about Brazil as if you were part of the international financial oligarchy: Your financial system, globally, is crashing, and American statesman Lyndon LaRouche, who has prepared for this crisis for decades, as the opportunity to revive your deadliest enemy, the American System of Economics, is playing a leading role within the U.S. Democratic Party, and gaining strength in the increasingly active 'Eisenhower wing' of the Republican Party, too. Forces in Europe are rallying under the same banner. The Italian Parliament has adopted a resolution calling upon its government to organize for an international conference on the way out of this crisis (along the lines of LaRouche's New Bretton Woods proposal), and now LaRouche's wife, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, has launched an aggressive campaign for the Chancellorship of Germany on a New Bretton Woods program. Representatives of the Eurasian giants (Russia, India, and China) just held a closed-door strategy session in Berlin with LaRouche and representatives of other Asian and European nations.

Foreign Hands Behind Philippine Collapse
by Mike Billington
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo may soon be out of office, but the crisis ripping apart the economic and social fabric of Philippine society will not be solved simply by 'regime change.' The crisis in the Philippines is occurring in the context of the systemic collapse of the dollar-based global monetary-financial system, and in the midst of a politicalshowdown in Washington between the rapidly unravelling Bush/Cheney regime and an emerging bipartisan alliance, centered in the U.S. Senate, attempting to return the United States to the 'American-system' policies associated with Franklin D. Roosevelt, and promoted today by Democrat Lyndon LaRouche.

Central Asia Battle Lines Being Drawn
by Ramtanu Maitra
Buried in the news of the July 7 London bombings, and a tepid G-8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, was another summit that took place in Astana, Kazakstan, on July 5-6. Heads of state representing six nations—Russia, China, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan—and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), drew the battle lines in Central Asia urging the United States to announce a timeframe to fold up its military bases in Central Asia.

The U.S. Removes The Nuclear Brakes
by Reuven Pedatzur
Dr. Pedatzur is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University, and a defense analyst for the Israeli daily Ha'aretz. He offered this article as a contribution to EIR's June 28-29 Berlin seminar. It was first published in the June 26 issue of Ha'aretz.
Under the cloak of secrecy imparted by use of military code names, the American administration has been taking a big— and dangerous—step that will lead to the transformation of the nuclear bomb into a legitimate weapon for waging war.


LaRouche Lays Out Parameters For Probe of London Bombings
by Jeffrey Steinberg
On Jan. 11, 2000, the editors of EIR delivered a memorandum to then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, with copies delivered to other Clinton Administration Cabinet officials and leading members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. The memorandum posed the question: Should Great Britain be placed on the list of states sponsoring terrorism?

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    Put Britain on List Of Terrorist Sponsors

    The following memorandum, dated Jan. 11, 2000, was prepared for delivery to then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. It is a request to launch an investigation, pursuant to placing Great Britain on the list of states sponsoring terrorism.


A Case Study in How The World Went to Hell
by L. Wolfe

Loudoun County, Virginia, was once a quiet agricultural area, dotted with family farms and expensive estates, nestled some 50 miles from Washington, D.C., and known primarily as the center of Northern Virginia's 'Hunt Country.' Today, most of estates and the oligarchs who inhabit them are still there, but many of the farms have given way for some of the wildest real estate speculation in the nation. In this brief report, we shall describe this bubble, and show how the bubble and the bubble 'mentality' has grabbed hold of an area, driving it insane.

U.S. Economy Borrows $4.45 To Buy a Dollar
by John Hoefle
Imagine a business which buys dollar bills; it's quite successful, buying lots of dollars, more every year. The management is so proud of its success that it issues press releases touting its record revenues. The only problem, is that the business is paying more than a dollar for every dollar it buys. At last count, it was paying $4.45 for each one. The old joke aside— about losing money on every transaction and making it up in volume—this business is going bankrupt, fast.


White House Iraq 'Plumbers Unit' Behind Plame Leak
by Jeffrey Steinberg
On Jan. 22, 2004, just three weeks after his appointment, independent counsel Patrick Fitzgerald issued a wide-ranging subpoena to the Bush White House, demanding telephone records from Air Force One, and all documents pertaining to the July 2003 activities of a little-known but high-powered Administration unit called the White House Iraq Group (WHIG). Fitzgerald was charged with investigating the leak by 'two senior Administration officials' of the identity of CIA 'non-official cover' officer Valerie Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson IV. Wilson had been sent by the CIA to Niger in February 2002 on a fact-finding mission, to determine the credibility of reports that Iraq had been seeking large quantities of 'yellowcake' uranium from the African state, for the purpose of building a nuclear bomb. The 'Plame Affair' now threatens to bring down the Bush-Cheney Administration, and, while recent media attention has been largely focussed on Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove, and his role in the 'outing' of Valerie Plame to syndicated columnist Robert Novak in July 2003, a far more fruitful line of inquiry actually centers on the WHIG as a whole, of which Rove was a member.

Rumsfeld's Military Base Shutdowns Are Becoming a Constitutional Issue
by Carl Osgood

A political shift has been occurring from the last part of June into the early part of July, in the battle over Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's base-closing plan. That shift has moved the fight to save bases from a strategy of 'begging and pleading' to save particular bases, to one of challenging the Pentagon plan on the basis of law and the U.S. Constitution.

  • Vets Need 'Time Out' From CARES Cutbacks
    by Patricia Salisbury
    After surveying the wreckage of health care in his state, and around the country, Pennsylvania State Rep. Harold James (D-Philadelphia) on June 27 called for a national 'time out' for all cutbacks in health-care services, and an expansion in hospitals, clinics, public health staff, and nursing homes (see EIR, July 8). James was addressing the tendency of public officials to fall into the trap of 'adjusting' to the Bush Adminstration cuts in Medicaid and other health-care services, by agonizing about a nonexistent, least painful way of implementing cuts.

GOP Can't Escape Bush's Social Security Quagmire
by Paul Gallagher
House of Representatives Republican 'whip' Roy Blunt of Missouri and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) admitted publicly on July 13, that they won't be able to try to move George W. Bush's Social Security privatization schemes in the House until at least September. The postponement doesn't mean the threat of privatization is killed, but is another step in that necessary direction.

Ohio Funding Scandal Points to Cheney-Rove
by Richard Freeman
In an escalation of the Ohio state investment fund scandal, linked to potentially illegal financing of the theft of the 2004 Presidential election, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (OBWC) announced yet another major loss on July 7: Allegiant Asset Management (until last month, known as National City Investment Management Company), a division of the National City Bank of Columbus, had recorded a loss of $71 million of the $250 million of OBWC funds that it had been entrusted with managing in 2001. This brings to more than $300 million the amount of Bureau funds that have been lost or are 'unaccounted for.'

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View From Berlin:
The Coming Crash of the World System

At EIR's Berlin seminar on June 28-29, Lyndon LaRouche gave a sober strategic briefing to distinguished representatives of 15 nations, on the need for revolutionary change to prevent the disintegration of the world economy. 'The most immediate danger to world peace and stability,' he warned, 'would be the admittedly existing potentiality, that the government of the United States would refuse to take certain sudden and sweeping emergency measures, which are now in fact, absolutely necessary actions of the immediate future, if we are to prevent the entire planet from being plunged into a chain-reaction form of monetary-financial and economic breakdown crisis, by a sudden collapse in the value of the dollar-denominated assets worldwide.


End Globalization, the New Feudalism!
It is almost impossible to exaggerate the evil, and danger to mankind, which is represented by the phenomenon most people today accept under the name of 'globalization.' If globalization is not stopped in the immediate period ahead, we will find our planet returned to a new feudalism, global serfdom, and a New Dark Age.

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