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Published: Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2006

Volume 5, Issue Number 15

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LYM's Rogers Is Campaigning for Texas Democratic Chair

by Harley Schlanger

Lakesha Rogers, a member of the LaRouche Youth Movement (LYM) from Houston, announced on March 28 that she will be a candidate for Texas Democratic Party Chair. Rogers, a Democratic Party activist who is a former member of the Harris County Democratic Party Executive Committee, said the primary focus of her campaign will be to recruit youth to the Party.

"I'm running," she said, "because we Democrats have to take the state back. To do this, we are going to have to make a serious effort to bring young people into politics, to give them a voice in the Party, give them responsibility in shaping the future."

A key to this, she added, is to engage in a vigorous debate around a platform. "The Cheney-Bush Administration has trampled on our Constitution, whether in the lies, corruption, and general incompetence involved in its pursuit and handling of the Iraq war, or its malign negligence exemplified in its handling of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the collapse of manufacturing and infrastructure, and the rip-off of seniors with its phony prescription drug bill."


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This Week in
American History

April 11—17, 1945

FDR Writes His Last Speech, To Celebrate Thomas Jefferson's Birthday

On March 30, 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt arrived at Warm Springs, Georgia to recoup his failing health and to work, for a few weeks, at a slower pace than was possible at the White House. The Allies were succeeding on both the Atlantic and Pacific fronts, and Roosevelt knew that the war in Europe would last no longer than late spring or early summer.

One of the President's tasks was to work on a speech for Thomas Jefferson's birthday, which he intended to deliver over the radio on April 13. Robert Sherwood, one of his speech writers, had sent him the draft of a possible speech about Jefferson. Roosevelt, according to his usual custom, then dictated a speech to his secretary on the afternoon of April 11, using Sherwood's draft as a takeoff point. While he was working on the speech, Roosevelt also did some research, trying, unsuccessfully, to find a link between Thomas Jefferson and Isaac Roosevelt, FDR's ancestor who had worked with Alexander Hamilton during and after the American Revolution.

Roosevelt had always been interested in Thomas Jefferson, and during his Presidency had made the construction of the Jefferson Memorial one of his projects. He had pushed it through despite the threats, not carried out, of a group of women who said they would chain themselves to the cherry trees which had to be moved in order to make room for the monument on the Tidal Basin.

President Roosevelt had dedicated the Jefferson Memorial on April 13, 1943 on the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth. It became only the third memorial to an American President in the nation's capital. In his dedication speech, Roosevelt said that, "The words which we have chosen for this Memorial speak Jefferson's noblest and most urgent meaning; and we are proud indeed to understand it and share it: 'I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.'"

Now, almost two years later, Roosevelt was working on the draft he had dictated for Jefferson's birthday, writing in further corrections and additions on the typed copy. At this point in the war, it was not just Jefferson which claimed his attention, but the shape of the postwar world and the possibility of preventing another such conflict. The speech began: "Americans are gathered together this evening in communities all over the country to pay tribute to the living memory of Thomas Jefferson—one of the greatest of all democrats; and I want to make it clear that I am spelling that word 'democrats' with a small 'd.'

"I wish I had the power, just for this evening, to be present at all of these gatherings.

"In this historic year, more than ever before, we do well to consider the character of Thomas Jefferson as an American citizen of the world.

"As Minister to France, then as our first Secretary of State and as our third President, Jefferson was instrumental in the establishment of the United States as a vital factor in international affairs.

"It was he who first sent our Navy into far-distant waters to defend our rights. And the promulgation of the Monroe Doctrine was the logical development of Jefferson's far-seeing foreign policy.

"Today this Nation which Jefferson helped so greatly to build is playing a tremendous part in the battle for the rights of man all over the world.

"Today we are part of the vast Allied force—a force composed of flesh and blood and steel and spirit—which is today destroying the makers of war, the breeders of hatred, in Europe and in Asia.

"In Jefferson's time our Navy consisted of only a handful of frigates headed by the gallant 'U.S.S. Constitution—Old Ironsides'—but that tiny Navy taught Nations across the Atlantic that piracy in the Mediterranean—acts of aggression against peaceful commerce and the enslavement of their crews—was one of those things which, among neighbors, simply was not done.

"Today we have learned in the agony of war that great power involves great responsibility. Today we can no more escape the consequences of German and Japanese aggression than could we avoid the consequences of attacks by the Barbary Corsairs a century and a half before.

"We, as Americans, do not choose to deny our responsibility.

"Nor do we intend to abandon our determination that, within the lives of our children and our children's children, there will not be a third world war.

"We seek peace—enduring peace. More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars—yes, an end of this brutal, inhuman, and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.

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LaRouche Addresses Monterrey Forum on Global Crisis, Solutions

Lyndon LaRouche met in Monterrey, Mexico on March 31 with a group of trade unionists, political figures, educators, subscribers to EIR, and others, some of whom came from as far away as the states of Sonora and Baja California in the north, and Queretaro and Mexico City in the south. Here is the transcript of his speech. The meeting was moderated by Benjamin Castro.

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LaRouche in Mexico: 'I Think We're at A Breakthrough Time'
by Dennis Small

Henry Kissinger had said it would never happen again, but it did.
Back in the early 1980s, Kissinger had sworn that never again would Lyndon LaRouche be allowed to visit Mexico—as he had four times between 1979 and 1982, under the Presidency of Jose´ Lo´pez Portillo—and use the unique characteristic of the U.S.-Mexican relationship to turn the entire world upside down. Working closely with Lo´pez Portillo, LaRouche had placed the issue of a top-down reorganization of the international financial system at center stage of world events, and using the programmatic concepts laid out in his 1982 study Operation Jua´rez, LaRouche nearly succeeded in putting the entire IMF-based system out of its misery. Kissinger—and his synarchist banker masters—never forgave Lo´pez Portillo nor LaRouche for that effort, and vowed that the American statesman would never

  • LaRouche Addresses Monterrey Forum on Global Crisis, Solutions
    Lyndon LaRouche met in Monterrey, Mexico on March 31 with a group of trade unionists, political figures, educators, subscribers to EIR, and others, some of whom came from as far away as the states of Sonora and Baja California in the north, and Quere´taro and Mexico City in the south. Here is the transcript of his speech. The meeting was moderated by Benjamý´n Castro.
  • LaRouche to Mexican LYM
    Our Mission Today Is To Improve the Planet

    Lyndon LaRouche gave this presentation to a meeting of the LaRouche Youth Movement in Monterrey, Mexico on April 1.
  • Dialogue With LaRouche
    The questions asked in Spanish were transcribed from the English simultaneous translation.
    The Principle of Creativity
    Q: This social process involving science and Classical art, is this a higher level than the Noösphere, which the first form— that is, that of physical science, between the individual and nature, which corresponds to the Noösphere? Is the social process a higher form, is that which you refer to as the fourth level? Is that what we're talking about, that immortality which transcends time and space in the universe? ...

LaRouche 1981 Proposal
Growth Approach Is Key To Immigration Law

On April 13, 1981, as Mexico and the United States were preparing for the second summit meeting between Presidents Jose´ Lo´pez Portillo and Ronald Reagan, the National Democratic Policy Committee (NDPC), founded by Lyndon LaRouche, issued a statement on immigration, under the title: 'No Migrant Law Will Work Without a Growth Approach.'


LYM's Rogers Campaigns For Texas Democratic Chair
by Harley Schlanger

Lakesha Rogers, a member of the LaRouche Youth Movement (LYM) from Houston, announced on March 28 that she will be a candidate for Texas Democratic Party Chair. Rogers, a Democratic Party activist who is a former member of the Harris County Democratic Party Executive Committee, said the primary focus of her campaign will be to recruit youth to the Party.

Will Cheney Be Booted Out in Time?
by Jeffrey Steinberg

On April 5, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who is investigating the Valerie Plame leak, filed court papers in the Lewis Libby prosecution. In those papers, Fitzgerald revealed that, during his grand jury testimony, Libby, the former chief of staff and chief national security aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, reported that he had been ordered by Cheney to leak the contents of a classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program, to New York Times journalist Judith Miller in July 2003. Cheney told Libby that the NIE leak had been approved by President George Bush, and that this was tantamount to the President declassifying the document. The leak of the NIE was aimed at countering charges by former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, that claims that Iraq was seeking uranium in Africa were false.

Dems Beware
You Can't Rebuild U.S. with Piranha $
by EIR Staff

EIR has noted the change among Democratic Federal Senators and Representatives which became obvious during the abortive battle over the Alito nomination: that after working with Lyndon LaRouche to return the party to the Franklin Roosevelt tradition during 2005, the party's Congressional leadership fell into disarray during the year-end holiday period, a disarray from which it has not yet recovered.

Contracting Torture in Rumsfeld's Pentagon
by Edward Spannaus

In the past two issues of EIR, we have exposed and documented the privatization and outsourcing of war in the United States under the direction of George Shultz and Felix Rohatyn, and how this policy has been implemented by the Pentagon under the regime of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. In his introduction to the outsourcing package in the March 31 EIR, Lyndon LaRouche pointed out that there are worse kinds of corruption than merely stealing from the public, as in the Halliburton's financial swindles; 'the use of such privatized powers for torture, murder, and fostering of crimes against humanity' is worse, and functions as part of an intended globalized dictatorship.

Calif. LaRouche PAC Meeting: Dems Must Revive FDR Legacy
by Harley Schlanger and Ed Park

'True leadership does not follow apparent public opinion blindly; true leadership shapes public opinion, by educating the electorate in what it urgently needs to know. This often means, as now, confronting the population with the urgency of changing prevailing . . . popular opinion on crucially relevant subjects.'
—Lyndon LaRouche, 'Prolegomena for a Party Platform: Franklin Roosevelt's Legacy.'

  • Advancing the Noösphere: Transmutation of Materials
    by Cody Jones

    This is a transcript of a speech given April 1, 2006 at the Los Angeles Town Meeting sponsored by LaRouche PAC. Jones is a leader of the LaRouche Youth Movement, a member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Executive Committee, and a founder of the Franklin Roosevelt Legacy Club.


Financial System Could Implode in Next 90 Days
by L. Wolfe

The big news of the beginning of April, albeit unreported by the major media, was that the hopelessly bankrupt global monetary system had somehow managed to limp into the next quarter. While some in the City of London, Wall Street, and similar dark environs breathed a sigh of relief, most, even among these fellows, know that this game of smoke and mirrors cannot be played much longer, and that, sooner rather than later, the whole shebang is coming crashing down.


A Time for Truth: For Argentina and the U.S.A.
by Cynthia R. Rush

On April 2, in the Palomar district of Buenos Aires province, Argentine President Ne´stor Kirchner delivered a momentous speech before an audience of military personnel and political leaders, commemorating the 24th anniversary of the April 2, 1982 effort to take back the Malvinas Islands, which Great Britain had illegally seized in 1833. What made his speech so extraordinary is that he identified, in a way not done previously, the synarchist financial forces that used the corrupt and cowardly military junta that took power in a 1976 coup, to drag the nation into a ruinous war with Great Britain and NATO, at the same time decimating the economy.

Building a Viable Palestinian State
by Muriel Mirak Weissbach

Statehood is not defined by a geographical area delineated on a map. For a nation-state to flourish, it must have the means to provide economic development, to serve the common good of its current and future population. If this is true in general, it is doubly relevant to the case of the state of Palestine, in the process of coming into being.

Iraq a Lost Cause; Synarchists' New Hope Is Afghanistan
by Ramtanu Maitra

Now that the neo-cons of Washington, and the oil-hungry lobby around Vice President Dick Cheney, have become exasperated with Iraq, blaming the 'despicable' Shi'as and Sunnis of Iraq, Iran, and elsewhere, their new great hope is Afghanistan. It is therefore necessary for the American people to get a good glimpse of this pipe dream, before they are taken for a yet another murderous ride.

BüSo Campaign
Industry Must Return To Berlin and Germany
by Rainer Apel

In a March 27 discussion with members of the Civil Rights Movement Solidarity (BüSo) party in Germany, chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche threw out a challenge: The upcoming election campaign in Berlin will begin a paradigm-shift nationally, focussed on the reindustrialization of the capital city. This will be featured in a mass-circulation pamphlet, using the methods of mass organizing that have proved so successful in the LaRouche Youth Movement in the United States.

Science and Technology:

Greenland Ice Sheet Growing: What Makes an Ice Age?
Have you been duped by a mass of propaganda about global warming? 21st Century Science & Technology Editor Laurence Hecht explains why the Earth is poised to enter a new glaciation.


Do Not Be Fooled: There Is No 'Iran Deadline'!
Do not believe, either, that there is a guaranteed deadline for a U.S. military assault on Iran, or, that Felix Rohatyn really knows what he is talking about when he hints at a plan for solving the U.S.A.'s infrastructure needs.


LaRouche: `The Immortality of Martin Luther King'

Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

speaks to the Martin Luther King Day Prayer Breakfast in Talladega County, Alabama on Jan. 19, 2004


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