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These are my thoughts. They are based on what I see going on around me.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

I know very little about myself. If I did know myself better, I probably wouldn't be doing this.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Would You Vote For This Guy ?
At approximately 4 P.M., on Thursday, August 27, 1931, at the Lexington Hotel, located at the corner of Twenty second and Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. interviewed one of the most famous Americans of his time.
Mr. Vanderbilt had this to say about the subject of his interview, "He was taller than I imagined, and much broader;a fellow with a winchlike handshake, a banker's bay window, and the winning smile of all the Latin races. And yet, instead of the usual line of talk that emanates from gentry of his kind, he had been giving me a discourse the like of which ht has never been my fortune to hear."
In 1931 the Great Depression was in full swing, and the man Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. was interviewing had these things to say about it.
"This is going to be a terrible winter. Us fellas has gotta open our pocketbooks, and keep on keeping them open, if we want any of us to survive. We can't wait for Congress or Mr. Hoover or anyone else. We must help keep tummies filled and bodies warm.
If we don't, it'll all add up with the way we've learned to live. Why, do you know sir, America is on the verge of its greatest social upheaval? Bolshevism is knocking at our gates. We can't afford to let it in. We've got to organize ourselves against it, and put our shoulders together and hold fast. We need funds to fight famine."
The subject of Mr. Vanderbilt's interview had this advice for how President Hoover should deal with the Depression:
" We must keep America whole, and safe, and unspoiled. If machines are going to take jobs away from the worker, then he will need to find something else to do. Perhaps he'll go back to the soil. But we must care for him during the period of change. We must keep him away from red literature, red ruses; we must see that his mind remains healthy. For, regardless of where he was born, he is now an American."
So spoke the famous American interviewed by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. on August 27, 1931. A pretty impressive example of insight into the state of America at the time by the interviewee considering he had much more pressing personal matters on his mind that day. The very next day he would be facing a federal judge as he went on trial for federal income tax evasion; a trial that would find him guilty and send him to prison, a prison term that he would never fully recover from. Too bad it all ended that way. Who knows what may have happened if Al Capone had gone into politics instead of crime.


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