In the contested 1924 Democratic National Convention, the deadlock was reported to be becauseÂ â€œEverybody was against somebody or some place, but not enough people were for anybody or any place.â€ It may be considered good that the main conflict that year,Â KKK influence, ended up being decided with a rejection of the Klan. But there were actual fist fights on the floor of the convention that year.
What if people could find common principles that they could be *for*? HowÂ would Love made a difference in that convention?
Franklin D. Roosevelt, then still early in hisÂ rehabilitation from polio, gave a nominating speech for Al Smith where he spoke of love and affection several times. Eight years later at his inauguration, FDR reminded us â€œthe only thing we have to fear is fear itself â€” nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.â€
Franklin Roosevelt was not perfect and was a product of the time in which he lived. Â However, his love for this country, and for individual Americans, was evident in his day-to-day life and in a 1936 speech where he spoke ofÂ Â â€œâ€¦the love that understands, that does not merely share the wealth of the giver, but in true sympathy and wisdom helps men to help themselves.â€
FDRâ€™s love was not passive, as he called â€œfor Americans to face downâ€ one of the causes of fear: â€œâ€¦those who would raise false issues, pervert facts, preach the gospel of hate, and minimize the importance of public action to secure human rights or spiritual ideals.â€œ He said that he â€œwill continue to preach, the gospel of the good neighbor.â€ (from a 1935 speech)