The first step to maintained equality of opportunity amongst our people is, as I have said before, that there should be no child in America who has not been born, and who does not live, under sound conditions of health; who does not have full opportunity for education from the kindergarten to the university; who is not free from injurious labor; who does not have stimulation to ambition to the fullest of his or her capacities. It is a matter of concern to our government that we should strengthen the safeguards to health. These activities of helpfulness and of cooperation stretch before us in every direction. A single generation of Americans of such a production would prevent more of crime and of illness, and give more of spirit and progress than all of the most repressive laws and police we can ever invent — and it would cost less.
Who said it? Who prescribed such a “socialist” plan for our children? John Dewey? Hillary Clinton? Answer below the fold.
Herbert Hoover said it, in a campaign speech in St. Louis, November 2, 1928. Hoover won the 1928 election, succeeding Calvin Coolidge. Excerpt here from The Two Faces of Liberalism: How the Hoover-Roosevelt Debate Shapes the 21st Century, edited by Gordon Lloyd, M&M Scrivener Press 2007, pp. 46-47.
What current Republican would dare say the same?
Am I plugging this book? It’s a grand tour of the serious issues that divided Hoover and Roosevelt, and it is a preview of the fights of the late 20th and, now, early 21st centuries. It’s an excellent source for material for projects on the Great Depression and the New Deal.