Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. He was a pro-business Democrat (i.e. fiscally conservative).

Speech Relevance[edit]

While discussing Al Smith in 'A Time For Choosing' Reagan states:

Back in 1936, Mr. Democrat himself, Al Smith, the great American, came before the American people and charged that the leadership of his party was taking the part of Jefferson, Jackson, and Cleveland down the road under the banners of Marx, Lenin, and Stalin. And he walked away from his party, and he never returned to the day he died, because to this day, the leadership of that party has been taking that party, that honorable party, down the road in the image of the labor socialist party of England.

Cleveland was notorious for vetoing bills. The most famous of his vetoes was of the Texas Seed Bill. It was a $10,000 appropriation of funds to purchase seed for a drought-ravaged section of Texas. Cleveland included this message in his veto:

I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people. The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.

Source Links[edit]

Grover Cleveland (Wikipedia)

Texas Seed Bill Veto, Full Text