November 17, 1934 - Editorial - Down From High Olympus, by George Lorimer
The gods of the New Deal, who for so long sat tight on high Olympus, are beginning to mingle with then mortals, though their purposes are still far from clear. Following the October "fireside talk" of the President, the temples of the so-called money changers were thronged with anxious questioners. The high priests of American business dissected and analyzed the speech, line by line and paragraph by paragraph, in an effort to discover what it argued for the future, very much as the ancient augurs dissected and scrutinized the entrails of a chicken in an effort to foretell coming events.
As one indirect consequence, perhaps, of the misleading propaganda about bankers and business men as a class, we have large and constantly growing groups of men and women who are going so fast to the left that they are practically out of sight over the descending curve of the hill. There was Sinclair, happy and smiling, from a long conference with the President, to be asked by Farley to call him Jim. There are the Utopians, planning to go to heaven one better, to mention only two of the nut hatches in the California aviary. In addition, every mail to every editorial office is choked with panaceas in letter and pamphlet form, both bootstrap and bootjack, not to mention the self-constituted and nobly titled committees and organizations for saving the nation.
The present situation is far above partisan party considerations. As a matter of fact, there is no Democratic Party today. It has scrapped its old standards and principles and is now a radical party. Under its present leadership, the Republican Party is not even an intelligent opposition party. It could have been made and should be made, under enlightened leadership, a fighting liberal-constitutional party. Such a realistic realignment of the two parties would shift a large number of Democrats who have no stomach for the New Deal to the Republican Party. It would force the Republican radicals to acknowledge their spiritual home and move into it. As things stand, the Democratic Party is not only keeping most of its dissenting members in line, but it is able to bore from within the Republican ranks. Such a realignment of the two parties would tend to clarify the situation. Then, if Jove would descend for good from high on Olympus, and tell us frankly and in detail where he plans to take us, and how, we should know where we are headed. And we have a right to know. This is our country and our Government. Congress may be satisfied to follow blindly, but that isn't good enough for Americans with a tradition for liberty and independence.
For many months the gods of the New Deal revealed themselves through their thunderings against business and the verbal bolts that they hurdled against those who ventured to differ with them. At present there seems to be a disposition to recognize that there is some virtue in business and tried and tested methods. For as time passes and one New Deal experiment after another comes up against realities, thinking men and women, many of whom were half-persuaded to believe at first, are concluding that many of the decrees and thunderings of the gods of the New Deal belong to the domain of mythology. (pg. 22)
Comments: Upton Sinclair was an embarrassment to FDR and his New Deal party. Sinclair was openly exposing that the New Deal was right in line with Socialist philosophies. The meeting with Roosevelt obviously was for the purpose of advising him to shut up, for after this I didn't find any more editorials or articles about Sinclair running his mouth.