Wendell Willkie was the Republican opposition of the beloved Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential elections. Ironically, campaigning for the Republican nomination was the first time Willkie had run for public office! Although Roosevelt defeated Willkie?s anti-war campaign soundly, some great video from the presidential elections still remains. This DVD contains two pro-Willkie films from 1940.
We The People
Length: 15 Minutes
All men are created equal, they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence guarantees Americas freedom and determines that neither King nor Dictator only we the people shall rule. The United States shall forever remain a republic, governed by free elections and dictated by the people. Such is the rhetoric of the Republican Party funded film about the importance of the 22nd national convention in Philadelphia in June, 1940 as they Republicans announce their candidate for President of the United States. Republican Wendell Willkie never had a chance running against the venerable and estimable President Roosevelt, but this film of his acceptance speech for contender to the office of President is priceless. A step back into history, and a true example of the United States democratic process, We the People, is an intriguing glimpse into how little the process for running for President of the United States has changed despite the times.
The Truth About Taxes
Length: 10 Minutes
Taxes. A burden to many and a pain to all, but do we truly know where our money is going? Do we know how the government is spending our hard earned cash? What about national defense, is the money going there? Wendell Willkie asks you these questions and more in this 1940 propaganda film as part of his political campaign for President of the United States against President Roosevelt. As per the normal Republican Party rhetoric Willkie claims that he will make certain that the taxes Americans pay will stop going to useless things like the New Deal and start going towards national defense and a better America. Heavy on bitter accusations that the government is wasting money on things that do not matter, The Truth About Taxes does not suggest lowering taxes or even heavier taxes on the rich, but provides an excellent example of political smear film without actually providing answers to the problem introduced.