The more things change…

From a Republican Vice-Presidential candidate:

Too much cannot be said against the men of wealth who  sacrifice everything to getting wealth. There is not in  the world a more ignoble character than the mere  money-getting American, insensible to every duty,  regardless of every principle, bent only on amassing a  fortune, and putting his fortune only to the basest  uses —whether these uses be to speculate in stocks and  wreck railroads himself, or to allow his son to lead a  life of foolish and expensive idleness and gross  debauchery, or to purchase some scoundrel of high social position, foreign or native, for his daughter. Such  a man is only the more dangerous if he occasionally  does some deed like founding a college or endowing a  church, which makes those good people who are also  foolish forget his real iniquity. These men are equally  careless of the working men, whom they oppress, and  of the State, whose existence they imperil. There are  not very many of them, but there is a very great number  of men who approach more or less closely to the type,  and, just in so far as they do so approach, they are  curses to the country.

The candidate, BTW, was Theodore Roosevelt, later President of the US.  It seems that the “men of great wealth” often continue to behave as badly today as they did 115 years ago when Teddy wrote/spoke this.  On the other hand, the party of Roosevelt has sure changed.  TR would be cast-out of today’s Republican party as some sort of “socialist” that wants “class warfare”.  Source here. (h/t Brad Delong)