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Stephen Grover Cleveland

wpid-logo_20130129010408.pngStephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was the 22nd and 24th president of the United States. Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885–1889 and 1893–1897) and therefore is the only individual to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents. He was the winner of the popular vote for president three times—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was the only Democrat elected to the presidency in the era of Republican political domination that lasted from 1860 to 1912.
Cleveland was the leader of the pro-business Bourbon Democrats who opposed high tariffs, Free Silver, inflation, imperialism and subsidies to business, farmers or veterans. His battles for political reform and fiscal conservatism made him an icon for American conservatives of the era. Cleveland won praise for his honesty, independence, integrity, and commitment to the principles of classical liberalism. Cleveland relentlessly fought political corruption, patronage, and bossism. Indeed, as a reformer his prestige was so strong that the reform wing of the Republican Party, called “Mugwumps”, largely bolted the GOP ticket and swung to his support in 1884.
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Disaster hit the nation a few months into his second term as the Panic of 1893 produced a severe national depression that Cleveland was unable to reverse. It ruined his Democratic party, opening the way for a Republican landslide in 1894, and for the agrarian and silverite seizure of his Democratic party in 1896. The result was a political realignment that ended the Third Party System and launched the Fourth Party System and the Progressive Era.
Cleveland took strong positions and in turn took heavy criticism. His intervention in the Pullman Strike of 1894 to keep the railroads moving angered labor unions nationwide and angered the party in Illinois; his support of the gold standard and opposition to Free Silver alienated the agrarian wing of the Democratic Party. Furthermore, critics complained that he had little imagination and seemed overwhelmed by the nation’s economic disasters—depressions and strikes—in his second term. Even so, his reputation for honesty and good character survived the troubles of his second term. Biographer Allan Nevins wrote, “in Grover Cleveland the greatness lies in typical rather than unusual qualities. He had no endowments that thousands of men do not have. He possessed honesty, courage, firmness, independence, and common sense. But he possessed them to a degree other men do not.”wpid-t214442042.gif

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“Helping Hands are Better than Praying Lips”

“Cleft Lips” – a burning issue of poor parents – MFG would love to extend our support.

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“Helping Hands are Better than Praying Lips”

We may not be able to do Big things, but always try to do small things with Big heart, helpful to the humanity in whatever small way possible.

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Hi Gopalji, Sureshji, and Sumathyji

In the previous week I have interacted with you all; Thank you very much for the support and kind words.

MFG is doing a very laudable work in higlighting the plight of poor and deserving people, and is arranging sponsorships and support for them. Also MFG is conducting medical camps for poor people to provide guidence and affordable treatment.

Through these activites MFG has become a binding force amoung the members. Gopalji’s thought provoking mails add to the uniting force.

For the past few years I am pained to see the plight of kids, particularly of the nomads and poor people and wanted to make a difference to a few of them. I am particularly moved by congenital defects in kids. Cleft lip and Cleft Palette is a common congenital defect in kids throughout the world. In most cases, this is not a life threatening defect, but degrades life of the affected. I would like to bring to your attention the plight of such kids and if we can support free / very low cost surgeries for such kids.

Enough literature is available in the net about this defect, statistics about its prevalance, and the surgical remedy.

My son (1 year 4 months) is born with ‘Unilateral Cleft Lip and Cleft Palette’. We have already corrected this defect.

“Smile Pinky”, a documentary on ‘cleft lip and palette’ and the effect it had on the life of a 12 years old girl in Orisa, has won Oscar two year back.

These surgeries need skillful platstic surgens, very good hospital care,and parental support. Any significant surgical scar on the face affects the person concered. We can spread awareness amoung people about this condition, surgical remedies and the care needed, and provide facilities / suport for correction. With time, we can bring together a chain of plastic surgens and hospitals throughout india willing to help us in this cause. We can keep in touch with the people / families benefitted and can even ask them to contribute back, when they grow up and start earning, to help conduct more such surgeries in future.

Cost of such a surgery is about 12k – 15k depending on the hospital.

Since we are conducting medical camps for blind, we can support this cause also with minimal additional effort. But the help we provide will afford a dignified life to the affected kid and its family. Our impact is life long on the person concerned.

I am willing to sponsor one such surgeries per year.

May I have your thoughts on this area.

Regards
Anil Thomas
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