FDR: Raw Deal

By Lewis J. Goldberg
web posted January 10, 2000

In every 'whatever' of-the-century poll you see in the newspapers and on the Internet appears FDR, usually in the top five of such individuals. Lovers of freedom must ask themselves 'why?' He is oft cited as making a lasting impact on the nation; saving America from the clutches of economic depression and defending democracy against totalitarianism. He is lauded for creating Social Security and for 'keeping America working' with his great public works projects. Was he really a great president, or just in the right place at the right time?

If one defines greatness by how many Soviet-style social programs one can implement during their presidency, then FDR certainly qualifies. He did more to subvert the Constitution than any president up to his time, proving that a popular office-holder can implement dictator-like decisions without question from the electorate. His power grew with each successive reelection. So terrifying were his capabilities that a supermajority of States voted in favor of a constitutional amendment limiting the presidency to two terms. Were FDR so wonderful, the amendment would have failed, yet today's sycophantic media swine fawn over FDR as fervently as those who reported the 'official' news back in the 30's and 40's, never letting on that when the States were given the opportunity to give a confidence vote to another 'FDR,' they overwhelmingly said, 'No way!'

In the many years FDR had in office prior to our involvement in WWII, little headway was made against the tide of depression. The 'Great Depression' was just as bad, if not worse, on Dec. 7, 1941 as it was when he took the oath in January, 1933. Only his professed caring for the old, the 'working man,' and the children got him reelected time and time again. His administration operated under the philosophy of "if one thing doesn't work, try another; but above all, try something." Of all the 'somethings' he tried, he never tried getting the government out of the people's wallet. He never tried getting out of the way of progress. He never tried letting business take care of business. He never trusted the people or the American system of capitalism. Sound familiar?

At Time Magazine's web site can be found the strongest condemnation of FDR imaginable. President Clinton has written a letter called Captain Courageous which stands as a tribute to FDR's achievements and testimony to Clinton's undying idolization for the man that gave 21st century America the 'Raw Deal.' Guilt by association is a powerful force, but perhaps not powerful enough to stop Clinton from riding FDR's ill-begotten legacy train. Clinton is admittedly obsessed with concern for his place in the history books, casting this letter not as an inspired complement to a man he admires, rather a patent attempt to fasten on to FDR's memory like a hungry tick in Spring-time.

While it can possibly be said that other men have manipulated and intimidated their way into the Oval Office, Clinton is certainly the first to do so that was not, at the core, a patriot. While FDR did do more to advance socialism in this country than anyone else, he cannot be accused of being 'anti-America.' However, like in a family, people tend to be more abusive to those they profess to love than to total strangers. FDR loved America, yet he stuck us with a social program that, as an issue, is divisive and destructive to politics second only to abortion. What will Clinton leave us as his 'legacy,' knowing that he is not a tenth the patriot that FDR was?

Lewis J. Goldberg is the web master of PlanetGoldberg and a contributor to Enter Stage Right.

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