"I welcome their hatred" FDR

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    Sometimes it seems history repeats itself. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's speech of eighty years ago with minor changes could fit into America today. It is an excellent example of what America can do if it has the will.

    "It is needless to repeat the details of the program which this Administration has been hammering out on the anvils of experience. No amount of misrepresentation or statistical contortion can conceal or blur or smear that record. Neither the attacks of unscrupulous enemies nor the exaggerations of over-zealous friends will serve to mislead the American people.

    What was our hope in 1932? Above all other things the American people wanted peace. They wanted peace of mind instead of gnawing fear.

    First, they sought escape from the personal terror which had stalked them for three years. They wanted the peace that comes from security in their homes: safety for their savings, permanence in their jobs, a fair profit from their enterprise.

    Next, they wanted peace in the community, the peace that springs from the ability to meet the needs of community life: schools, playgrounds, parks, sanitation, highways - those things which are expected of solvent local government. They sought escape from disintegration and bankruptcy in local and state affairs.

    They also sought peace within the Nation: protection of their currency, fairer wages, the ending of long hours of toil, the abolition of child labor, the elimination of wild-cat speculation, the safety of their children from kidnappers.

    And, finally, they sought peace with other Nations - peace in a world of unrest. The Nation knows that I hate war, and I know that the Nation hates war.

    I submit to you a record of peace; and on that record a well-founded expectation for future peace - peace for the individual, peace for the community, peace for the Nation, and peace with the world.

    Tonight I call the roll - the roll of honor of those who stood with us in 1932 and still stand with us today.

    Written on it are the names of millions who never had a chance - men at starvation wages, women in sweatshops, children at looms.

    Written on it are the names of those who despaired, young men and young women for whom opportunity had become a will-o'-the-wisp.

    Written on it are the names of farmers whose acres yielded only bitterness, business men whose books were portents of disaster, home owners who were faced with eviction, frugal citizens whose savings were insecure.

    Written there in large letters are the names of countless other Americans of all parties and all faiths, Americans who had eyes to see and hearts to understand, whose consciences were burdened because too many of their fellows were burdened, who looked on these things four years ago and said, "This can be changed. We will change it."

    We still lead that army in 1936. They stood with us then because in 1932 they believed. They stand with us today because in 1936 they know. And with them stand millions of new recruits who have come to know.

    Their hopes have become our record.

    We have not come this far without a struggle and I assure you we cannot go further without a struggle.

    For twelve years this Nation was afflicted with hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing Government. The Nation looked to Government but the Government looked away. Nine mocking years with the golden calf and three long years of the scourge! Nine crazy years at the ticker and three long years in the breadlines! Nine mad years of mirage and three long years of despair! Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that that Government is best which is most indifferent."

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum - Our Documents

    "On October 31, 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a campaign speech before a crowd at Madison Square Garden. The words he spoke could be uttered in our present time. I have edited this just over 30-minute speech down to less than 10 minutes to provide highlights. We need this kind of leadership today."

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    FDR was tough as nails.
     
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    Fucking drama queens and their 'hatred' whines. :lol:
     
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    Exactly, and Obama is no FDR.
     
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    1936 is nothing like today. In 1936 we were a nation that preferred isolationism to an awareness that no nation is an island. Today we see that a problem in Greece causes the whole world to hold there breath.

    For a person that claims to be educated and wants to think he is intelligent you keep demonstrating that you are neither.
     
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    Government spending is now 46.85% of GDP & growing. In 2000 it was only 36.14% of GDP. We are now just 3% away from being a government controlled economy. That is the level we spiked to during WWII at the end of the great depression. Now government just remains at depression era spending levels & the economy is tanking.

    Democrats scream that government has been cut to the bone over the last 20 years since Regan but the fact is government spending as percent of GDP rose under Regan, Bush & Bush. It only fell under Clinton.

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    Obama's Director of the White House National Economic Council & Clinton's Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers at 22:00 in video
     
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    Nope.

    He's not.

    And I wish he would adopt some of FDR's combativeness. Being nice to a conservative is like being nice to a scorpion on your back while you are swimming across a river.

    You are going to get stung..either way.
     
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    FDR: 20th Century's Biggest Failure. 20% unemployment for 7 years.
     
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    I thought the biggest failure of the 20th Century was WWII. The human toll was 52,000,000+ dead. The History Place - World War II in Europe Timeline: The History Place - Statistics of World War II

    I've read other sources claiming higher totals than that. I'll go with the low figure above. The link breaks down the deaths into civilian and military and also by country.

    America entered the fracas the week following the brutal Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor, December 7. 1941, and it had nothing to do with who was President of the United States at the time.
     
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    True, he is a third Bush term.
     

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