Discussion in 'US Constitution' started by DGS49, Apr 15, 2018.
Well if any president could have been a dictator it was FDR, he was president when a lot of dictators were becoming dictators. yet when FDR died one of his sons did not assume the presidency but rather vice president Truman. Just like it says in the Constitution.
"if any president could have been a dictator it was FDR..."
What prevents America from becoming a dictatorship is the Constitution.
1. Madison wrote, in Federalist #47, " No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value, or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty, than that on which the objection is founded. The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
2. Therein lies the description of Roosevelt. In 1937, he tried to pack the judiciary, and in 1938 attempted to purge Democrat Senators who defeated the scheme.
a. Senator Ashurst of Arizona, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, denounced court packing as a "prelude to tyranny," but, when Roosevelt announced it, issued a one-line statement late that afternoon saying he was in "favor of the President's proposal." Lock-step Liberals.
b. Conservative Democrat Carter Glass of Virginia, explained it as follows: "Why, if the President asked Congress to commit suicide tomorrow they'd do it."
3. It is a fact that none of the New Dealers were constitutionalists.
Roosevelt's economist, Rexford Tugwell said: Any people who must be governed according to the written codes of an instrument which defines the spheres of individual and group, state and federal actions must expect to suffer from the constant maladjustment of progress. A life' which changes and a constitution for governance which does not must always raise questions which are difficult for solution."
Manly, "The Twenty Year Revolution," p. 63
4. In July 5, 1935, in a letter to Representative Samuel B. Hill of Washington, the President manifested his contempt for the Constitution. Hill was chairman of the subcommittee studying the Guffey-Vinson bill to regulate the coal industry: the purpose of the legislation was to re-establish, for the coal industry, the NRA code system which the Supreme Court had unanimously declared unconstitutional. Roosevelt wrote: "I hope your committee will not permit doubts as to constitutionality, however reasonable, to block the legislation.
This was the same Roosevelt who had sworn an oath on his 300 year old family Bible, to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Manly, p. 65.
5. In 1935, the Supreme Court upheld the New Deal repudiation of gold payments in government contracts and private contracts .... Justice McReynolds declared in a dissenting opinion that "the Constitution as we have known it is gone." The Brookshire Times from Brookshire, Texas on March 1, 1935 · Page 2
And, as always,....there is nothing in the post that you will be able to refute.
The Supreme Court began as a political entity, and remains so.
From 1779 the number on the Court has changed six times by a Congress looking to get favorable verdicts.
Read some history.
Separate names with a comma.