FDR died this day…

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In memory of the life and death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt…

I read a few articles today on FDR, I also started reading a few books about him when I was 9 and 10… I’ve come to the sad realization over the years that I love reading about history more than most people ever will. Apparently it bores plenty of people, but still… These excerpts should be worth your time. At least giving some good food for thought. There’s so much richness in history. And as someone reminded me today,

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Agreed. I guess God was no respector of persons, and I sure try not to be ;)… But I still think we can learn much from the rise and the fall, the triumphs and mistakes of those before us.
Anyway about those articles…

The65th Anniversary Of FDR’s Death: Its Meaning

Today, April 12, marks the 65th anniversary of the death of our greatest 20th century President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In most polls of scholars and experts, FDR ranks only second to Abraham Lincoln among all 43 Presidents of the United States!

The effects of FDR and his “New Deal”, and his World War II efforts, still reverberate on our lives two thirds of a century after he left the scene!

A lot of the same rhetoric being used against President Barack Obama today was employed against FDR in the 1930s and early 1940s. He was called a “Communist”, “Fascist”, “Socialist”, “radical”, “Nazi”, “Marxist”, and as against capitalism and democracy…

…The fact is that FDR and the New Deal saved capitalism, saved democracy, gave hope and faith and confidence in the future, and became an important lifeline to many millions of desperate Americans. The New Deal created a large national government, became involved in deficit spending out of necessity, and the Presidency grew in authority and responsibility as the only way to sustain the country through difficult times.

FDR also had to deal, not only with extremists on his left and right, many of whom were indeed scary and threatening, but also with a very conservative Supreme Court, which stood often in the way of necessary actions and progress….
Read Entire Article Here

Thank Goodness for FDR!

On April 12, 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States, died. “FDR” served as President of the United States beginning in 1933 and won four consecutive reelections. He’s best known, of course, for guiding the United States through both the Great Depression and World War II but he did other great things for this nation. FDR was also a champion of Social Security and survived accusations that he was a socialist simply because he wanted all Americans to have a secure and happy life all the way through and beyond retirement.

Roosevelt was also a polio survivor but went to great lengths to conceal his disabilities from the American public. He was almost always photographed sitting down, either in a chair or in a vehicle. This was because he normally used leg braces and crutches, or a wheelchair, to get around. Yes, he was related to Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. Teddy was FDR’s fifth cousin.

Many people do not know that FDR loved riding in cars, just like me! He actually owned one of the first cars modified to operate with hand controls specifically for the disabled.

— Charlie

I found this article at charlieat.blogspot.com

Now this isn’t my writing so I didn’t put my personal slant on it, just some facts I picked up from others… But sometimes revisiting the past can really help us understand and navigate the present.

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