Agreeing with Republicans for the wrong reasons
  • Republicans: let's make America like it was in the 50's
  • Me: I agree, let's go back to massive wealth distributions from the rich to the middle class, the highest tax bracket at that time was 91%.
  • Republicans: We don't like that.
  • Me: Oh! You must mean the huge infrastructure projects like the US Highway Act.
  • Republicans: No... we don't like that either
  • Me: aah, you must mean the strong unions that included over 50% of the US workforce.
  • Republicans: What do we look like? communists?!
  • Me: then what do you like about the 50's?
  • Republicans: Segregation & slapping waitresses' asses
  • Me: oh

In December 1945, President Harry S. Truman appointed Eleanor as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, and the following April, she became the first chairperson of the preliminary United Nations Commission on Human Rights, playing an important part in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She stayed on at that position until 1953.

In early 1952, she undertook a personal tour through the Middle East, southern Asia, and the Pacific from February through the end of March. She stayed in India for a month, and from that experience wrote “India and the Awakening East,” in which she celebrated India’s first general elections as an independent nation:

“Though India has far to go, she has made a determined and inspired beginning. This new democracy seems to evoke the kind of passionate devotion among its leaders that our forefathers had for the democratic government they were establishing here. Perhaps this is one of the great contributions the young democracies can make to the older ones such as ours. We have grown stale; we are inclined to take everything for granted. We find it hard to go to vote if it means we have to walk a considerable distance or if, because of the crowds, we have to stand in line to cast our ballots…”

You can read more about her visit to India and the rest of her remarkable life at the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers project, supported by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, at http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/.