franklin-roosevelt

The Leftist is fond of criticizing the Conservative  as an opponent of progress.   

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt  

But the Leftist is quite mistaken.  The Conservatives point is that the more progressive  the government becomes, the more constraints are placed upon the ability of  free citizens to be progressive and ambitious. What has transformed free societies and universally improved their quality of life has been the emergence of a standard wealth that is the creation of the free market.  True progress has come about as a consequence of  the rise of free private action. 

Therefore  the Conservative says to the Progressive: no, we do not accept your declaration that the only progress that counts as progress, is state sponsored progress. 

#OTD 1939: “In bed 3:05 a.m. Sept. 1″

At 2:50 AM on September 1, 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt awakened when the phone beside his bed rang with grim news: the German Army was invading Poland. Roosevelt understood immediately that this meant a larger war, for Great Britain and France had pledged to come to Poland’s defense if Germany attacked. World War II had begun. Having just been informed of the German invasion, FDR wrote a note on the pad beside his bed and indicated that the time was 3:05 AM.

Document from FDR’s Papers as President - President’s Secretary’s File (PSF): Diplomatic Corr.: Poland, July-Dec. 1939 (Box 47). FDR Library.

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“The greatest political couple of my lifetime, and certainly the greatest in United States political history since Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and before then since John and Abigail Adams.

Both are brilliant and ever dedicated to public service, and neither was “to the manner born” as were political families like the Adamses, the Roosevelts, the Kennedys and the Bushes.  Nor was either a product of a cheering media, such as was the made-by-the-Right grade-B Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan.

And Bill got to the White House detested by the press and pundit classes–in short, he got there in spite of them, rather than because of them.  And nobody ever could handle a political crowd or any individual more effortlessly than him–he was, and remains, the platinum politician of my lifetime.

When the Clinton Global Initiative and its attending Foundation became forces on an international scale with greater significance than even the Nobel Foundation and the United Nations, the press and pundit classes became spit jealous–because none of their anointed darlings, such as members of the Bush family–could ever have had such lasting achievements. 

With the 24/7 anti-Clinton invective of the press and pundit classes, accusing the Clintons of anything and everything, through silly impeachment charges through influence peddling and premeditated murder–both Bill and Hillary remain survivors of it all.

When Hillary declared formally this past April, everyone who was anyone in the Democratic Party knew that she was going to be the heavy favorite for the nomination.  She had more than PAID HER DUES.  She was the runner-up for the Democratic nomination in 2008, and lost by just a scant less than 42,000 votes (with her tallies in Michigan and Florida not being counted)–with now Vice President Biden being nowhere near that finish line.  

Then she brought her forces to work on behalf of electing as President her chief rival Barack Obama, who then offered her the highest of all possible cabinet positions (much higher than the role of a Vice President, whose function is essentially a seat-filler, which is why very few have gone on to win independently of the President they represent) as Secretary of State.

In that role, she performed brilliantly–through restoring diplomacy tarnished almost irreparably after the Bush years, to the capture of Bin Laden under Obama’s aegis–and through it all, even through the tragedy at Benghazi, she held very high marks with the consensus of the American People.  No one then cared anything about how she handled her E-mails.

She came to this campaign as the only game in town.  The GOP Congress, the press and pundit classes knew they had to destroy her, otherwise no member of the GOP Clown car could succeed.  They knew they would need to stir up her left flank, and so the “feel the Bern” movement was born, by way of Republican operatives working through progressive websites such as this one.  Thus, with Senator Sanders now leading in New Hampshire and closing in in Iowa, and with their 24/7 attacks on her from congressional committees with unlimited government money at their disposal, inventing an “E-mail scandal” when there isn’t any, these forces feel certain that they have already destroyed Hillary.

But little do they know the Clinton resolve.  She, like her husband before her, will be there “after the last dog dies.”  If I had to bet against any pollster, and press or pundit class member, or even, if they are so foolish, New Hampshire and Iowa early voters in the Sanders camp, I would still take my odds with the Clintons.  Bill Clinton didn’t need either Iowa or New Hampshire to become United States President.  And neither will Hillary.  

I’m betting that the state that first says yes to Hillary and no to Sanders will be the state that first gets it right.  Because I have no doubt, in spite of the press and pundits and pollsters and websites like this one largely spitting on Hillary every day, that it is she who will be the Democratic nominee, and she who will became our first woman President.

And like her husband before her, IN SPITE OF THE PRESS AND PUNDIT CLASSES, and maybe also in spite of early primary and caucus results, because she has the unique Clinton determination.

Because unlike the press and pundit classes and congressional committees and wildly bizarre Sanders supporters cheering on her demise, she really will be there–like 2008–“until the last dog dies.”  But unlike 2008, with no rival like the spectacular now President Obama, this time she will emerge victorious.  

I’m just waiting for the first state to get to report that it was the first to appear in her column–giving rise to the first woman President of the United States.  And whether that is neither New Hampshire nor even Iowa doesn’t matter.  The state that first calls it for her will be the state that got it right.”

This song needs to be played at Clinton rallies ^.^

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Before 1939 no reigning British Monarch had ever set foot on American soil since America’s Independence in 1776. But that all changed when King George VI (the one that stutterer and has that movie kings speech made about him) was invited by FDR to visit. In hopes to win over the sympathy and support of the American people towards the UK for the inevitable war ahead. And it work Americans welcomed the royal couple heartily and came from all over to just get a glimpse of them. 

So I just wanted to draw the reserved slightly shy royal couple being unconformable and overwhelmed with the the american presidential overly friendly family’s big personalities.

So President Teddy Roosevelt gave away Eleanor at her wedding but he also stole all her attention (not intentionally I don’t think). It was so bad that the only attention the couple could seem to get was when they gave Teddy a slice of their wedding cake or when he finally left the party all together. Which miffed FDR, while Eleanor didn't mind because she was use to being pushed in the background at that point in her life.

In all honestly I just wanted to try drawing young  Roosevelts 

[via Zinn Education Project]:

On Dec. 17, 1944, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Korematsu v. United States that the denial of civil liberties based on race and national origin was legal. Fred Korematsu (Jan. 30, 1919 – Mar. 30, 2005), a U.S. citizen and the son of Japanese immigrants, had refused to evacuate when President Roosevelt ordered the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Korematsu was arrested, convicted, and sent to the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah. Korematsu unsuccessfully sued the U.S. government for violating his constitutional rights.

Learn more from: (1) Tracked in America website: http://bit.ly/18O7xUL (2) Unsung Heroes lesson for middle and high school: http://bit.ly/1guKnub (3) Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story: http://to.pbs.org/18O7Ajj (4) More stories of protest of the internment in the film Conscience and the Constitution: http://bit.ly/18O7Dvu

Image courtesy of Karen Korematsu and the Korematsu Institute

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February 19th 1942: Japanese internment

On this day in 1942 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 which allowed the military to relocate Japanese-Americans to internment camps. Japanese-Americans were considered a national threat due the attack on Pearl Harbour which prompted the US to join World War Two. Other groups were also detained, but it was Japanese-Americans who were mostly targeted, with 120,000 being held in camps. In Korematsu v. United States (1944), the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the executive order. Those interned suffered great material and personal losses, with most losing a lot of property and some losing their lives to illness or the violence of sentries. The victims and their families eventually received an official government apology in 1988 and reparations began in the 1990s.

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“Your Dad has told me that you are a stamp collector and I thought you might like to have these stamps to add to your collection.”

Letter from President Franklin Roosevelt to nine year old Bobby Kennedy on July 12, 1935

“I am going to frame your letter and I am going to keep it always in my room.”

Reply to President Roosevelt from Bobby Kennedy on July 19, 1935

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HISTORY’S THE WORLD WARS

In the 31 years between 1914 and 1945, over 100 million people were killed in the deadliest fighting the world has ever seen. The world wars were a time of ruthless tyrants, but also legendary heroes. An era when a single generation of men determined the fate of all mankind.

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October 11th 1884: Eleanor Roosevelt born

On this day in 1884 Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City. She married her cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt, the future President, in 1905. Eleanor was actively involved in her husband’s political career, and encouraged him to continue in politics after his partial paralysis from polio in 1921. Franklin was elected President of the United States in 1932 and served as President from 1933 until his death in 1945. Eleanor was a very active First Lady, openly campaigning for greater rights for women and African Americans. After FDR’s death, Eleanor was a US delegate to the United Nations, and chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights. In this capacity she oversaw the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Eleanor Roosevelt died in 1962 aged 78.