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  •  "Progressives" have a huge blind spot to race (9+ / 0-)

    Especially on this site.

    FDR was hands down the greatest President of the 20th Century. Period. End of discussion.

    However, we must not turn a blind eye to the tragic compromises FDR made to pass legislation. As noted earlier in the day, the reason we don't have a National Healthcare System is because the Roosevelt Administration could not figure out a way to exclude blacks, or at least give the impression of exclusion, as they did with SS.

    These "progressives" will demand that FDR operated in a very different time, and my response is: precisely. The modern time is far more conservative economically than the time of the New Deal. So don't compare.

    August 16, 2011: Rick Perry will win the Presidency in 2012.

    by NoFortunateSon on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 11:36:39 AM PDT

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      •  Let's keep it simple (0+ / 0-)

        Obama's turning out to be a lousy President.  

        The darkness drops again but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? William Butler Yeats

        by deepsouthdoug on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 01:46:15 PM PDT

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        •  Well... (2+ / 0-)
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          that sure is simple.  And simplistic.  I will say to you what I have said to others here who NO MATTER WHAT THE SUBJECT, the nuance or the focus, will make it about Obama being a lousy president.

          In keeping with my focus here, I will note to you that Democrats kept FDR in office for 12 years---despite their complaints and there were plenty of them from the left, and then went on to keep another democrat in office for 8 years, again, despite their complaints, and again, I assure you there were plenty of them. 20 years of a Democratic administration.

          Democrats haven't done the same since, not even come close.  Maybe because we've become a bunch of victims who can't prioritize.

          What up with you people who think you're the first in the history of this country to not get what you wanted from your party?  

          You people who don't understand that it comes from the bottom up as surely as it comes from the top down are going to kill us before anything else does.  

    •  Yeah, it's so simple (2+ / 0-)
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      The excoriated Japanese internment was upheld by the Supreme Court in Korematsu v. US. Civil rights became a winning battle with Brown v. Board.

      Except that 4 Justices - Reed, Frankfurter, Black and Douglas - were in the majority on both opinions. Warren, who was Chief Justice in Brown - and often credited with forging the decision - was the CA Attorney General who enforced internment.

      And those 4 Justices plus Jackson (who dissented in Korematsu and concurred in Brown) were all appointed to the SC by FDR. The other Justices in Brown were Warren, as noted, and 3 Truman appointees (and FDR selected Truman) - the decision was unanimous.

      But of course that interferes with simplistic fantasies.

      Of course you can argue that SC appointments don't matter, in which case you might want to read Armando's current diary.

      If my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine

      by badger on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 12:15:14 PM PDT

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      •  Huh? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        August 16, 2011: Rick Perry will win the Presidency in 2012.

        by NoFortunateSon on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 12:23:40 PM PDT

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      •  Not sure I understand your point. (1+ / 0-)
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        I would be the last to argue that SC appointments don't matter.  Nevertheless, FDR authorized the internment by executive order, regardless of what later happened with the supreme court.

        If I am misunderstanding you, please explain.

        •  That selecting individual anecdotes (0+ / 0-)

          like FDR's "tragic compromises" is not a valid way to assess a Presidency, but rather the long term consequences - like the outcomes of FDR's appointments, or the passage of seminal legislation like SS or labor laws - is a more accurate reflection of a President's strategies in issue areas. Simply looking at a President's tactics (like the long lists of Obama "accomplishments", or FDR's "tragic compromises" or internment) is insufficient and nonsensical, because tactics are dictated by the times and not by intentions.

          The point would be that politics - and politicians - are complex and not subject to sound-bite-like analysis. But you can look at things like what a President's actions and appointments intentionally set in motion - perhaps not the specific consequences, but a general set of goals - like the Warren Court's "Progressivism" you and the post I'm responding find it necessary to bash in the comment's title.

          Also, contrary to the post I'm responding to, it's essential to compare the present and the past, because it's the only way one can arrive at judgments about how present actions will lead to future consequences. It's because those kinds of judgments are so unfavorable to the current President that his supporters want to avoid them.

          Otherwise, you might as well be writing silly diaries about how Obama is already the "greatest President ever".

          If my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine

          by badger on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 01:43:56 PM PDT

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          •  Ok. Here's my reply. (2+ / 0-)
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            1.  My whole diary was ALL about how selecting individual compromises to asses a presidency is not valid. If it's not valid for FDR, it's not valid for Obama.  

            2. Interesting that you would note that "tactics" are dictated by the times and not by intentions, and then go on to give FDR full credit for that and deny it to Obama.

            3. I DID NOT bash progressives or the Warren Court in my diary or my comments.  I did AGREE with the poster that some progressives will fight to the bone to say that FDR's compromises with racist democrats really don't count.

            4. I agree with you that it is essential to look at history, to compare and contrast.  But, the whole point of my diary was that this must be done with intellectual honesty and not cherry picking to prove one's points.

            5. And, for me, being honest about making these comparisons includes that while they may be interesting and educational, these two presidents cannot be compared equally, on merits and time in office, today.  History will do that.

            6.  Here's another interesting "comparison." Democrats kept FDR in office for 12 years, despite their complaints, and there were plenty of them from the left. Then they went on to keep another Democrat president in office for another 8 years.  

            When today's democrats can manage to keep a democrat in office for 8 years more than once every 20 years, that will be good.  Comparisons can be made from bottom up, as well as top down.

      •  FDR authorized the Internment system in part (0+ / 0-)

        to protect these Japanese-Americans.

        Simple fact is that the overt, full-armed racism of the 1940s was expected to result in hundreds of killings. It would have been Open Season on them.

        No way they would have been safe.

        Look to wartime propaganda for the attitude of the day. These films are quite accurate -- aimed to a known audience.

        Btw: seizing their property ? That's another issue -- local governments got well with house-grabs and taking their cars.

        Nasty stuff.

        Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

        by vets74 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 01:11:31 PM PDT

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        •  Hard for me (1+ / 0-)
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          to justify that being interned without choice is OK if the motivation is to protect. Certainly, America did not go for interning Muslims after 9/11, despite those who would have loved the idea. Sorry, but I'm feeling more of a racist and knee jerk defensive thing going on with the internment of the Japanese, than a desire to protect them.

          But I would love to see any link to an article that talks more about this.

          •  Different country in 2001. (0+ / 0-)

            "Gooks." "Slants." And that was during WW II, Korea and then Vietnam.

            Besides, Muslims cover a broad spectrum. Saudis are rich, anyway, so SIOKIYA-richie.

            Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

            by vets74 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 02:45:08 PM PDT

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            •  The Japanese citizens (2+ / 0-)
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              who were interned in WWII covered a broad spectrum too.  120,000 Japanese were thrown into camps without any rights.  Young, middle aged and old.  Rich, middle class and poor.

              I've read your comments here many times Vets74, and we often agree.  But not here.  Just can't buy into the idea that the internment was about protecting the Japanese.  Just can't by into the idea that it was justified.  I think many today look at it with horror, and that's as I think it should be.  And I think, why it didn't happen after 9/11.

              •  How many people attacked Arabs after 9/11 ? (0+ / 0-)

                Maybe a couple dozen. A handful of murders, usually hitting the wrong nationalities. LA's Iranians had a lot of problems with that.

                After Pearl Harbor there were dozens of murders in California. Mostly gangsters taking advantage of the situation. Burglaries aimed at Japanese exploded.

                FDR knew he couldn't protect the Japanese. Imagine if there had been a pogrom ? Something like Ocoee, Florida.

                Btw: that 120,000 figure is less than half the Japanese-Americans in the country.

                Boston didn't clean them out. Maine didn't, or Vermont or New Hampshire. Same generally across the upper Midwest.

                California was the big problem because of the many Southerners who had relocated during the 1930s. They'd shoot anybody.

                Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

                by vets74 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 05:06:42 PM PDT

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        •  love FDR but what about anti-lynching legislation? (4+ / 0-)
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          Did he refuse to support it to protect those in danger? I suppose the argument could be made that passing anti-lynching laws would have inflamed passions etc. But I would guess it was about his close relationship to the Southern Dems, who backed his New Deal policies in exchange for his stepping back in terms of racial issues. It just about killed Eleanor, who even before that thought he got much too close to Southern racist pols during his polio rehab in Warm Springs, GA.

          Again, I love FDR. But I think the diarist's point is well taken.

          "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" Homer Simpson.

          by scilicet on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 02:49:26 PM PDT

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          •  Yep. (2+ / 0-)
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            Thanks for another example of difficult and questionable compromises even the greatest presidents have made.  Seems like you know a good bit about Eleanor.  Do you have a book you could recommend to me on her that you consider one of the best?

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