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  •  Hey, Tom, I didn't say you hated TDR (0+ / 0-)

    Teddy Roosevelt was a flawed human being like we all are but he was the original progressive and the only one who ever became president.  Those who proclaim themselves progressives today are blowing smoke in your eyes unless they are a Jim Hightower or reincarnation of a Molly Ivins or Huey Long.

    FDR was - ready for this? - a rightwing Democrat who promised to cut government expenses drastically - and kept his promise.  He didn't call out MacArthur and Patton to attack the veterans' encampment like Hoover did after even more draconian cuts in their pensions.  Instead FDR sent Eleanor to help serve them food in a camp well away from the capitol.  Huey Long beat FDR bloody over the treatment of the pensioners and FDR never forgot nor forgave.  

    Of course we all know that Roosevelt changed course,  reluctantly, but even Paul Krugman reiterates often that FDR nearly drove us again to the depth of depression in 1936 with an effort to balance the budget.

    Austerity is not the way to fight unemployment, hunger, poverty and despair.

    That said, I am absolutely stunned by reading your words on the middle class farce perpetrated by rightwing Democrats.  I almost thought I was in an echo chamber.

    I am more grateful than you can imagine.  I felt so alone. :-)

    Best,  Terry

    •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

      yes, nobody's perfect. Roosevelt rushed the gate on austerity and flatlined the recovery efforts back then. And - as I noted - the problem with his choice of Teddy over Franklin reveals the desire to run as far away from the Democratic Party's roots as he could.  The fact that 2012 looks more like 1935 than 1908, makes it all the more disturbing.

      Thanks again. Your words are sweet. You are most definitely not alone. Making you feel alone if you don't 'go along' with the herd is a central tactic for this election.  Stand your ground and make your own choice.  Millions of people feel the same way we do, whether they can articulate it in words that we recognize as our own, or whether they agree with our recipe for triage and renewal.

      And don't be shy about speaking your mind! Whether they like it or not, the clowns who run this party need to hear what we say, because millions of victims of this fraud-produced economic crisis feel the same way, they just won't bother telling the clowns before walking away.

      Be well!

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