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  •  But FDR Spent His Entire Political Career Giving (1+ / 0-)
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    regular fireside chats and speeches and more to inform and motivate voters, starting as Governor in 1929. He gave 30 as President.

    He put in a hell of a lot of effort to pull the people up closer to where he was on many issues and to get them to pressure their reps.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 04:43:14 PM PST

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    •  The President (5+ / 0-)

      gives weekly "chats" on Saturdays on the tubes which are not as widely consumed: I don't know what the radio markets are like today, but in the 1930's it was bigger than television.

      But the real difference in the thirties was that you had the unions and the socialists and the CPUSA regularly in the streets. And, of course you did not have a constant rotation of vapid talking heads (Father Coughlin excepted) striving to negate his every word. Not to mention FDR had huge Democratic majorities in both the Senate and House along with a handful of compliant Republicans in each.

      The challenges faced by this president, while perhaps not as vast as those faced by FDR, are made more difficult to overcome by obstacles he didn't have to face.

      "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

      by durrati on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:42:15 PM PST

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