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  •  You misunderstand history (2+ / 0-)
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    GoGoGoEverton, MRobDC

    Just to take FDR as an example, instead of nationalizing the banking system upon taking office he decided to enact a banking rescue drawn up by bankers and Hoover Administration Treasury officials which preserved the private banking system.  Why?  Because nationalizing the banking system would've been too disruptive.

    As for Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr., they weren't elected officials with official responsiblities.  They were activists whose whole purpose was to shake things up.

    Lastly, you mention Teddy Roosevelt, who did pursue a few lawsuits busting up some trusts, but here's an actual quote from TR:

    “The man who advocates destroying the trusts,” he said early in his presidency, “by measures which would paralyze the industries of the country is at least a quack and at worst an enemy to the Republic.”  Richard Hofstader, The Age of Reform, p. 246)
    In other words, although he believed in curbing some abuses of the trusts, he most definitely did not favor abolishing them because it would be too disruptive.  

    "Those who have wrought great changes in the world never succeeded by gaining over chiefs; but always by exciting the multitude." - Martin Van Buren

    by puakev on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 05:55:15 PM PST

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