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  •  My grandfather.... (13+ / 0-)

    during the depression he took my dad and my uncle Bill with him door to door and he sold people photographs of Roosevelt.  Seriously, everyone had one.  

    He was also the first to introduce the Venus fly trap to Wisconsin.  And I think some violins and  lessons may have been sold, but not sure how many great violinists actually arrived.

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 08:03:11 PM PST

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    •  Thanks, that's a great story... (8+ / 0-)

      However, I fear that's how a lot of people will be trying to make ends meet within the next couple decades in America. Scratching out a living somehow, someway. The people of the depression still amaze me. A really awful time, but people of such strength and character not folding up, but living by the seat of their pants.

    •  My parents (2+ / 0-)
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      One of my earliest memories is of watching my parents sob uncontrollably on hearing the news of Roosevelt's death.  I had never seen them cry before, and it really disturbed me.  They worshipped him.  He had a way of touching ordinary people, giving them hope, appealing to their better instincts.

      Over the past 30 years there has been a sustained attack on FDR by people in my discipline -- many of them my close friends -- who push the libertarian line that government intervention to help people is counter-productive, and that the New Deal was just all a big mistake.  What they don't grasp, because the statistics on employment and wages will never reveal it, is the importance to a society of a sense of belonging, of having some common goals.  Taken to an extreme, that sense can easily degenerate into nationalism and fascism, and there were in the 30s certainly some honest Republicans who feared Roosevelt was taking the country in that direction.  But that fear was due to a lack of sense of proportion, and a failure to listen.  

      Democracies walk a thin and difficult line between individualism and community.  I don't think there's any simple formula for getting it right; it takes constant care and attention, like maintaining a marriage and a family.

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