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What's the saying?  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Well, FDR and Obama have much in common.

The Right hates Obama.

They hated FDR too.

Republican Mitt Romney thinks people who expect adequate health care, food and the bare necessities are moochers.

Republicans during FDR's time believed the same, but of course, FDR strongly disagreed.  Here's his lost Bill of Rights speech.

They claim Obama hates rich people and capitalism.

They said the same drivel about FDR.

They make up ridiculous stories about Obama's dog Bo.

They did the same to FDR's dog Fala.

Mitt Romney claims he cares about America and his plan is better for America.

Paul Ryan claims their plan is revenue neutral and  won't cost a thing.  

Hmmm... that sounds awfully familiar.

Amazingly, FDR had to deal with the same nonsense in 1936 when he ran for reelection.  The GOP has been spewing the exact same bull***t for decades.

Let's hope history continues to repeat itself.  Let's hope Obama, like FDR, wins reelection in a landslide.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    We Won, Egalitare, valadon

    “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

    by WFBMM on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 11:58:33 PM PDT

  •  Obama does not "welcome their hatred" (2+ / 0-)
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    praenomen, Aspe4

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 12:01:26 AM PDT

    •  Um, I never said he welcomed it. :-) (3+ / 0-)
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      We Won, Egalitare, valadon

      I merely said they hated FDR too.  That speech was FDR addressing their hatred.  Obama's response was different.  He just said they don't know him.

      The point is that both presidents had to deal with hate.

      “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

      by WFBMM on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 12:07:23 AM PDT

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  •  I'm reading Sally Denton's book now (0+ / 0-)

    "The Plots Against the President" Wapo Book Review

    The "Owners" don't like anyone who suggests they might have claimed more than their fair share. It doesn't matter how forcefully you pushback: the fact that you push at all is enough to draw fire from the "Owners" and their real and hopelessly, irrationally aspiring Minions.

    FDR pushed the boundaries as much as he dared, as far as the politics of his time would allow. But he did sacrifice some groups of people to the altar of the "Owners" to make progress on some matters (from my own family history, my grandmother never earned Social Security as her only earned income was as a Domestic: specifically omitted from inclusion in the program at the beginning along with Farm Laborers - because they were both jobs overwhelmingly filled by African Americans - at the insistence of overwhelmingly Southern Democrats doing the bidding of the local Landed Gentry. Her husband and one of his brothers were fortunate to have escaped the farm and gotten employment at a Shipyard, the very one that has employed now 5 generations of my family and allowed my grandmother to receive SS Survivor Benefits to supplement her husband's astoundingly generous pension by current standards).

    POTUS is vilified by the same forces that attempted to undermine Cleveland, Wilson, FDR...all the imperfect champions of Democratic Progressivism up to and including Carter and Clinton. FDR and JFK were unique among them in that their personal wealth and Blue Blood legacy gave them space to "welcome their hatred" (in the case of FDR) or largely ignore them (in the case of JFK) that no non-Aristocrat can effectively replicate.

    All others of "lesser station" can only endure their hatred.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 01:09:44 AM PDT

  •  A difference (1+ / 0-)
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    When unemployment was high the government directly intervened in the labor market and put people to work.  FDR believed in the efficacy of government and democracy over the volatility of the market, and New Deal Democrats pursued policies that emphasized economic security in the areas of high wages, tax supported employer health plans, and a secure retirement with subsidized defined benefit plans and social security.

    Current day neoliberals believe in the efficacy of market oriented solutions and wish to leave a legacy of reforming "entitlements" and are going to "tweak" Social Security in the face of stagnant wages, underfunded 401 (k)s and raided employer pension funds, and employers moving away from defined benefit to defined contribution health plans.

    Sorry, your diary says more about the tendencies of the conservative mind than the similarities of the two "Democratic" presidents.  Look no further than the number of Wall Street prosecutions during the current administration.

    "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

    by Illinibeatle on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:26:40 AM PDT

    •  So True (0+ / 0-)

      The righties' current cynical and intellectually dishonest attacks on Obama in no way mean that he and FDR have similar politics so they're not brothers-in-arms in that way. Rightwingers also call Obama a socialist and a marxist and he is definitely neither. The diarist is correct in the strict sense that Obama and FDR both got attacked by the conservatives of their day, but the attacks are for totally different substantive reasons.

      "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

      by Aspe4 on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 06:19:38 AM PDT

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