Roosevelt's domestic policy actions often contradicted his words. He enlarged governmental programs even though he proclaimed that "No governmental organization in all history has been able to keep the human touch to the same extent as church and private effort." He birthed an anti-poverty bureaucracy even though he told charity workers that "success in this kind of personal work in which you are engaged depends on personal contact between neighbor and neighbor."
But FDR was as forthright as George W. Bush about the need to fight terror. He offered messages like this one: "We Americans are now face to face not with abstract theories but with cruel, relentless facts. There has now come a time when you and I must see the cold, inexorable necessity of saying to these inhumane, unrestrained seekers of world conquest and permanent world domination by the sword: 'You seek to throw our children and our children's children into your form of terrorism and slavery. You have now attacked our own safety. You shall go no further.'"
Democrats used to oppose dictators, but now many of their leaders lean toward appeasing inhumane, unrestrained seekers of world conquest? To win next year's election and be worthy of winning, Democrats should study FDR's foreign policy words and actions.
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