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Will FDR Be the Next Democrat to Be Expelled From His Party?

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George J. Marlin By Thursday, 04 February 2021 09:30 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

The radical wing of the Democratic Party has been on a mission to expel long-time party heroes. In 2015, for instance, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, the founders of the Democratic Party, were booted out because they owned slaves. There were demands that Jackson be removed from the $20 bill and replaced with a woman who is a "hero of our inclusive democracy."

Traditional Jefferson-Jackson dinners were cancelled or renamed.

Recently, leftists have been urging the names of Jefferson, Jackson, and Woodrow Wilson be stripped from schools and institutions because, as political columnist Bret Stephens put it, they are guilty of "sinning against the more recent commandments of progressive dogma."

Who will the leftists go after next?

My guess is the president who saved the nation’s economy, and as commander-in-chief led the U.S. forces that defeated the Nazis and the Japanese militarists, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Why Roosevelt? Because he revered the party’s founders and did not adhere to the modern Democratic Party’s values of inclusiveness, diversity, and equity.

Here’s what Roosevelt said at the dedication of the Jefferson memorial in April 1943:

[Jefferson] was an "Apostle of Freedom" [to whom] we are paying a debt long overdue … We judge him by the application of his philosophy to the circumstances of his life. But in such applying we come to understand that his life was given for those deeper values that persist throughout all time. Leader in the philosophy of government, in education, in the arts, in efforts to lighten the toil of mankind—exponent of planning for the future, he led the steps of America into the path of the permanent integrity of the Republic.

As for Andrew Jackson, FDR, who regarded him a hero for "his unending contribution to the vitality of our democracy," said "…we review [Jackson’s] battles because the struggles he went through, the enemies he encountered, the defeats he suffered, and the victories he won are part and parcel of the struggles, the enemies, the defeats and the victories of those who have lived in all generations that have followed."

At the 1936 unveiling of the General Robert E. Lee memorial statute in Dallas, Texas, FDR declared, "I am very happy to take part in this unveiling of the statue of Robert E. Lee. All over the United States we recognize him as a great leader of men, as a great general. But, also, all over the U.S., I believe that we recognize him as something much more important than that. We recognize Lee as one of our greatest American Christians and one of our greatest American gentlemen."

FDR honored Lee to further advance reconciliation with the South. But for leftists, anyone who dares to say a kind word about a Confederate is a racist.

When asked by a reporter if he was a socialist or communist, FDR, with a look of indignation, replied, "I am a Christian and a Democrat." Nowadays, boasting that one’s Christian faith influences one’s approach to governing is deplored by radical Democrats.

Roosevelt’s other mortal sins:

  • He opposed a permanent welfare state. While FDR expanded the federal government’s role in providing relief to millions of suffering Americans, he warned the nation that "continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber…. [I]t is precisely the permanent guarantee of benefits that induces dependency."
  • He also opposed the unionization of government workers. In a 1937 letter to the National Foundation of Federal Employees, he announced:

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service…. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress…. Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent of obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.

Roosevelt is also guilty of cavorting with Southern segregationists. To obtain passage of his New Deal legislation he sought the support of the South’s Congressional delegation.

And, he did not desegregate the armed forces, nor did he desegregate Washington, D.C. Truman ordered the former and Eisenhower the latter.

By the standards of 21st century radical leftists, one of the nation’s greatest presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt, is guilty of political incorrectness. Hence, don’t be surprised if he is the next president to be purged from the rolls of the Democratic Party.

George J. Marlin, a former executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is the author of "The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact," and "Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy." He is chairman of Aid to the Church in Need-USA. Mr. Marlin also writes for TheCatholicThing.org and the Long Island Business News. Read George J. Marlin's Reports — More Here.

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Roosevelt is also guilty of cavorting with Southern segregationists. To obtain passage of his New Deal legislation he sought the support of the South’s Congressional delegation. He did not desegregate the armed forces, nor did he desegregate Washington, D.C.
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Thursday, 04 February 2021 09:30 AM
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