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Presidential Personality Cult Deconstructed
Campus Report ^ | April 24, 2008 | Malcolm Kline

Posted on 04/25/2008 7:28:51 AM PDT by bs9021

Presidential Personality Cult Deconstructed

by: Malcolm A. Kline, April 25, 2008

So many generations have been taught that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ended the Depression that it has become an article of faith for historians in and out of academia and, naturally, their media acolytes. “The life of Franklin Roosevelt has been well-analyzed through the lens of politics and policy,” the editors of U. S. News & World Report write in the April 28/May 5 issue of the magazine. “As the president who lifted the country out of economic despair and stood up to foreign military aggression, FDR offers historians the richest of public material.”

Actually, Cato Institute scholar Jim Powell in FDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression (Crown Forum, 2003) brought together evidence from the findings of several dozen economists at Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Brown, the University of Chicago, and the University of California at Berkeley, hardly a bunch of right-wing think tanks. “Throughout the bulk of the Depression, unemployment rates averaged about 17 percent,” we reported of his findings....

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“Your plans, if I recall 1932 correctly, called for economy in government and a reduction in taxes,” a Phoenix businessman wrote in a guest editorial in the local paper back in 1937 that was done in the style of one of FDR’s famous fireside chats. “In five years you have spent more than this government of ours spent in its entire history before 1932,” the Arizona merchant observed.

“In five years my taxes have increased over 250 percent and I fear greatly that ‘I ain’t seen half of it yet.” The young executive was future presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

When his father died, Goldwater left school to take over the family business....

(Excerpt) Read more at campusreportonline.net ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: barrygoldwater; depression; fdr; newdeal

1 posted on 04/25/2008 7:28:52 AM PDT by bs9021
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To: bs9021

When i was in high school, my father gave me these facts about Goldwater doing this and I got sent out of class for being a distraction by Mr. Watson. All and all I thought that if Barry could get me out of class, he was a good guy!


2 posted on 04/25/2008 7:41:31 AM PDT by killermedic ("discipline isn’t reserved for times of combat....only tested there.")
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To: bs9021

The Great Depression never ended. This is still the Great Depression.


3 posted on 04/25/2008 7:43:52 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: bs9021
The Press of FDR's time kept his polio a secret, never mentioning it, for fear it would hurt the war effort.

The Press of our time broke the news to the terrorists that America could track them by their cell phones, ultimately giving up what was a great tactical advantage over people who want us dead or enslaved, and spends more time worrying about the "rights" of those terroirsts than it does their defeat.

See the difference?

4 posted on 04/25/2008 7:48:13 AM PDT by 50sDad (Liberals: Never Happy, Never Grateful, Never Right.)
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To: 50sDad
The Press of FDR's time kept his polio a secret, never mentioning it, for fear it would hurt the war effort.

FDR was President for 7+ years before we even got into the war.

5 posted on 04/25/2008 7:49:59 AM PDT by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: bs9021

To paraphrase Gov. Daniels, the liberals are just going to have to get over FDR.


6 posted on 04/25/2008 7:51:31 AM PDT by AU72
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To: RightWhale

Depends who is POTUS.
Remember how ‘great’ things were during the Clinton Administration??


7 posted on 04/25/2008 7:53:56 AM PDT by griswold3 (Al queda is guilty of hirabah (war against society) Penalty is death.)
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To: 50sDad
See the difference?

MSM media self, conservative and America hating little pseudo elitists whose lives depend only on who can get the scoop first no matter who it hurts. There's going to be a reckoning someday

8 posted on 04/25/2008 7:56:39 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Bitsy

That was not about being first.

It was the same as all the other news stories.

It is about Bush Hating Syndrom, and a purposful damaging of Bush and the American Government.


9 posted on 04/25/2008 8:19:39 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: bs9021
Good find. Goldwater's ability to keep his father's store running with no employee layoffs and maintain the same sales level throughout the Great Depression was no small feat. Remember, Arizona of the 1930's was no snowbird destination. In fact, it was in a part of the country who fared worse than average by the Great Depression.

FDR is the most overrated president in history. He took a cyclical recession and parlayed it into a decade long depression in order to grow big government.

Even his management of World War II wasn't the success often claimed. Despite top-notch military leadership, he ceded far more to the Communists than was necessary to ensure their temporary cooperation in the war against facist national socialism.

10 posted on 04/25/2008 8:28:50 AM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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he ceded far more to the Communists than was necessary to ensure their temporary cooperation in the war against facist national socialism.

Well, he had enough of them in his administration to run Russia. Matter of fact, they are still there today.

The question Senator Macarthy asked was why are they still there. Remember what happened to him and learn.

11 posted on 04/25/2008 3:00:48 PM PDT by itsahoot (Global Government is coming because, i guess we want it.)
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