Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

To: Hojczyk

In a Crisis Era, mushy moderates on either side do not win elections. Leaders in a Crisis Era must have a clear, uncompromising vision for the future, based on sound principles and values, and be able to articulate this to a majority of the voters. This is what Sarah Palin has been doing in her two books, two hundred or so articles, and a hundred or so speeches. In these, Palin has addressed every major issue facing the nation and the world.

During other eras in history, a policy-wonk type of figurehead can successfully preside over the processes that are necessary to keep a country running, because the relatively minor ups and downs are not drastically changing the overall direction of the nation.

Look at all the success Republicans had running Progressive Liberal Republicans against FDR in 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1944.

Not a single one of these people could articulate a Constitutional conservative vision for the USA, and none of them even tried.

All four of them were slightly less socialist than FDR, and differed from FDR only on their pro-business angle (exactly like the RINOs of today).

And they all lost to the second worst communist president the USA ever had.

1932 Election

Herbert Hoover was a professional mining engineer and author. As the United States Secretary of Commerce in the 1920s under Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, he promoted government intervention under the rubric "economic modernization". In the presidential election of 1928, Hoover easily won the Republican nomination, despite having no previous elected office experience. To date, Hoover is the last cabinet secretary to be directly elected President of the United States, as well as one of only two Presidents (along with William Howard Taft) to have been elected President without electoral experience or high military rank. America was prosperous and optimistic at the time, leading to a landslide victory for Hoover over Democrat Al Smith.

Hoover, a trained engineer, deeply believed in the Efficiency Movement, which held that government and the economy were riddled with inefficiency and waste, and could be improved by experts who could identify the problems and solve them. When the Wall Street Crash of 1929 struck less than eight months after he took office, Hoover tried to combat the ensuing Great Depression with volunteer efforts, none of which produced economic recovery during his term.

The consensus among historians is that Hoover's defeat in the 1932 election was caused primarily by failure to end the downward economic spiral. As a result of these factors, Hoover is ranked poorly among former US Presidents.

1936 Election

Alfred "Alf" Mossman Landon - supported Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Party in 1912, and, in 1922, was private secretary to the governor of Kansas. He later became known as the leader of the liberal Republicans in the state. He was elected chairman of the Republican state central committee in 1928 and directed the Republican successful presidential and gubernatorial campaigns in Kansas in that year.

Landon was elected Governor of Kansas in 1932. He was re-elected governor in 1934 – the only Republican governor in the nation to be re-elected that year. He served as governor from 1933 until 1937. As Governor, Landon gained a reputation for reducing taxes and balancing the budget. Landon is often described as a fiscal conservative who nevertheless believed that government must also address social issues. He supported parts of the New Deal but opposed labor unions.

1940 Election

Wendell Lewis Willkie ran against FDR in 1940 - a corporate lawyer and dark horse Republican Party nominee for the 1940 presidential election. A member of the liberal wing of the GOP, he crusaded against those domestic policies of the New Deal which he thought were inefficient and anti-business. Willkie, however, waffled on the bitterly debated issue of intervention in or isolation from World War II. His opponent Franklin D. Roosevelt won that election, with 55% of the popular vote and 85% of the electoral vote.

1944 Election

Thomas Edmund Dewey ran against FDR in 1944 - led the liberal faction of the Republican Party, in which he fought conservative Ohio Senator Robert A. Taft. Dewey advocated for the professional and business community of the Northeastern United States, which would later be called the "Eastern Establishment." This organization accepted the majority of New Deal social-welfare reforms enacted during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It consisted of internationalists who were in favor of the United Nations and the "Cold War" fought against communism and the Soviet Union.

1948 Election
Dewey lost to Truman again, after an overnight squeaker, during which some prominent newspapers erroneously pronounced Dewey the winner.

20 posted on 07/23/2011 8:46:05 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies ]

To: meadsjn
Not a single one of these people could articulate a Constitutional conservative vision for the USA, and none of them even tried.

None of them would have been elected if they did. It was the Depression. Roosevelt was going to win by a landslide. They won what conservative sentiment was out there and there wasn't much of it.

Phyllis Schlafly had the idea that a more conservative candidate could have beaten FDR or Truman, but her man, Barry Goldwater, did almost as poorly as Landon and considerably worse than Willkie or Dewey in the popular vote, and that against a much less popular opponent than Roosevelt.

But you do slander Hoover, who articulated about conservative a vision for America as anyone after he left office. He could form and express such a view when circumstances commanded it. It didn't win over most Americans even then, but he wasn't lacking in intelligence and showed great commitment to conservative principles in his later years.

And they all lost to the second worst communist president the USA ever had.

You either are a communist or you aren't. Roosevelt (and whoever the other president you're talking about is) had their faults, but they weren't communists or Marxists. I don't disagree with what I think you're trying to say, but surely there's a better way of phrasing your thought than this, especially after what happened yesterday.

26 posted on 07/23/2011 9:41:49 AM PDT by x
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies ]

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson