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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2017-01-30

"But if the spirit of America were killed, even though the Nation's body and mind, constricted in an alien world, lived on, the America we know would have perished.

"The destiny of America was proclaimed in words of prophecy spoken by our first President in his first inaugural in 1789 -- words almost directed, it would seem, to this year of 1941: 'The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered ... deeply, ... finally, staked on the experiment intrusted to the hands of the American people.'

"If we lose that sacred fire -- if we let it be smothered with doubt and fear --€” then we shall reject the destiny which Washington strove so valiantly and so triumphantly to establish."

-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (b. 1882-01-30, d. 1945-04-12; President of the United States 1933-03-04 to 1945-04-12), Third Inaugural Address, 1941-01-20

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posted by [personal profile] corylea at 05:15pm on 2017-01-30
And then the man who said that signed the order to force Japanese-Americans -- many of them CITIZENS -- into concentration camps.
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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 08:05pm on 2017-01-30
Yup. I found a bunch of other places where he similarly said very good things that his later actions undermined. And a lot that he was just plain wrong about, as well as a bunch of things he was right about.

I can find much worth repeating in his words, but I sure as hell can't hold him up as a hero of American ideals.

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