Originally posted by Misoir
He is my favourite president of all time, he is truly the leader of the Democrats like Reagan is to the Republicans. So I have to ask, what did FDR
stand for on these issues? I know most of what he did except for in depth stuff like this...
Affirmative Action(if he had the chance to vote on it, what would he think?)
Global Trade(Was he for Free Trade, Fair Trade, or Protectionism?)
Size of military
Political Campaign funding
And was he for or against war?
If you can answer as many of these questions as possible i would be very greatefull.
Also there is a rumor online that Pearl Harbor was staged so that we could enter WW2 is that true?
[edit on 2/16/10 by Misoir]
Regarding Pearl Harbor, if we would have connected the dots in time, he could have ordered all ships to sea save a few token vessals, and we might
have been spared the terrible destruction and loss of life. We could have intercepted the attacking planes as they approached Pearl Harbor, and
greatly reduced damage on the ground and in the harbor. My background includes cryptology and I know we were intercepting and decoding information
left right and center. The VERY BIG problem was code breaking was not co-ordinated. You had navel intelligence, army G2, a rash of government
diplomatic codes such as state department, white house FBI, even private corporate codes.
Every one was getting a piece of what was going on, but it was like trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle with most of the parts there, we just
diden't know how they fit. I have no doubt the president did not know about this attack ahead of time. Period. To address some of the issues you
mentioned; Abortion, it was just not allowed any where. The little minds of that age made no exceptions even when the mothers life was at stake. I
always love it when there are those more concerned about the unborn then the born. Affirmative action. No action there unless he listend to his wife.
She was very pro civil rights. Gay marriage. You got to be kidding. No way.
School prayer; Most likely he would have taken no stance. It was commen in public schools at that time. Death penalty; Also was just accepted and not
thought of as wrong. Three strikes; He may have liked the idea, but his thoughts on the law are pretty thin. Gun ownership; Also something he would
not have thought that much about except in the 1930's cops were being mowed down because the crooks were better armed then the cops. This resulted in
the laws that said you coulden't buy or have a machine gun.
Universal health care; Since he just was able to pass social security laws, he most likely would not want to push his luck. A little side note. Truman
was working on such a health care plan when the Korean war broke out. If it had not, who knows. Mention private schools and I think he would have
givin you a blank stare. Preserving nature; TR was a true environmentalist in every sense of the word. There is nothing published about FDR that I've
read that ever gave a hint on FDR's views on this. Safe to say FDR was no Johny Appleseed.
Drug use; Drug use was thought of as a issue with minorities at that time. It was pure racisim. And god help us if our lilly white children get
infected with this scum. Church welfare; most likely he would have thought if a church can provide services cheaper then the government, why not.
Progressive taxation; In truth he never had the time to get that far. The largest tax increase in US history, accross the board in real dollars was
put in place to fund WW-2. He diden't live to see the end of the war so we will never know. Immigration; In the 1930's due to the crash this was cut
to the bone. Only people with rare and unique skills had a good chance of getting in. Like Fermi, Einstien, etc. In the fourties we needed farm labor
very badly, so a lot of people from Mexico came in at that time. In this sense he was just very practicle.
Global trade; Thats a complicated question to answer because the depression was not caused by the crash of 1929. It was caused by nations closing
themselves off from imports from other nations. It was a domino effect once one nation did it they all did. Even today some Republicans still have
their head stuck up their 1929 ass. Military size; FDR knew we were faced with very nasty nations arrayed against us. To win WW-2, we would need every
available man to ensure our nation had the best chance of defeating what was perhaps the greatest evil the world had ever known. I don't think FDR
thought to much about what we would do after the war. First, he just wanted to win.
Campaign funding. It's safe to say in those days elections were won by the old boy network. The first time my Mom went to vote, (in Chicago of
course), the campaign worker met my Mom at the polling center entrance, and as he shook her hand, he tried to slip her a ten dollar bill (a lot of
money in 1950). Mom was polite as always but she gave the money back. Thats just the way things were done in those days as they were done when FDR was
Civil liberties; FDR was up against a bunch of fricken screaming southern racists. His first goal was to get us out of the depression, and later win
the war. Had he lived longer, who knows. For or against war; I have no doub't FDR was itching to get the US into the war as soon as he could get away
with it. And for a very good reason. He knew if England fell we would be next.. It was anticipated (today we call it war gaming) that if that happend
both Japan and Germany would be emboldend. We could expect landings of enemy troops on the east and west coast of the United States. Trying to
dislodge that cancer could damn well kill the patient