[Marxism] The Democratic Party civil liberties hall of fame

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 2 10:08:07 MST 2004

srobin21 at comcast.net wrote:
> Hey, what about FDR and the passage of the Smith Act? and, the internment of Japanese Americans?

This is a shrewd observation. If 9/11 is supposed to be a latter-day 
version of Pearl Harbor, then George W. Bush is far more respectful of 
constitutional rights than FDR, who is supposedly the incarnation of 
liberal values. If Bush was more like FDR, he would have rounded up 
Arab-Americans *as a group* and put them into concentration camps. He 
also would have arrested Ramsey Clark and anybody else who called for 
antiwar protests, just the way that FDR threw the Trotskyist leaders 
into prison for denouncing WWII as an imperialist war.

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