[Marxism] Obama and FDR

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 8 08:39:05 MDT 2011

Fortunately, the decline of conservatism and the advent of Barack 
Obama are occurring at the same time that there's a new online 
technology capable of harnessing citizen energy nearly cost-free 
to pressure for a program of Progressive Patriotism, much as the 
Internet, social networks, and ardent bloggers helped lift Obama 
into office.

Then, if he and his base can credibly claim success by 2012 or 
2016 in, say, seven or more of these ten goals--especially 
healthcare and democracy--President Obama will be regarded as a 
twenty-first-century FDR and credited with inspiring an era of 
positive progressive governance.

--Mark Green, Nation Magazine, Jan. 13, 2009


I ran for President because I believed in an America where 
ordinary folks could get ahead; where if you worked hard, you 
could have a better life. That's been my focus since I came into 
office, and that has to be our focus now. It's one of the reasons 
why we're working to reduce our nation's deficit. Government has 
to start living within its means, just like families do. We have 
to cut the spending we can't afford so we can put the economy on 
sounder footing, and give our businesses the confidence they need 
to grow and create jobs.

--Barack Obama, Jul. 2, 2011 Radio Address



How FDR Did It
Ronald Dworkin

We now have a President we can admire and respect. But he seems 
unaware that his opponents are not patriots anxious to help govern 
through a decent consensus but fanatics who would destroy the 
country if that would lead to his defeat. We think he should 
understand that this is a time for confrontation not compromise. 
He should therefore remember the words of another president 
running for reelection in the middle of an even graver economic 
catastrophe, words that seem eerily relevant now.

Here is Franklin Roosevelt, in Madison Square Garden, in 1936:

"For nearly four years you have had an Administration which 
instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will 
keep our sleeves rolled up. We had to struggle with the old 
enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, 
reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war 
profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the 
United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know 
now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as 
Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have 
these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand 
today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their 
hatred. I should like to have it said of my first Administration 
that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met 
their match. I should like to have it said of my second 
Administration that in it these forces met their master."

President Obama might recall that Roosevelt won re-election by the 
largest majority before or since.

July 7, 2011 2:38 p.m.

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