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(94,197 posts)
Fri Jan 8, 2016, 06:18 PM
Jan 2016

First - FDR wasn't a "Democratic Socialist". He was a liberal Democrat. He never called himself a Socialist, Democrat or otherwise

Second - The 22nd Amendment wasn't proposed and passed until after FDR was dead

Third - While he was certainly popular, voters were also reluctant to change leadership in the middle of a war.


Fast Walker 52

(7,723 posts)
3. He was essentially a democratic socialist, even if that name wasn't used back then
Fri Jan 8, 2016, 11:16 PM
Jan 2016

also I think he was elected to a 3rd term in 1940, before we were in WWII.


Betty Karlson

(7,231 posts)
11. Except that Obama is well to the right of Roosevelt on many issues...
Sat Jan 9, 2016, 01:48 PM
Jan 2016

But then: the GOP still had some pockets of sanity left in the 1940-ies.


Fast Walker 52

(7,723 posts)
7. True-- and if it weren't for the damned Vietnam war, he would have had a pretty great legacy
Sat Jan 9, 2016, 09:17 AM
Jan 2016

and a chance at winning re-election in 1968.


(9,841 posts)
13. What FDR meant is that a mixed economy actually works better than the much-vaunted capitalism.
Sat Jan 9, 2016, 04:58 PM
Jan 2016

As Will Rogers said, what harm does it do to give money to the poor - it all ends up in the hands of the rich anyway.

And so it does.


(39,215 posts)
16. From what I understand a Democratic Socialist does not
Sat Jan 9, 2016, 05:11 PM
Jan 2016

believe in government co-opting private business as a socialist did. In 1932 Socialists that did believe in getting rid of private businesses were very powerful. It was feared that after Hoover's mess that capitalism would be overthrown.

FDR introduced Democratic Socialism or mixed government to regulate capitalism. It has been argued that he saved capitalism from themselves. Thus he was their best friend.

They have forgotten that.

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