From turning away Jews threatened by Hitler to interning innocent Japanese Americans to depriving blacks of jobs, FDR’s legacy does not warrant a statue in D.C. His bronze likeness needs to come down.
He was also a disaster at Yalta in 1945. It was his deal that helped lead the way to the annexation of Central and Eastern Europe.
FDR turned away a ship of Jews pre-WWII. They were eventually sent back to Germany to be abused and/or murdered at the hands of the Nazis. The State Department and FDR claimed that Jewish immigrants could threaten national security.
Instead of blaming FDR’s bigotry, Democrats blamed his state department chief or Americans’ cruelty to immigrants. That fact is that FDR did it.
FDR also rounded up the Japanese Americans and put them in interment camps via an executive order.
As if that isn’t enough, FDR is known to have rewarded Dixie for their votes by putting a Klansman, Hugo Black, on the Supreme Court. No surprise! The left has long had a romance with the bigots from slavery to Jim Crow to segregation and, no the parties didn’t change.
Though he had the best of intentions, it was FDR’s New Deal that cost blacks their jobs.
The minimum wage regulations made it illegal for employers to hire people who weren’t worth the minimum because they lacked skills. As a result, some 500,000 blacks, particularly in the South, were estimated to have lost their jobs.
When President Roosevelt brought the progressive revolution to fruition here in the United States, it was none other than Adolf Hitler who wrote him a letter commending him on his new economic program for America. Hitler pointed out that his and FDR’s New Deal program shared many of the same core principles and programs, FFF explained.
He was referring to programs like Social Security, which became a permanent welfare-state program under FDR, and the National Recovery Act, which was a perfect model for economic fascism.
The war president was an unbelievable appeaser. He said about Stalin: “I think that if I give him everything that I possibly can and ask nothing from him in return, noblesse oblige, he won’t try to annex anything and will work for a world of democracy and peace.”
By the time FDR realized he had failed at Yalta, it was too late to do anything about it. On March 23, 1945, nineteen days before he died, President Roosevelt confided to Anna Rosenberg, “Averell is right. We can’t do business with Stalin. He has broken every one of the promises he made at Yalta.” In other words, FDR had really believed that Stalin would keep his promises and treaty engagements. That sounds very naive.
As a consequence, FDR inadvertently sold out Central and Eastern Europe to Stalin.
Of course we understand he admirably led the country through a terrible war and had many outstanding qualities. We don’t want his statue down. We’re just making a point.