February 23, 2009

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell even claimed that government spending didn’t get us out of the Great Depression. What does he think did? Tax cuts? New Deal programs reduced unemployment nearly in half (if you include government jobs) and the Depression ended when the government intervened heavily in the economy at the onset of WWII.” – Jonathan Alter

You know who hated FDR? The Republicans. It surely bugged them the first time he won in 1932, although they probably understood, what with the Great Depression and everything. The three subsequent victories brought out a viciousness in the Republicans that they have never let go of.

Let’s get one thing out of the way here first. We at Winkest Link support the 22nd amendment, limiting presidents to two terms. We want this limit even for popular Democratic presidents. Unlimited terms can too easily lead to abuse of power, and Dems can abuse power as easily as Republicans.

The real issue here is revisionist history. Rewriting history to paint popular Democrats in a bad light is now the conservative de rigueur. They are never allowed to admit to any legitimate reasons for the popularity of FDR, or JFK, or Bill Clinton.

Did these three men emphasize helping the little guy? Pull us out of a depression? Preside over our greatest economic booms? Support civil rights? Help us win WWII?

Apparently all of that was a smoke screen.

The conservative line is that Kennedy was popular because he was handsome, had a beautiful wife and died young (before we could learn how awful he really was). Clinton was a smooth talker who just happened to come along during an economic boom.

FDR is widely considered one of the greatest presidents ever. To try to discredit him, conservatives repeat-repeat-repeat these whoppers….

  • Only the war pulled us out the Great Depression.
  • After four years, FDR was still popular only because he blamed the bad economy on the previous administration.
  • Government spending didn’t get us out of the Great Depression.
  • FDR was a communist who hid the fact that he was a Jew by changing his “real” name from “Rosenfelt”. (Wherever you are standing right now, there is someone within shouting distance that still believes this.)

The Lie Machine that cranks this stuff out has been going strong for nearly 100 years now. It has only been escalated with the popularity of talk radio, beginning with Rush, but not ending there, and has elevated the lies to a new level.

It is way too kind to call Rush “fact-impaired”. He knows the facts, he just chooses to lie. And the “Rush-wannabe’s” are even worse, making up increasingly slanderous statements that believers (haters) swallow whole.

The wannabe’s are so hateful and so awful that I won’t mention their names here. Believe me, they would love to be mentioned, even in this little blog, because they crave all the attention they can get.

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