Ghosts of America’s Past

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It was more than 150 years ago when one of our greatest presidents roamed the earth. During the start of his reign at the helm of America’s most-coveted, yet most formidable positions of authority, he taxed away at issues that bequeathed the everyday citizen. He struck the hammer for a better environment. Daily, he toiled over the most passionate, longest-fought struggle of his time: Slavery.

But let’s not forget that he worked with representatives on both sides of the political spectrum to ensure the end that we as a nation needed for our own survival. In his day, he had many adversaries, nay-sayers; those who would stomp his name down at every chance they had because, after all, he was bringing a sore end to their reign of freedom upon the backs and blood of others. He said, “Nobody’s going to enslave my brothers.” And it was through his words and deeds that this end came to be, and not through a swift victory by any means.

It was not 80 years ago, when Franklin D. Roosevelt came to bear upon this very same title in this nation of ours. The pathfinder of the century, Franklin D. led the way through economic plight and championed freedom through one of the worst world crimes in the common era.  Through his leadership, our military tore down Nazi enemies overseas, and simultaneously pulled America out of the greatest depression it has ever seen.

He, “spearheaded major legislation, and issued a profusion of executive orders that instituted the New Deal— a variety of programs designed to produce relief, recovery (economic growth), and reform,” for this nation. He lit the nation with a beam of proud intensity, he stiff-armed world criminals with his words, and left us all feeling uplifted, and worth something at the time of his death in 1945.

Today, we face greater problems than we ever have in this country of ours. Tales are spun and lies are told continuously, and it has never before been more difficult to know what the truth is. Many of us get a paycheck, and are forced to spend more and more to spend towards paying off debt. Our current president has faced many of the same issues here, as other leaders have in the past. He trudged through a humble upbringing, as did Lincoln, until his education attracted him to the political spectrum.

The issues he has faced- from redirecting this economy through the toughest of times in our generation, to leading an all-out, yet very secret offensive on terrorism via new intelligence- are all-to-similar to those Roosevelt faced himself, and have gained him both immense pride and enthusiasm, as well as intense criticism from the eyes that cover every angle of the globe.

And still, it will not be until many years in the future, that perhaps he gains the recognition that comes with the humility of further wisdom in the eyes of the public. Just as the prior two served their country in every way they could, and were vehemently hated by most during their terms of service, so too has this president. The real question to ponder is: Will he come to join the best and brightest as Ghosts of America’s Past?

“The greatest of battles take place over many years and months, and reside in our minds and our hearts; not on battlefronts.”

(Guest article by Gale Newell)

4 thoughts on “Ghosts of America’s Past”

  1. This is a joke right? FDR was one of the most lawless president’s in US history, a communist through and through, and started the mass welfare state we have today. Other than that he treated his cat well when he was a boy (maybe)

  2. Yes Roosevelt was a scumbag and Lincoln was not much better. Both had a near complete disregard for the Constitution. Here is a short list of the formers crimes against our nation: stealing peoples gold, starting the social security ponzi scheme and withholding information from Kimmel and Short about the impending Pearl Harbor attack (so he could get us in to the war).

  3. I can’t believe that this is in ” The Most Important News “. FDR has the blood on his hands of those that died at Pearl Harbor.

  4. Basically this man faced the economic collapse of a country. How he handled that collapse and what he did to reverse it, what worked and what didn’t work, are all things our current bunch of politicians need to learn.
    For instance, he took the country from a 48-hour week down to a 40 hour week.
    That meant basically the work force had to do more in 40 hours. It also meant more people employed.
    The Social Security System gave a certain amount of security to the work force as they grew older. Everyone that worked had an income in their old age. That generated cash across the board for people to buy things.
    The assembly line was the villain here. It took away an entire generation of high paying jobs in skilled labor positions. In its place people with little skill could produce automobiles. And they did.
    The Unions were born. They gave common labor reasonably professional negotiations for working conditions and wages.
    ‘What he did do was produce the middle class as we have known it for many years.
    The dismantling of this middle class by corporations and industry in general has been an on-going battle ever since. Under Reagan they dismantled any justice that the labor board had in previous generations. I was there as a Chapel Chairman(Shop Steward). I watched automation do away with an entire generation of jobs. I watched decisions made by this board that were totally anti-labor.
    Under Clinton they signed trade agreements with foreign countries to dismantle the wage base. It worked.
    Bush is a history of shame all of its own.
    So now we have Democrat in the White House and a Republican Congress. It is only a matter of time before they pick the bones of labor over. Which they will do. They will put in “right to slave” labor law all over the country.
    If you want the country back, then all of these people in congress need to be under intense view as to what they are doing and why.
    People need to let them know that we are watching.
    IF you want to change things . . .
    Then put the country on a 35 hour week as full time employment.
    Make it economically inconvenient to send jobs overseas. Tax the hell out of them that do.
    Put government sponsored improvement of all our parks for those that want to work for a living.
    Dismantle the welfare system one block at a time. Make working for a living more convenient.
    We have a communist system in place in our welfare system right now. It is a shameful thing when a young single mother has to keep her income under a certain level in order for her child and herself to be covered so she can get medical help.
    That is the way our congress wrote it.
    If you want to see communists then look in your own backyard.

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