Tag: FDR

Black History Month: Jesse Owens


You will be changed, seeing this story. The great Jesse Owens was a champion in the Olympics and championed friendship with a competitor for a lifetime. And do not miss the afterword with little-seen pictures. (Two-minute read and video.)

The 1936 Olympics was held in Germany. Adolf Hitler was in power. To Hitler, the Olympics were to be a statement about the supremacy of the so-called Aryan race. Every other ethnicity was inferior. But Jesse Owens, of African ancestry, won four gold medals at the 1936 games. Owens beat some of Hitler’s greatest athletes.

Much could be said about Jesse Owens’s great skill as an athlete. But there is a deeper story, a human story, the friendship between Jesse Owens and Luz Long, a German long jumper. Long and Owens cemented a lifelong friendship in a matter of days. Wonderful pictures exist of Owens and Luz talking or walking together arm in arm. As Owens said of Long,

Freedom from Fear


“Freedom from Fear” was one of Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms.” This, and the other three: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship and Freedom from Want, was FDR’s way to redefine American rights from the negative, i.e., the restraints that are put on the government, to the positive, meaning things that the government was required to provide to you.

If anything, the last eighteen months have proven is that the government sees no upside in a population free from fear. Along with their allies in the media, our government (and governments all around the world) have been stoking fear and creating a populace more desperate for safety than liberty.

Autumn Colors: The Color of Law, an in-depth review


When people are free to associate as they please, we can’t be surprised if they sometimes self-segregate. People self-sort along many affinities, including ethnic affinities. This is what lawyers call de facto segregation, and it’s none of the law’s business. De jure segregation — segregation imposed by law, including segregation promoted by public policy — is, on the other hand, very much the law’s business.

In 1866, Congress passed a Civil Rights Act (the 1866 CRA) asserting the equal rights of blacks before the law, including property rights, and real-estate rights in particular. The 1866 CRA warned

QotD: Ol’ Beaky on Fear


The only thing I am afraid of is fear.—Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, 3 November 1831

Fifty years before FDR was even a gleam in his daddy’s eye, a much greater light wrote down a thought that shows a true understanding of fear.

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I was behind a Sanders supporter for a while during my commute today. Two Sanders bumper stickers, two ‘I love science’ type stickers, and an ‘Old School Progressive’ with FDR’s face sticker. I’ve wondered if Leftists revere FDR as much as conservatives revere Reagan or does the appearance that history seems to begin the day […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for April 25, 2018. It’s the White Social Status edition of the program, with nano-physicist Mike Stopa coming to us from his new home in California (is he shifting yet on immigration?) and Todd connecting from Connecticut, where he hosts a daily talk show on WTIC in Hartford.

Our two topics this week:

If Past Presidents Had Twitter


I am neither condoning nor defending Trump’s tweets, nor Obama’s. For good or ill, I suppose they’re just a sign of the times. But then I don’t use Twitter for any reason, and am thus saved having to care. That being said, I do wonder how past presidents might have comported themselves on their own tweets.

I am certain FDR would have made full use of the medium, though the thought of fireside tweets is itself very amusing. Not sure that Truman would have been enamored of it, and I can say with some certainty that Ike would have loathed it. JFK though? Now that bears some thought, and I’m guessing he would have been a frequent tweeter. LBJ’s tweets I am guessing would have been artistically vulgar, and Nixon’s would have struck fear in many. Ford’s likely would have been a tad clumsy, and Carter’s would have been sermonizing and depressing. Reagan would have made tweeting an art form. GHW Bush, or so I would guess, would have been uninspiring but reliably anodyne. Bill Clinton’s would have been focus-group tested for maximum appeal, and so would shift as with the winds while not saying anything concrete at all.

Let’s see how we can imagine if past presidents would have had Twitter at their disposal, and see how their some of their quotes would fly today as Tweets.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America groan as Rush Limbaugh says Donald Trump’s trillion dollar infrastructure bill could be a big success – just like FDR.  They also get a kick out of Democrats getting really excited over the prospect of a 78-year-old Joe Biden running for president in 2020.  And Jim unloads on a “faithless elector” from Texas, who says he cannot cast a vote for Trump.

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The author David Pietrusza will be talking about his book 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR: Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny at the Wallace Center at the FDR Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY, on Wednesday, October 7, at 7pm. That’s only about a half hour from me. Not sure I’ll […]

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Never mind calling the ayatollah, greenlighting Keystone XL, or repealing Obamacare, he should: Reinstate executive orders prohibiting abortions in federal facilities, pending legislation. Rename Mt. Denali back to Mt. McKinley, pending legislation renaming it to Denali and renaming the surrounding park McKinley. In Roosevelt park in Washington, D.C., give the statue of FDR back its cigarette holder. What […]

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