A History Lecture: Look to Reagan & FDR


I found this political cartoon on another blog I read. I thought it said a great deal about the paranoia and ignorance of many; however, it does speak to the heart and truth about some American  fear regarding President Obama. I do not know why some fear him except that he is different. And, people do have the right not to like him as president. That my friends is okay; I do not like Ronald Reagan much. What makes America great is that we allow diversity. It comes in race/ethnicity, thought, religion/sect/denomination, gender, education, and norms. Here are a few points about the above political cartoon:

1. Although Obama transcends race, there are people who fear him due to his race. Let us face it friends, people will use other reasons to justify not liking him besides the fact that he is black; however, I do think this number is not as substantial as some would or might think. Maybe I am naive.

2. Education. I have found that a great number of people (be it how many have I really spoken to) cannot relate or comprehend the true intellectual fervor of a person with his knowledge. Thus, I am sure he speaks above the level of some.

3. Muslim. Are you serious?

4. Communist. First of all, communism is anti-intellectual. If he promotes the Orwellian condition of a state being watched, then such a state already existed.

5. Brainwashed: People forget that Obama is not the first to do the t.v. to schools/essay suggestion. It was Ronald Reagan who did it back in the 80s. See here.

6. NAZI. Remember, this ideology is anti-black and anti-communism. He cannot be all three. They are in diametrical opposition of each other.

7. Antichrist. Are you serious? In Revelation 13:5-8, the antichrist is referred to as “the beast:” “Then the beast was allowed to speak great blasphemies against God. And he was given authority to do whatever he wanted for forty-two months. And he spoke terrible words of blasphemy against God, slandering his name and his dwelling—that is, those who dwell in heaven. And the beast was allowed to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them.

8. Socialism. Why is Obama one but not FDR? (see picture and comment)

In Obama’s The Audacity of Hope, he noted his philosophical contention by addressing his favor for FDR’s New Deal — the birth of American Socialism and the death of America’s puritanical notion of Rugged Individualism. FDR noted that a radical change in the American economy was needed in order to address the economic and social ill that emerged. Historically, such things may occur to offset a particular condition that was not broken, but one that needed a jump start. Hence the political term stimulus. Academics call it injection. Modern sociologists and economic theorist Max Weber wrote in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, that the entrepreneurial spirit and advancement of capitalism were directly linked to religion and not the material stages promulgated by Karl Marx. Funny, but again most people do not know that Marx did not wholly favor socialism. You see, folks, socialism was the opposite of communism (after stage development) — according to Marx. That is why his system failed; it was unrealistic and in many ways, criminal.

Going back to Weber’s thesis: it was the teachings of religious values and ideals that allowed capitalism to flourish. It was Republican president Herbert Hoover that first used this phraseology in his efforts to keep the American economy from emulating the socialist economies of Europe; in essence, he as well as the conservative nature of American society saw a BEST society as one that was extrapolated from the premise of the individual: Hard work allowed the formation and the spirit of a capitalistic democratic society to advance. Moreover, this state of order juxtaposed to Weber’s Thesis permited the moral and responsible behavior of a society.

Tension escalated well before the panic of 1929; America allowed rugged individualism and a conservatism to shape a culture with little remorse. Thanks to John Maynard Keynes’ Keynesian policy, the United States became a transformative state and permitted government injections (or stimulus) to move the economy. This gave birth to our modern economic system. Sure, it was Alexander Hamilton’s policies in the establishment of our economic system that created our current system; but in essence, the United States evolved into a hybrid state of capitalism and socialism. One does not function without the other.


3 thoughts on “A History Lecture: Look to Reagan & FDR

  1. I am paying casual attention to the fervor over Obama’s intention to address school children, and I’m thinking that the uproar is very telling. My theory is this; the people who are up in arms about their children being “exposed” to this speech are likely those who have decided that they hate Obama (for whatever reason). My thinking is that their fear is that their children will go to school and see this perfectly reasonable man forwarding a perfectly logical idea (hello?! Stay in school? NOT a new message, and one that can’t be argued by any rational person) and then come home and question their parents’ thinking. My experience with closed-minded people is that they do not appreciate their ideas being challenged, and CERTAINLY not by their own children.

    It makes me sad.

  2. mrs chili: I love it when you post a comment. I agree with you 100%. There are too many homes that have not fully organized their own thoughts.

  3. Eddie,
    The same points (exception the African- American issue) were made about George Bush several years ago. It humors me. It is not anti-intellectual behavior, nor is it racism. It is politics as usual. The Republicans want some of their seats back. To pontificate any further would be a waste of time.

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