An Interesting Era—Part 2
My reason for a refresher of past history is for the readers to recognize the similarities of today’s dilemma with the past.
Backing up a little from the description of the corporate take over of the economy by the large corporations in my last blog a little more history will make it more feasible.
We were in a deep depression with tent cities, soup lines, and thousands lining up for 3 or 4 jobs. With the German invasion of Poland in 1939 and the peace time draft, it all changed. By magic the depression was over. War was our deliverance from the greed of capitalist barons.
The New Deal had created jobs for millions of Americans, but there were still ten- eleven million walking the streets in despairing conditions. Our huge industrial machine, after receiving many benefits from the government, shifted gears and turned plowshares into swords. In the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dr. New Deal was replaced by Dr Win The War. Prosperity came and everyone had a good time except for the 400,000 who lost their lives in the inevitable war.
It was claimed that if Roosevelt would have left office in 1941 we would have had an unemployment rate in excess of 15% and an economic recovery that would have failed without the wars in Europe and Japan.
Before Roosevelt’s third term election he promised neutrality, but secretly sent observers and advisors to Britain and France to prepare the way for U.S intervention. He was on friendly terms with Churchill and gave him three destroyers and initiated a lend lease program to supply the allies with military equipment as Britain didn’t have the money to pay for military supplies.
This was enough for Germany and Italy to declare war and we retaliated by declaring war on them. Contrary to the beliefs, 88% of Americans were opposed to the war as still had memories of the foolish WW1; the war to end all wars.
When the peace time draft of men between 21—35 was passed Roosevelt promised parents that draftees would never be sent to fight foreign wars. To motivate the public for war there must be a bogyman. Bogymen are used to crate fear to justify war, such as the Kaiser, communists, Osama, Saddam. Hitler was the bogyman of this era.
I’m not going to go into the war with its racism towards Jews, Blacks and Japanese, but will give you sources for this information. Eleanor Roosevelt disagreement with a bigoted Southerner Breckinridge Long, head of the State Department, over admitting Jewish refugees.,
There were so many interesting people and events during the period: Prohibition, Famous Bank Robbers and life and events in the White House, but I have probably gone past the readers attention span on this subject. Although this is history with many similarities of politicians and public control today, I will move on.