Typically, when one asks a Democrat about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, they immediately develop a sense of awe and genuflect as if he came down from heaven to lead the United States. It’s hard to understand the reverence for FDR, he never helped the economy, was a bigot who put Americans of Japanese descent into camps and was an anti-Semite who doomed at least 200,000 Jews to die at the hands of Hitler’s “Final Solution.”
While other modern presidents may have been bigoted, none acted on their bigotry as much as FDR (Woodrow Wilson and Barack Obama fight for #2). Liberals will claim that FDR had many Jews in his cabinet which is true, but it doesn’t mitigate his bigoted actions.
Granted Roosevelt gets points for picking great Generals and led this country to victory in WWII. But he made the great depression longe, in 1937 his economic programs made unemployment spiked again reaching 19% (the previous high was 25%), his freedom-sapping policies never did get this country out of the Great Depression, and he tried to circumvent constitutional by packing the supreme court.
Then there’s the issue rarely discussed, he was a bigot and not only to Japanese citizens of the US. FDR’s hatred of Jews caused hundreds of thousands to be added to the ranks of Hitler’s victims. The new proof of FDR’s hatred was revealed this week. The FDR released documents revealing “Project M” Roosevelt’s plan to thinly spread remains of European Jewry throughout the world. If the JEW were spread thin they couldn’t do damage or incite hatred.
The motivation for the project wasn’t that Roosevelt didn’t know the best place to settle the Jewish refugees, he just didn’t want them in the United States.
In the book “FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith,” historian Rafael Medoff suggests that Roosevelt failed to take relatively simple measures that would have saved significant numbers of Jews during the Holocaust because his vision for America was one that had a small number of Jews. In other words, FDR doomed many Jew to suffer not because he wanted them to die, but because he didn’t want a lot of them living in his neighborhood.
In a piece for the Brandies Center, Medoff shared some of the hateful/public anti-Semitic statements Roosevelt made when he let his guard down:
In 1923, as a member of the Harvard board of directors, Roosevelt decided there were too many Jewish students at the college and helped institute a quota to limit the number admitted. In 1941, he remarked at a Cabinet meeting that there were too many Jews among federal employees in Oregon.
In 1938, he privately suggested that Jews in Poland were dominating the economy and were, therefore, to blame for provoking anti-Semitism there. In 1941, he remarked at a Cabinet meeting that there were too many Jews among federal employees in Oregon. In 1943, he told government officials in Allied-liberated North Africa that the number of local Jews in various professions “should be definitely limited” so as to “eliminate the specific and understandable complaints which the Germans bore towards the Jews in Germany.”