Status quo Dems: Open borders, appeasing tyrants dates to FDR

FDR with NY mayor James Walker

NY mayor James Walker (left) with Franklin D. Roosevelt who became governor of New York before serving as president. Walker resigned in 1932 amid a scandal involving corruption and graft. Both men were Democrats. (Photo: Bain News Service; US Library of Congress)

Franklin D. Roosevelt remains popular among academics who view him through a rosy lens. FDR is long dead, but his policies still guide Democrats in a perpetual status quo.

For instance, the open geographic borders the US maintains today were part of the collectivist president’s goals as early as 1936. Speaking in Chautauqua, New York, FDR set out to defend his policy of non-intervention in Europe’s war. He explained his commitment to “peace and to neighborly economic and social friendship…throughout the Americas.” 

He praised the open border between the US and Canada:

“3,000 miles of friendship with no barbed wire, no gun or soldier, and no passport on the whole frontier.”

FDR sought a similar model for the US southern border, aiming “to extend the same sort of mutual trust throughout the Americas.”

The Democrat whose health woes were deliberately hidden from the public also set the stage for the communist ascendancy in Cuba:

“We have abandoned the Platt Amendment which gave us the right to intervene in the internal affairs of the Republic of Cuba…”

In 1933, FDR also granted official diplomatic recognition to the Soviet Union despite a tyrant’s reign that caused millions to die.

In his speech, FDR defended the US’ right to stay out of World War II. He said:

“We shun political commitments which might entangle us in foreign wars; we avoid connection with the political activities of the League of Nations; but I am glad to say that we have cooperated whole-heartedly in the social and humanitarian work at Geneva. Thus we are a part of the world effort to control traffic in narcotics, to improve international health, to help child welfare, to eliminate double taxation and to better working conditions and laboring hours throughout the world.”

Obviously, much of what FDR said amounted to empty rhetoric. By the end of 1941, the US was at war. By 2001, a longstanding conflict reared its head again as Islamist terrorists attacked the US. FDR had cited, “A dark old world…devastated by wars between conflicting religions” in his speech.

Segue to present day US. The borders are wide open and national security is vulnerable.

Collectivism has not stamped out poverty. Traffic in narcotics has exploded (see the open borders for more on that). Child welfare? Go to Chicago and have a look at that Democrat stronghold where children are gunned down by gang members.

For all the talk of “hope and change” beginning in 2008 when a biracial US president took office, there’s been little change in the human condition.

It’s worth noting that the president who blessed Stalin and communism did so in the aftermath of Vladimir Lenin’s rule in Russia. Lenin’s goal wasn’t just communism for his homeland. He wanted a world revolution. Should the US make the mistake of embracing Bernie Sanders’ socialist policies or Hillary Clinton’s socialist-lite agenda, Lenin’s dream will be one step closer to reality.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 3, 2016)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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