Trump and Roosevelt - Clittary Hilton
Nov. 16th, 2016
12:29 pm - Trump and Roosevelt
There is an uncanny similarity between the two presidents.
Both were elected with an overwhelming mandate from much the same constituency (the working class). The cataclysmic mandate was to fix the economy using (very different but) equally harebrained schemes.
Another similarity is their willingness to ally themselves with one devil to defeat another. Needless to say the alliance with Stalin did not play out too well, as we are still mired in the world order that fateful alliance had established. It is very much needed to say that alliance with Putin will not pay well either, hopefully with less apocalyptic results.
Both Trump and Roosevelt are arguably the most consequential presidents in the US history. Both have molded (will mold) the Supreme Court for generations to come. Not without shenanigans in FDR case (remains to be seen for DJT). Both excite passion from supporters as well as detractors. It is no longer relevant whether Harry Hopkins was a Soviet spy, but the matter will be passionately argued forever. A similar irrelevant argument will likely boil over one or another confidant of Trump, the history is yet to decide who.
Laws of nature admit evolution backward in time on equal footing and physicists are wondering why we cannot remember the future or make plans for the past. This mysterious asymmetry between the past and the future favors our assessment of Trump who still holds a chance to become a great president. If this is too much to expect, let us then hope Donald does not do as much harm to the republic as Franklin did.