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Lessons from FDR

By Remy Benoit

From MSNBC and Jonathan Alter What FDR Teaches Us Long Shadow: A new book relives his first 100 days. Have a look, Mr. President.

Jonathan Alter The Defining Moment : FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.

Interesting...Hope, not fear.

"This is pre-eminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So first of all let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear. . .is fear itself. . . nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." FDR Inaugural Speech.

From FDR The "Four Freedoms".


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