Criticism of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Criticism Of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Criticism of Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Both during and after his terms, and continuing today, there has been much criticism of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Critics have questioned not only his policies and positions, but also the general consolidation of power that occurred due to his responses to the crises of the Depression and World War II. Also controversial was the unprecedented length of his tenure as President.

By the middle of his second term, much criticism of Roosevelt centered on fears that he was heading toward a dictatorship, by attempting to seize control of the Supreme Court in the Court-packing incident of 1937, attempting to eliminate dissent within the Democratic party in the South during the 1938 elections, and by breaking the tradition established by George Washington of not seeking a third term when he again ran for re-election in 1940. As two historians explain, "In 1940, with the two-term issue as a weapon, anti-New Dealers... argued that the time had come to disarm the "dictator" and to dismantle the machinery." Herbert S. Parmet and Marie B. Hecht. Never Again: A President Runs for a Third Term (1968) page x. These criticisms largely ended after the Attack on Pearl Harbor.

Criticism of the New Deal and of tax policy

Roosevelt was strongly criticized for his economic policies, especially the shift in tone from individualism to collectivism with the dramatic expansion of the welfare state and regulation of the economy. Those criticisms remained strong...
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