"Those newspapers of ..." Quote of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Those newspapers of the nation which most loudly cried dictatorship against me would have been the first to justify the beginnings of dictatorship by somebody else.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. letter, Nov. 13, 1940, to Samuel I. Rosenman. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 338, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952). In this letter to one of his speech writers, FDR noted that there were many in the Republican ranks who spoke during the campaign of 1940 in favor of appeasing Hitler and who spoke of using force to create conformity to their wishes in the U.S.