FDR, Lincoln ... and a Disturbing Supposition Regarding Barack Obama
by Anthony Wile
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Here's a new
dominant social theme: US presidents are good and they ought to
be in movies.
it helps if you are a socialist leader and make maximum use of the
awesome power of Leviathan. The two presidents currently being lionized
surprise, surprise are Franklin Delano Roosevelt and
over the initial, massive expansion of the welfare state
the same one that has brought the US some US$200 trillion in payables
and will eventually spell the end of the US as a going concern.
Lincoln paved the way for the activist leader Roosevelt by insisting
that the Union was indivisible and doing his part to murder or otherwise
maim about a million people to prove it.
that portray these leaders don't provide us with this stark
if historically realistic point of view, of course. The bloody-minded
decisions and subsequent ramifications are presented as historical
These are sympathetic
portrayals and it is hard not to come to the conclusion that once
again Hollywood is sending us a message about the Way the World
Works, and US power politics especially. More on that in a moment.
we are to walk away from these movies believing US presidents are
bold visionaries who are willing to move their often warlike policies
forward for the "greater good." And there is certainly
an audience for this sort of perspective. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"
was just released and has already taken in more than US$13 million.
There is another
movie out there on Lincoln that attracted a good deal of attention,
as it featured Lincoln as a vampire killer. This isn't strictly
speaking a biopic but it is surely a kind of hagiography.
about Franklin Delano Roosevelt are currently being distributed.
The one that hasn't got much attention is called "FDR, American
Badass." It is described by Wikipedia as "a slapstick
comedy that has the 32nd President of the United States riding a
'wheelchair of death' to stop the world from werewolves who carry
the polio virus, including werewolf versions of Hitler, Mussolini,
and Emperor Hirohito."
FDR film just released is called "Hyde Park on
Hudson." It's about a social event hosted by President Franklin
Delano Roosevelt (at his country home) for the King and Queen of
England. The tension of the movie is in part derived from the mission
of the Royals, who seek support for the war against Germany that
had just started.
The movie seeks
to portray FDR as a sly and charming mastermind who understands
that the Royals need to be humanized if they are to win over the
US populace. By feeding them hot dogs and otherwise presenting the
weekend with the Royals as an informal event, Roosevelt presented
the King and Queen of England as "just folks" who needed
help facing the juggernaut of the German military machine.
the movie implies, was the initial turning point in what was to
become World War II. An incident little-noted by historians, this
weekend of entertainment provided by FDR would generate enough US
public sympathy for England to allow Roosevelt to begin the process
of entering the war on England's side.
Roosevelt's masterful public relations manipulation was aided by
the same media that protected his image by refusing to photograph
or otherwise portray him below the waist throughout his three terms.
Roosevelt was paralyzed as the result of what was once considered
the effects of polio but is now thought to have been Guillain-Barré
The media was
also complicit in covering up Roosevelt's extramarital dalliances
as well as his wife's apparent Sapphic ones. One of the titillating
aspects of "Hyde Park on Hudson" is centered around Roosevelt's
complicated sex life and many mistresses.
played by the famous comic actor Bill Murray and "Hyde Park
on Hudson" is supposed to do for FDR what he intended to do
for the King and Queen of England humanize them and introduce
them to a US audience that did not have a great deal of familiarity
with them. The New York Post's Lou Lumenick reviewed the
movie sympathetically as follows:
Half as long
and twice as much fun as the self-important "Lincoln,' Roger
Michell's charming sex-and-politics comedy "Hyde Park on
Hudson' is basically a frothy tabloid take on presidential history.
And for my money, that's a good thing in a season filled with
puffed-up prestige pictures.
by a thoroughly delightful performance by Bill Murray, the film
shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrestling with two problems
as World War II looms in the spring of 1939.
The far weightier
one is considerable sentiment against Great Britain by an American
public that fears our World War I ally will drag the US into another
costly worldwide conflict one the president knows is absolutely
necessary to stop Adolf Hitler ...
us this was one of the biggest public relations coups of FDR's
career, convincing the American people that the English were "like
us' and deserving of support when World War II erupted just two
The big problem
with this review is that its premise is faulty. Today, we know that
much of Hitler's military buildup and indeed his rise to power was
supported by same Western financial forces that are today pursuing
"the war on terror" and apparently for much the same reasons.
Thanks to what
we call the Internet Reformation, we can see the scope of history
more fully. The information is finally available. It seems to show
us that the real reason both the first and second world wars were
fought was in part to generate global governance, a process that
remains underway today.
And we can
see that after every large war, the West lost considerable freedoms.
Under Lincoln, the free press was suspended, politicians and journalists
who opposed the war were jailed. The result of an exceptionally
bloody war was that states could not secede without facing military
retaliation. History shows us that once a regime is emplaced by
force, empire (of a sort) is inevitable and then, eventually, a
This is certainly
the process that is underway in the US and Europe, too, where
an EU empire is a-building ... and tottering. The two US presidents
most responsible for the current US empire are Lincoln and Roosevelt.
(One could make a case for Woodrow Wilson, as well, but he was not
as charismatic, it would seem.)
of elite dominant social themes, we long ago came to the conclusion
that social and media trends are often deliberate rather than coincidental.
The spate of movies portraying activist and warlike US presidents
in a sympathetic light may well be intended to set a certain tone.
If so, this
is a disturbing supposition. It would seem to be indicating that
something is to unfold in President Barack Obama's second term that
may replicate some of the same sort of events that took place under
FDR and Lincoln.
events are to be is not yet clear. But it is a most disturbing supposition.
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