A President’s Goodwill

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WashingtonFranklin Delano Roosevelt or FDR was the 32nd President of the United States (1933 -1945) and the only one elected to more than two terms.  His theme song during his 1932 election campaign was “Happy Days Are Here Again,” a sharp contrast to the worldwide economic depression that was currently in full force.

As I look forward to a New Year of unknown outcomes, I think of FDR at the beginning of his first term.  Did he know that he would lead his country through a horrific world war?  Did he see an end to the suffering caused by the Great Depression? History records his accomplishments:  a New Deal Coalition that realigned the political landscape after 1932, domestic policies that introduced a variety of programs designed to produce relief, recovery and reform, international policies that fostered cooperation, and supported the United Nations and Bretton Woods.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the personification of goodwill.  May we remember his legacy as we enter a New Year…

“We are trying to construct a more inclusive society.  We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.”

“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all people, of all kind, to live together, in the same world at peace.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt