Letter: In defense of FDR

April 10, 2014 

David Bergland's letter calling FDR a fascist ("Columnist in error," April 4) nearly made me spray my coffee. I didn't know whether to laugh or swear. I immediately remembered Abraham Lincoln's remark, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt." Finding definitions of capitalism or fascism that suit one's predilection regardless of their applicability to truth may convince a few, but a quick search of the Internet will turn up multiple definitions to the contrary. And then you're just another fellow with too much time on his hands living in the "what if"dimension.

In his In Focus column on March 30, Mark Mansperger's reference to Keynesian economics was refuting supply side arguments. God knows American capitalism isn't pure anything, but rather a Frankenstein's monster cobbled together by laws that benefit the wealthy and work to strangle competition. One can't enthusiastically endorse it. But if Bergland wants readers to seriously consider his recommendations, he should stay away from extreme hyperbole.

FDR said, "Fascism (is) ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any other controlling private power." It took leadership, not elitism, to pass Social Security and other programs that benefit the greatest number of Americans

Mister, we could use a man like FDR again.

MIMI LATTA, Richland

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