Mar

18

 I found this article someone sent me ("The Forgotten Tyrant: Franklin D. Roosevelt") terribly sad. There are many, many things to criticize Roosevelt for, both as Commander-in-Chief and as leader of the one-party state that was the United States during the 1930s. But, the internment of Japanese-Americans is not one of them. The California delegation, led by its Attorney-General Earl Warren (a Republican!!!!), lobbied Roosevelt to intern the Japanese-Americans; Roosevelt gave in to their demands in the name of bi-partisanship. Warren was appropriately contrite after the fact; but that is typical "great man" B.S. He — and the majority of Californian Republicans — thought it was a grand idea. It is the reason, even now, that people of Japanese ancestry will never vote for Republican candidates in California, unless they are themselves Japanese-American.


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  1. AdamBlacksburg on March 19, 2013 11:39 am

    Hey thanks for linking to my blog! I didn’t write this particular article, but I must disagree with your 2 cents, and offer my own.

    I hardly think that because it was not FDR’s idea to intern the Japanese Americans, that he is any less deserving of the responsibility for it. After all it was an “Executive” Order which he signed into law and he was Chief Executive. I can appreciate the fact that there were other evil forces at work here, but that does not make FDR and more admirable in his actions.

  2. Anonymous on March 19, 2013 11:57 am

    The authority was with Roosevelt. Just because he let other people influence how he used that authority does not change the fact he was responsible.

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