Alexander's Column

The FDR Model for Buying Presidential Elections

Redistributing Wealth and Entitlements for Votes

By Mark Alexander · Sep. 27, 2012
“A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” –Samuel Adams (1779)

In the conservative and business media, there is much perplexity and vexation over the inverse relationship between Barack Hussein Obama’s rising job approval ratings and our nation’s failing economic status. Yes, Leftmedia “Pollaganda” skewed political polls used as propaganda to prop up Obama, are a factor. But what mystifies some are the more reliable ratings which indicate Obama is increasing his lead over Romney.

Typifying that confusion is this missive from The Wall Street Journal: “The paradox of this presidential campaign is that the worse the economic news gets, the more Barack Obama seems to climb in the polls. The lousy unemployment numbers in May, June, July and August corresponded with a slight rise in Mr. Obama’s approval rating. Ditto with the abysmal poverty numbers released two weeks ago.”

It would follow then, that the latest economic data this week – median household income declining $4,520 (8.2 percent) since Obama took office, U.S. economic growth (GDP) declining to a meager 1.3 percent, and orders for durable goods (big-ticket items) declining by 13 percent last month, may actually increase Obama’s lead over the Romney-Ryan ticket.

However, given a little insight into human nature, there is nothing contradictory about Obama’s polling and the economic decline. The only thing that perplexes me about these popularity metrics is why anyone would be perplexed.


A majority of the voters who decide presidential elections – those in the murky middle between Republicans and Democrats – are experiencing significant distress about the future of their livelihoods. Thus, they are gravitating toward the more convincing promise of safety and security. In the context of the current presidential campaign, however defiant of logic, the “undecided” are being lured by the greatest of lies – that socialist statism will protect them.

Some erudite analysts suggest that the upcoming election will mirror the 1980 contest between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. However, unlike the Carter v. Reagan paradigm of the last great recession, when Ronald Reagan devoted his campaign to restoring the grassroots optimism necessary for reversing the crisis of confidence miring our economy in the mud, Romney is facing a much more menacing foe – an ideological socialist who is operating on the FDR paradigm.

In 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression, more than 20 percent of the workforce was idle. At that time, Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched a campaign against Republican Herbert Hoover that was built on the populist socialism themes that had spread like a blight over Eastern Europe. The key elements of that paradigm were classist disparity and wealth redistribution – precisely the themes Obama used during the precipitous economic decline of 2008 to defeat John McCain.

FDR, in his defense of Democratic Socialism, offered this dubious classist assertion: “Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle.” Of course, Roosevelt was paraphrasing the doctrine of Karl Marx, whose maxim declared, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”

FDR was able to implement far more of his statist New Deal solutions in his first four years than Obama – who has faced stiff opposition from the House of Representatives since Republicans retook the majority in 2010. But Obama, like FDR, is a master propagandist, and his populist socialist appeals resonate beyond the cadres of his state-dependent cult.

Some might argue that FDR had more fertile ground in which to plant his socialist seeds of dissension, but the fact is that real unemployment today is closing in on that of the Great Depression – 19 percent rather than the current 8.1 percent figure trotted out by Obama’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latter figure, which is much less alarming, simply ignores the millions of Americans who’ve given up looking for work and are thus no longer counted in the workforce, and millions more who are underemployed.

Fact is, everyone in America knows someone who has been adversely affected by our economic decline, and most Americans, regardless of political identification, are concerned about their ability to support themselves and their families. In such times of widespread economic distress, the innate tendency to gravitate toward perceived safety, toward even the fantasy of “Hope and Change” in order to move “Forward,” is very strong.

As Patrick Henry observed at the dawn of our nation, “It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth – and listen to the song of that siren, till she transforms us into beasts.”

Moreover, Obama has a propaganda tool FDR could not even imagine – the mass-Leftmedia conduit into the psyche of the American people, which he uses to dupe the ignorant into trading their votes for socialist entitlements from redistributed wealth.

FDR, in his second presidential campaign, had amassed a powerful coalition of Leftist protagonists that included leaders of urban political machines and unions, the intelligentsia and glitterati, and religious and ethnic minorities. His opponent was a Republican governor who had, in his tenure, embraced some of FDR’s statist policies, but who objected to the adverse impact those policies had on private enterprise, and the resulting accumulation of national debt and inherent government waste.

Does anything in that campaign contest sound familiar?

FDR won a historic landslide victory in 1936 – receiving almost 61 percent of the vote, and went on to win unprecedented third and fourth presidential terms. While the economic efficacy of his New Deal policies did little to restore the economy (the build up for World War II ended the Great Depression), the populist political efficacy of his socialist doctrines proved very effective during a time of pronounced economic decline.

So what is Mitt Romney to do?

I’m not suggesting that Romney can’t defeat Obama’s socialist propaganda, but in order to win this election, he can’t only rely on the 1980 political paradigm based on the question, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

Romney must exit the role of “diplomat” and assume the part of a warrior. He must articulate the threat to Liberty inherent in Obama’s ideology.

He must devote the remaining weeks of this election not only to the primacy of free enterprise over socialism, but to the greater cause of Liberty over tyranny. Paul Ryan gets it – but he is not at the top of the ticket.

Romney must go on the offensive and take the high ground.

For example, Romney wasted most of last week ducking and covering for his remarks about the fact that a large percentage of Obama’s electoral support is bought with redistributed wealth and entitlements. Romney should have instead noted that the Left was howling because they believe that ALL Americans are dependent on government – which is precisely what Obama himself recently proclaimed in his now-infamous assertion, “You didn’t build that. Somebody else [read: "government”] made that happen.“

Time is not on the side of Liberty. There is little distinction between Marxist Socialism, Nationalist Socialism and Democratic Socialism. Socialism irrevocably results in state tyranny, and another Obama term may prove the end of the Constitutional Republic established by our Founders and supported by generations of Patriots since.

Though our Constitution’s 22nd Amendment, if still applicable in 2016, may exclude Obama from seeking a third and fourth term, he has already laid the foundation in his first term for "fundamentally transforming the United States of America” into the ObamaNation Plantation. He only needs one more term of economic decline to ensure the systemic subjugation of the American people – at least until the next insurrection to restore Liberty.

Obama recently remarked, “The most important lesson I’ve learned is you can’t change Washington from the inside.” Those words may prove more prophetic than he intended.


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Ron Ellis in Dayton, Ohio said:

I think there are still a significant number of people with functioning brains that realize the socialistic promises of security are fantasy and will participate in a change in leadership in this election.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

Ron, yes, maybe 10% of the electorate understand the economics of it, the rest will vote on emotion.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

G K in Carlsbad said:

“Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay.” But that is what a flat tax rate would do does. Ten percent of $100,000 is ten times more than ten percent of $10,000. The only reason we have a complex tax system is give politicians power and control, and create government jobs.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

SammysDad in Virginia said:

Let the polls and the Obama water boys continue t say he's way out in front. The apathetic, ignorant, and stupid people will believe it and remain home. I know no Republican that would not vote just because a poll shows Romney behind. It only makes us more determine then ever to vote. Hail to those dummies, please stay home and drink your beer on November 6th.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

SD, no, with mail in and early voting Drats can easily get out their vote.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 5:55 PM

UGA67 in Herndon, VA replied:

''The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.'' -- Joseph Stalin

Friday, September 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Tom Hartnett in Ronkonkoma, NY said:

Romney should become our next President but he does not demonstrate the necessary "fire in the belly" to convince people to vote for him. Obama will be reelected with a subsequent violent unrest in this country to bring it back to the democratic republic the Founders had created, i.e. Obama will be removed from office by a violent act, by either domestic or foreign groups.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

Tom, Romney thought that he could waltz in on the bad economy and is as clueless as McCain when it comes to running against Obonga. We are nowhere near violent unrest, it will take much more than a bad economy to get there.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

David in Boston said:

I disagree with the idea that BHO is a consummate politician. Nothing could be farther from the truth. He is a straw man invented and covered by a partisan media. He is the poster child for affirmative action blended with the Peter Principle. Not only has his water been carried by everyone else BUT himself, he has been afforded every entitlement and forgiving media tactic possible as he has been promoted past his depth to perform.
If the Electoral College has not been corrupted, I predict a landslide in November that will eclipse Reagan's.
Time will tell.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:13 PM

The Texas Cooke in Lockhart, Texas said:

When the people rise up this time, it will NOT be in will be to stop the revolt.....the revolt to over-throw the U. S. Constitution....and Barry doesn't have a clue who he is messing with.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Ron B in Houston, Texas said:

The liberal media should broadcast from the Whitehouse as they are so in the tank for BO. However, the liberal media are trying to get voters for Romney discouraged and not vote. I feel that Romeny is going to win in a landslide, if not, this country is finished as a Constitutional Republic. These polls are so bogus for Obama that it is funny. Romney is up bigtime. Why would Obama buy a house in Hawaii for 2013 unless he knows he is going to lose.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

HorseTeethSam in Michigan said:

When Obama wins in November, I expect the 22nd amendment will go away by April. Although I will (and always have) vote conservative, I honestly don't believe we'll win. Our nation is terminally sick: the Marxist machine is too deeply embedded into our culture, our morals and our religion to be removed without killing the patient. We (as a country) should have been paying attention back in the 60s and 70s when these individuals were kids smoking dope and having free love in the streets. Now, they are integrated into our system and are the movers and shapers of our future. We have surrendered our nation voluntarily.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Mark in Texas replied:

Unfortunately – I agree with your assessment…

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Robert Grant, in SE AZ replied:

Uh Huh! I agree with your agreement. Tragic, but there it is in clear view in history.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 8:43 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

Horse, in my view the tipping point was in 1920 with the 19th Amendment and we went over the cliff in 1965 with unlimited third world immigration legislation. The “60s and 70s when these individuals were kids smoking dope and having free love in the streets” are a symptom, not a cause.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto replied:

You're too pessimistic. Keep your spirits up. The 22nd requires a 2/3 majority in congress and 3/4 of the states must ratify. We need to think rationally.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

Abu, the 22nd Amendment is not the problem, we know that it is unlikely to be repealed anytime soon. It is the other issues mentioned on this thread, which you ignore, that are the problem.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Ken Windeler in Hastings, Florida said:

If and only if the majority of Americans get off their lazy behinds and go vote, we will be able to hold the elected accountable.

As for Obama's polls, the reputable polls have this election about dead even. Obama being the incumbent has a 50/50 chance by default. We cannot change that, but we can ignore all the hyperbole and get everyone to vote right up to the last minute.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Jere Wineman in Columbus, Mississippi said:

I read, I listen to the multitude of ads, news persons, and now about what Romney should do to win. Why doesn't he just say"Forget what I paid in Taxes, forget about the rich paying more taxes. Let's just get more jobs with workers paying taxes, that aren't being paid now , and we will have our economy headed back in the right direction". Everyone should pay taxes on all money...earned or government supplied.... Time to listen to our founding fathers who evidently had a much better knowledge of how to run a country , Jere Wineman

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Richard N. Jones in Blanchard, OK said:

The largest common denominator in the economy is the price of DIESEL fuel.
Everything ships by diesel, truck, train, plane or ship. All freight

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Melvin W. Clayton in Independence, Kansas said:

I am 92 and remember the FDR years very well. The great national danger today is that the people are not informed or are poorly informed. We need an informed electorate and it doesn't exist in my opinion. Our schools teach little or nothing about our history or werkings of the government, and the mainstream media is in bed with socialism. I don't see an end to it.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Richard N. Jones in Blanchard, OK said:

The largest common denominater in or economy is DIESEL fuel.

WE use it to fuel trucks, planes, trains, and ships. It adds to the cost of everything we eat, wear or use. Mitt needs to use!

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Mark in Texas replied:


Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 4:52 PM

RADDAD in Atlanta said:

when selling real estate - location, location, location
when selling solutions - jobs, jobs, jobs - due to an increased platform of optimism, lowered corporate (LLS and sub S) taxes, less govt intervention,
assure the elderly that medicare is solid for them !! Assure the younger workers that social security will be modified and will work for them !!!
The entitled need to work to receive. Govt paid abortions END !!!
Muslimism is NOT a preferred religion. A hate crime is NOT speaking the TRUTH. And a lying govt will NOT be tolerated. A video caused the death of an ambassador and marines - this is what the Obama Administration fed us as the reson, when they knew that it was a terrorrist attack, and even had prior warnings. Osama is dead, so AlQieda is defeated. WHAT A CROCK !!!!!!]
Get this Bum and his croonies OUT, or this country may never recover !!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM

N. Schulze in Florida said:

Finally, someone has hit the nail on the head. Add to it that the Obama machine is pouring on micro-targeting social technology that makes 2008 look like kindergarten - once again leaving the right in the technological dust.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM