FDR Threatened to Impose Dictatorship

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration speech in 1933 is now most remembered for the line, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” At the time, however, this newsreel did not even include that line. Instead, it highlights Roosevelt’s not so subtle threat to seize emergency powers if Congress does not submit to his plans.

David T. Beito is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, retired professor of history at the University of Alabama, and author of The New Deal’s War on the Bill of Rights: The Untold Story of FDR’s Concentration Camps, Censorship, and Mass Surveillance.
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