Who was he: Everyone knows the approved Roosevelt history which places him, along with Lincoln and Wilson, among the three greatest American presidents. After all, he led us through the Great Depression and to victory in World War II despite great personal adversity of a bad marriage and paralysis from polio. But the truth is somewhat different.
Roosevelt was truly concerned about the growing power and success of Hitler's economic agenda designed to rearm Germany and bring it out of the Depression. This may be why most of the New Deal programs were national socialist or fascist programs repackaged for the United States. Quoting Roosevelt regarding Mussolini, "I don't mind telling you in confidence that I am keeping close touch with that admirable Italian gentleman."
Although a few programs were somewhat successful at creating jobs, like the Civilian Conservation Corps that provided a way for the unemployed to contribute to US infrastructure and parks, most were a total failure in the United States. The war preparations and World War II effectively ended the long Depression, which could have been quickly solved by free-market solutions. Sadly, today our big government at home, the national debt and Washington Empire abroad are the real legacies we have from Franklin Roosevelt.
After 1939 and the German invasion of Poland, Roosevelt promised peace but used every opportunity to prepare for war. Although concerned about a possible German victory, his main drive for war was against Japan, as its ongoing war in China was destroying the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests that backed Roosevelt. However, there was no way Congress would support a war for oil. Unlike today, a declaration of war was required for military action at that time, and this simply was not possible without a real or fabricated incident. Hence, Rockefeller and the Anglo-American interests needed to get Japan to attack first. If the US therefore shut off 95 percent of oil and scrap metal exports to Japan, it would be required to either withdraw from China or attack the United States. The rest is history.
What is interesting about Roosevelt is that he well understood the Anglosphere's domination and control of the United States because his family was a minor player in the mafia-like system. Franklin Roosevelt described the wealthy elite control as follows: "The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the US since the days of Andrew Jackson."
Another FDR quote: "For too many of us the political equality we once had won was meaningless in the face of economic inequality. A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people's property, other people's money, other people's labor — other people's lives. For too many of us life was no longer free; liberty no longer real; men could no longer follow the pursuit of happiness."
Sadly, although Franklin Roosevelt understood the problem he chose to work with this "small group" for political and personal gain. Millions died during the war and tens of millions were enslaved afterward by the Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe.
Background: Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, New York into a family of wealth and privilege with major financial interests in railroads. But most of the real family wealth had been made earlier by Roosevelt's grandfather, Delano, in the opium trade in China. The China trade and resources of another kind of "oil" would in turn dominate the later President Roosevelt's determination to create a war with Japan.
Franklin Roosevelt attended the Groton School in Massachusetts where 90 percent of the students were from elite families on the social register. After graduation from high school he attended Harvard College where he was a "C" student but because of family connections served as editor-in-chief of the college daily newspaper, The Harvard Crimson.
Roosevelt later graduated law school and was admitted to the New York bar. In 1910 Roosevelt was elected to the New York state senate and in 1913 was appointed by President Wilson as assistant secretary of the US Navy. In 1920 he ran on the Democratic Party ticket as the vice presidential nominee but lost to the Republican Hardin ticket. Then in 1921 while at Campobello he contracted polio and spent the rest of his life secretly paralyzed, mostly in a wheelchair.
Roosevelt won the Democratic nomination for president in 1932 and his advisors and the media establishment ran an excellent campaign that brought hope for change to an economically depressed and discouraged nation, much like Obama in 2008. Roosevelt overwhelmingly defeated Hoover and began his New Deal program, copied from Mussolini and Hitler but with very limited results.
Roosevelt had trusted Stalin and only late in the War realized the ultimate costs of his decisions. First, there was the Unconditional Surrender war goal declared in 1943 at the urging of Harry Hopkins. Hopkins actually lived in the White House and was an alleged communist contact, called "the Rasputin of the White House" by some in Congress. This demand guaranteed Soviet communist control over half of Europe at the end of the War with almost 100 million people locked away behind the Iron Curtain. In addition, this insane policy strengthened German and Japanese resistance and destroyed attempts at peace as early as 1943. The result was millions of additional civilian deaths by air raids, firebombing and atomic bomb attacks as well as adding millions of deaths to the holocaust total due to the "final solution," illness and starvation. Many experts believe this added at least 18 months to 2 years to the War.
It is impossible to know for certain but some historians believe that on April 12, 1945, in declining health and probably with terminal cancer, Franklin Roosevelt killed himself. His illness had been hidden from the American public due to the war time conditions and 12-year term of office but he may well have committed suicide in Warm Springs, Georgia rather than having suffered the deadly stroke officially announced; this would explain the reason for the closed casket at his service.
Some would say that Franklin Roosevelt's possible suicide on April 12, 1945 and Hitler's alleged suicide on April 30th, 1945 were appropriate acts for two politicians who had brought so much death and destruction to the world. Both men were funded and supported at least partially by the same Anglosphere power elite in order to control resources, generate war and armament profits and government debts to favor the Anglo-American bankers who prosper and benefit from all wars. Immediately at the end of the War, with Soviet victory assured, a new arms race and confrontation began that only ended with the collapse of the Eastern Block and the Soviet Union.