Theodore Rex

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Dennis Zuo American Government Mrs.Geovanis December 4, 2006 Legacy out of Ash and Fire The great Napoleon Bonaparte once said “Wherever wood can swim, there I am sure to find this flag of England.” His sarcasm acutely remarked the broad influence of the British Empire, yet he could not foresee the drastic change of the tide of history. Two hundred and thirty years have passed since the first signing of the Declaration of Independence; and that once trifling and babbling group of the oppressed colonies has grown from a tiny dormant seed to the gigantic banyan of the United States of America, whose root and branches cover over half of the world. Among all the elements that we can use to attribute this country’s prominence to, great leadership throughout this country’s brief history seems extraordinarily vital. In the searching of the exalted minds that lead this country to her dream, Franklin Delano Roosevelt stands out with his inimitable record and his tremendous accomplishment. His inner mastery not only conquered the pain brought by his Guillain-Barré syndrome* [Goldman, AS et al , What was the cause of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's paralytic illness? . J Med Biogr. 11: 232-240 (2003)], but also overcame the obstacles posed in front of the American people; his central, compelling accusation upon the self-interest basis of capitalism enlightened the impoverished nation to face its own economic deficiency; his capacity to persuade not only restored confidence back to the panic-stricken American people during the Great Depression, but also
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abolished the political aloofness of United States despite the overwhelming sense of isolationism; never before that a president could “manipulate” the adversative media and the cantankerous Congress to such an extent so that a president may integrate his iron will into our democratic system in order to save the nation from peril; his “First 100 Days” [Alter, Jonathan. "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope" (2006)] injected new energy into the bleached American economy; and after all, when victory seems so close that we could hear her whispering, Roosevelt handed the power back to the people and left this world with the real “peace in our time”. Therefore, should we value Roosevelt’s contribution to this country, he will certainly deserve nothing less than the honorable title of the Greatest American President in the modern era. Paralyzed on a chair for almost twenty years, Roosevelt did not bow to the treacherous fate; he used his inner mastery to distinguish the spirit that America so desperately needed. When he was inaugurated in March, 1933, the first task he had to face was to relieve the country from a completely collapsed economy that currency exchange became stagnant; Industrial production had fallen by more than half since 1929; Farmers were forced to burn their crop as prices fell by 60% [ Historical Stats. U.S.
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