Franklin Delano Roosevelt And Herbert Hoover

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The pragmatist Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the business elitist Herbert Hoover both believed they possessed the best remedy for America's depression. The issue of these former president's political spectrum standing has been throughly argued. Yet, it is quite obvious who possessed more liberal ideas, and wanted to change the government, versus more conservative ideas, and wished to keep the government the same. Though both Hoover and Roosevelt often exhibited ideas which reflected the opposite of their original standpoints, Hoover was primarily conservative, while Roosevelt was primarily liberal.The conservative republican, Herbert Hoover, believed in the lazze faire ideals of capitalism, ...view middle of the document...

Liberal democrat Franklin Roosevelt realized that his administration time was one of economic, social, and political desperation. Desperate times, according to Roosevelt need desperate measures to fix them, measures like his revolutionary New Deal. He realized that the Hoover administration of conservatism would do nothing for the people and said as much in his candidate speech in Pittsburgh. Though countered with the attacks of "Pinko" and "socialistic reform," Roosevelt believed that the lack of change would destroy the government, rather then his extreme ideals of reform as illustrated by his speech from 1936; "The most serious threat to our institutions comes. . those who refuse to face the need for change." Not only was Roosevelt's desire for change drastic, but he also wanted immediate change, something new to this era of the "Grand 'ole Party." In order to allow for the continuation of democracy within America, there was the need for immediate change, "We must act-NOW!" Another example of Roosevelt's liberal ideas of...

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