THE PRESIDENCY: Bullets, also Ballots


"We are engaged in an all-out war to keep democracy alive. Democracy survives through the courage and fortitude and wisdom of many generations of fighting Americans. And that includes not only bullets but also ballots."

With these not particularly original words, Franklin Roosevelt urged all U.S. voters to go to the polls this week in the first national election of World War II. Then he packed his bags and was off for Hyde Park to add example to precept. After some playful banter at his press conference, he allowed that...

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