Question of trolling aside, there is a deplorable tendency for some of our friends to pull their debating points out of out of date editorials. As far as FDR is concerned, my father never uttered his name in my hearing. He was always called “That Man.”
Two points have to be conceded, it seems to me. First, FDR came to office at a time that there was a very real possibility that this country, like much of Western Europe, would slide into anarchy and perpetual economic disaster. While he may not have ended the depression, his leadership did stave off a looming catastrophe. He did persuade the vast mass of people who had been kicked in the teeth by a failed economy and a government that was unwilling to act that his administration was at least trying to do something to improve their lot.
Second, FDR saw that the containment of the Japanese Empire and the and the suppression of European Fascism was critical to the security of the US, at a time when many opinion makers were committed to isolationism or saw a fascist regime, or a socialist regime as an answer to America’s problems.
As much as FDR and his administration fell short of perfection and ideological purity, it seems to me that this would have been a very different country without him and that this is a better country for his having been President during a period that was as perilous as was the time of the Civil War.