FDR’s House

The Democratic National Convention is in full swing, so we turn to the words of a famous Democrat, set in stone at his D.C. memorial.

Franklin D. Roosevelt's House

It’s easy to forget our elected officials work for us. We hold them in high esteem, and rightly so. But this is a republic, not a monarchy or a dictatorship. We fought a war to establish that and several more wars to keep it that way.

Ours is a government for the people, by the people. And the President—Republican, Democrat, or other—lives in our house.

FDR quote from memorial

as seen at FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Why did Franklin Roosevelt say this? How do we preserve or ignore this idea today?

It appears I’m not the only one thinking about Roosevelt this week. Catch one of my favorite columnists Ross Douthat’s NYT post Franklin Delano Romney.

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  1. Excellent thought. When Dakotapastor was serving at his first church we lived in a parsonage, a home specifically owned by the church. Because of that, I treated hospitality differently. I was much more open about having people in my home, because it was not mine.

    On a side note, Ross is coming to speak in Bismarck soon. I look forward to listening to him.

    • Aimee

      Pam, thank you for sharing that example. What a great analogy and perspective! The White House is like a parsonage… probably won’t fly in some circles…

      • Aimee

        PS: I’m envious you get to hear Ross in Bismarck. You know you have the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. right now…

  2. Aimee, I so admire how you are able to do this so calmly and wisely and with such a spirit of gentleness. It would be and is such a struggle for me! Thanks for sharing this!