Roosevelt The Scrootch Owl
FDR wanted to remake the South with his socialist New Deal policies, but the social-engineering and increasing levels of communist infiltration of FDR’s regime led to a full-scale revolt of Southern Democrats in 1948. FDR was assisted by his labor advisor, communist Sidney Hillman, who organized the first political action committee in 1936, the CIO-PAC, which funneled labor union monies to FDR’s reelection campaigns.
Add to this mix the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, which since the 1930’s had been a communist training facility for agitation and labor union-organizing in the South. From Highlander training came Rosa Parks and M.L. King and others, well-versed in disruptive public demonstrations and labor strikes to paralyze American industry. This is the subversive stew that hatched socialist Democrats from Kennedy through Hubert Humphrey to the Clintons, and explains why we have an Obama.
Cape Fear Historical Institute
Roosevelt The Scrootch Owl:
"Roosevelt faced a dilemma, too. He was a Yankee, not a Southerner; and while he held the South, his adopted section, in genuine affection, his attitude toward inviolable Southern institutions was intellectual rather than emotional, pragmatic rather than dogmatic. To him the greatest challenge facing the South was the alleviation of poverty….Therefore he stood for change, even while he depended on Southern leadership in Congress to whom change was something painful or even intolerable. These leaders, indoctrinated in traditions of party loyalty, for the most part gave him emphatic support, far beyond their convictions, on issues and for much longer than might have been expected. Gradually, as they voted measure after meassure to comprise the New Deal, they became more and more restive.
The Southern majority in Congress was eroded, and finally in 1937, shattered. Roosevelt, for his part, labored to maintain the majority…between the Bourbons and New Dealers. Of course he could not be neutral, and this was his dilemma. He could not hold indefinitely the support Southern leaders and yet seek to remake the South. In certain respects he was willing to modify or water down the New Deal in its practical operation in the South, but these concessions brought about a furor in the North. Even more than the pressure from Northerners, Roosevelt’s own firm convictions kept him an energetic New Dealer in his Southern policies. That is to say, he was the champion of the impoverished; and these impoverished, more concerned with their personal welfare than with constitutional questions and long-range tendencies, gave Roosevelt their hearts and their undying loyalty. Regardless how their leaders might warn them, they were ready again and again—provided they held the franchise—to vote for President Roosevelt.
(During the change from Hoover to FDR)…Southern leaders in Congress were envisaging a most limited program (of economic assistance) while President-elect Roosevelt was quietly planning a national one into which the South must fit. (Louisiana) Senator Huey Long…once told an audience that President Hoover had been a hoot owl, and that Roosevelt was a scrootch owl, explaining that a hoot owl knocked the hen off the roost and seized her. "But a scrootch owl slips into the roost and scrootches up to the hen and talks softly to her. And then the hen falls in love with him and the first thing you know, there aint no hen." In those first months of 1933 Southern leaders heard the soft talk but did not foresee the consequneces; it is no wonder that they thought they could pretty much shape a New Deal to suit themselves."
FDR And The South, Frank Freidel, LSU Press, 1965, pp 35-41)