Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

I am neither bitter nor cynical—but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. letter, Dec. 29, 1939, to Frank Knox, the Republican Vice Presidential candidate in 1936, who was soon to enter FDR's Cabinet as Secretary of the Navy. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 298, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

Knox had written FDR suggesting that if the European War proceeded with a victory for the Axis and the Russians then the United States was in deep trouble and that the people needed to become aware that there was no salvation for them by merely remaining neutral. FDR had suggested to Knox that he might join the Cabinet if the war continued to go badly for the Allies. The President was worried that the isolationist sentiments maintained by many congressmen and the press was politically immature and even dangerous.
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