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The seal of the United States of America reflects the early inception of the country and its subsequent history. In its design, the motto E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one. It has been understood to mean that the thirteen colonies became one nation. This has evolved to mean, that out of many peoples, races, religions, languages, and ancestries has emerged a single nation. The symbol signifies that a melting pot of disenfranchised, indebted, and expatriated people have now found a home.

The standard of the insignia may remain the same but the men who have held the role of president have not always lived up to the insignias standard. One such individual casts a long dark shadow. In light of the seal and what the presidency stands for it is difficult to include FDR’s presidency but his turning a blind eye and remaining silent to one of the greatest human tragedies unfortunately affords him this distinction. Franklin D. Roosevelt has been considered in high regard for many decades. His list of achievements include ending the Depression, winning WWII, establishing Social Security, establishing the Securities and Exchange Commission, and finally the endorsement for the formation of the United Nations.

While those achievements give reason to attribute high honors, recent historians have discovered that in fact Roosevelt remained silent to the holocaust. His reasoning has become more evident in light of some digging on the part of historians. FDR was not sympathetic to the plight of the Jews. An indicator of his beliefs was that he did not inform the American people of Hitler’s ‘Final Solution.’ He also did not provide safe harbor for Jews or their children. Roosevelt is also being cited for saying that he understood the complaint of the Germans towards the Jews. While his achievements are numerous lives lost due to the Holocaust tarnish its luster. --Jim L. Wilson and Darius Holland

¬ http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/great-moral-failure-fdr-article-1.1285363

Esther 4:14 (HCSB) If you keep silent at this time, liberation and deliverance will come to the Jewish people from another place, but you and your father’s house will be destroyed. Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.”

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