By Angelo Lopez on August 24, 2008
I was born in the 1967, around 30 years after the last of the New Deal legislation went into effect. I grew up enjoying the benefits of the New Deal and the Great Society and as a lifelong Democrat, I’ve always admired the way those programs helped Americans during especially trying times. The past 30 years have seen conservative critiques of those landmark liberal programs and Republican Presidents from Ronald Reagan to George Bush have tried to slowly dismantle the foundations that the New Deal created. Yet in 2008, as I read about progressive politics and learn about the history of social change, I’ve grown to admire the spirit that animated the New Deal in the 1930s, and it made me appreciate the openness of FDR to new ideas to apply to the fundamental problems of our nation. More so than the legislative accomplishments, it is the spirit of experimentation that I most admire about the New Deal.