Government Honors Thesis: Gregory Henson

Title: A Critique of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Impact on the American Political System

Author: Gregory Henson


Contrary to popular opinion, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a detrimental impact on the United States’ political system. Due to the Great Depression, Roosevelt was given a broad range of powers in order to help the country. His expansions of the federal government through the New Deal created the unconstitutional administrative state. Similarly, his consolidation of power in the executive branch goes against the Founding Fathers’ intentions. Furthermore, he was able to create drastic changes through manipulation of the Supreme Court. Moreover, the belief that Roosevelt and the New Deal ended the Great Depression is unfounded. Roosevelt is commonly considered one of the greatest presidents in US history, but in reality he should be viewed as a warning of how pushing constitutional boundaries can threaten our political system.