Few political observers were surprised that President Barack Obama sees himself as the second coming of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as he uttered these words at the Democratic convention Thursday night:

“And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.”

Virtually every Democratic official daydreams about being a modern-day FDR, someone who can use nearly unchecked government power to “save” the citizenry from the ravages of the private sector. Love of government is embedded deep within the Democratic DNA, so much so that media observers were surprised that a corporate executive actually gave a featured convention speech.

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