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"You most likely do not remember (but may have read), during the 1930's people marched on Washington and the government to get action. FDR called out the military -- not for parade, but to keep order."

A minor point perhaps, but you have a few distortions of history there. The main marchers were the "Bonus Army." They were veterans of World War I who had been promised a "bonus" some time in the future and they marched for the payment now--during hard times when they needed the money. But Congress refused to pay the bonus (for fear that it would encourage other groups to make similar demands, essentially a series of extortion demands).

It was Herbert Hoover, not FDR, who ordered the bonus army evicted. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was the commander of the troups. He exceeded his authority they say and not only drove them out of town, but also burned their "Hooverville" shacks.

Some say this was the final straw that gave the 1932 election victory to FDR.
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