I always revered FDR, whose stock is at an all time low at the moment judging by the behavior of George W. Is that what you meant with your quotation?
When a land forgets it legends,
Sees but falsehoods in its past,
When a nation views it sires
In the light of fools and liars
'Tis a sign of its decline,
And its glories cannot last.
-- J. Fairfax-Blakesborough