The Great Depression was the unchaining of the unwashed masses from wage slavery and dominance by wealth. Because FDR was of that class himself, he was deemed a traitor by his former peers. Regaining that lost power and glory became the goal of wealth in this nation, and their efforts didn't take long to make that fact known. If it weren't for Marine General Smedley Butler, a two-time Medal of Honor winner who exposed a coup attempt organized by some of the beneficiaries of the lucrative aniline dye patent awards, it is likely that the United States would have followed a path similar to that of Germany at that same time. And just as George W. Bush attempted to establish during his felonious reign, the rights and liberties of the American people would have been curtailed in the pursuit of reclaiming power and prestige for the wealthy through the destruction of world communism and opening up Russia for economic exploitation by force.
Had this actually been achieved (look up Operation Bagration if you want to know the likely outcome of that effort), there is no reason to believe that this would have been the end of it. As there is no honor among thieves, the victors would have fallen out amongst themselves and created a new struggle for domination (as they did in historic Cold War reality). Our rights would have remained as unrealized as those granted by the early Soviet Constitution (which was itself modeled after our own) as we marched off for yet another war in the service of Gen. Butler's "Wall Street capitalist racketeers".
Since the Republican Party engineered the South's Rising Again using MIWASP economic and racial hatred as the prime mover, nothing good for most of the American people has come from the effort. The Executive Intelligence Review article hints at the truth of why this is so: "Many people are enraged at what the government has done, but being mad is not enough, as the oligarchs are quite skilled at channeling popular rage into dead ends."
Hence the "tea parties". Stirring up political, economic, racial, and gender animosities for private gain and power enhancement is a recipe for tyranny, and not the sort that the tea baggers believe they are preventing with their juvenile expressions of displeasure. It isn't without reason that some of us see the parallels with the German street gangs who later led their nation into disaster with their deadly foolishness. In both cases, wealthy interests are using those who shower after they work to perform their evil deeds, taking by force that which they cannot win by persuasion. The rules are for fools, feel They Who Deserve To Rule. The end — giving them control of everything — would justify the means, and the rest of us can just like it!