Damn right! We DO have a litmus test
Twenty-five years ago, my party was stolen from me. We have set out to steal it right back, but how do we tell the good guys from the bad ones?
My party was the party of FDR and
GeorgeHenry Wallace. Today the Democratic Party can barely utter these names. Because they know they’d have to face one of his greatest achievements: The Second Bill of Rights.
Are you an FDR Democrat?
Do you believe completely in FDR’s Second Bill of Rights?
(Would you have supported Wallace over Truman?)
Answer yes to these, you’re our guy/gal.
Answer no to these, you’re a ratfking poseur who needs to take a damn hike.
So yes, we DO have a simple itmus test: noone is being a progressive/purist to demand our candidates honor and follow our Party’s most-loved leader.
During Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the US Congress on the State of the Union, he said the following:
It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.
As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:
- The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
- The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
- The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
- The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
- The right of every family to a decent home;
- The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
- The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
- The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell “security”.
So, I propose these two questions to be JPR’s Litmus Test, referencing the iconography surrounding our dearest leader.
Game, set, match, corporatist whores who ‘forgot’ about FDR.
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