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FDR's "Second Bill of Rights" proposed as part of a speech given 1/11/44 (SOTU)

  • Dragonfli (788 posts)
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    FDR's "Second Bill of Rights" proposed as part of a speech given 1/11/44 (SOTU)

    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. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.

    America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

    He was definitely on the right track describing what he would have further done beyond “The New Deal” he intended to implement after WWII, unfortunately for us all, he died before the end of the war and before being able to move forward with his plans.

    A little weird, Manny Goldstein, Enthusiast and 4 othersHaikugal, canoeist52, FanBoy, 99thMonkey like this

    “We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” Thurgood Marshall    

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  • 99thMonkey (2444 posts)
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    1. "unfortunately for us all" = understatement of the century.

    Bernie tried, but got derailed by 3rdWay/MIC/DNC/neocon rat-fuckers.

  • Haikugal (4660 posts)
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    2. Kick! Thanks Dragonfli!

      Be the bird.....       Hey DNC! Up Yours! It's ON!!
  • Enthusiast (6057 posts)
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    3. Recommended to max!

    FDR, the most popular president in history! You would think he had leprosy considering how far the Democratic Party have distanced themselves from his policies.

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide."  Frank Church