The Answer to Fascism that we have today in America
From the State of The Union speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt 1944
“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.
One of the great American industrialists of our day—a man who has rendered yeoman service to his country in this crisis-recently emphasized the grave dangers of “rightist reaction” in this Nation. All clear-thinking businessmen share his concern. Indeed, if such reaction should develop—if history were to repeat itself and we were to return to the so- called “normalcy” of the 1920’s—then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on the battlefields abroad, we shall have yielded to the spirit of Fascism here at home.”
***************** We have returned to “…the so-called “normalcy” of the 1920’s”… and we have “…yielded to the spirit of Fascism here at home…”
It is incumbent on every American to come to the aide of their fellow citizens and fight for the Second Bill of Rights, the Economic Bill of Rights.
The future of our Nation and it’s children, grand children and great grand children rely on us to equalize the balance of the scales of inequality wherever they may be found.
There are many things to be restored, such as the Fairness Doctrine and the Glass-Steagall Act. There are many things to be over-turned such as Lone Wolf vs Hitchcock and Citizen’s United.
The greatest challenge is to admit we have taken a very wrong turn, that we have ended up in an unequal state and that there are ways to correct this so that we once again become “We the People”. Those that do not admit it are stealing our country’s future and the future of the Planet. We must remember that whatever course we take to achieve our shared goal it must be inclusive because truly all of our shadows are the same color, no matter what station, race or creed.
Disgustingly we have a crazy man in the White House that is turning America into a Fascist State and a Republican Congress that is hand in hand with him. Sanity has left the building. The christian ethic of loving thy neighbor has turned green from the greed of money. And there is no end in sight but the collapse of a once great nation.
…about the other pages in this category…
…I see no reason to update them all the time
everyone with common sense can see what I see…
Oct. 26, 2017…just another nail in my coffin…
…a breakdown of it all…