A portion of 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 of 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 also realize that capitalism is the bane of our current demise. We must move to a democratic socialism to balance the scales of liberty and the accountants balance ledger.
Wealth Inequality Most Severe Since Ancient Egypt
Here Prof. Wolff explains what capitalism is doing and how it works. It is a good lesson in history, the history of human suffering and how to prevent it. The video isn’t that long but it’s packed with so much information it takes more than one watching to see all that he is saying.
As noted in the video with Prof. Wolff, Jeff Bezos is worth 100 billion dollars with a B. Africa has 54 countries, Bezos is worth 50 of those countries gdp. It is obscene that one person can have that much money. In order for someone to have that much money, almost a continent does without. It isn’t just a person to person thing it is things like schools, parks, services, electricity and so much more. Capitalism is nothing more than a fancy word for stealing. The greatest thing being stolen is dignity. It is very hard for someone without to look around themselves and see others with so much more. A lot of what they see is false, it is debt, which is another way of insuring poverty. I like saying that I am not materialistic, that if there is something you just cannot live without it owns you, not you own it. Still there are things I’d like to have that I don’t. Material things that would make my life more comfortable. I have learned to do without. How about you?
There must be parity for all, everyone. I include this so that you will understand how important it is to overturn Lone Wolf vs Hitchcock. Everyone must be included.
With the Social Security from FDR and Medicare from LBJ there has been in the past a movement towards a more just and equal society which the right, or conservative side of our political system has been fighting to stop and or eliminate. One person carrying on the tradition of progressive politics is Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. With his attempt at running for President in 2016 it was shown that the progressive ideas are very popular with the citizens of America. For those that are interested on just what Mr. Sanders is all about I am providing the link to everything on youtube under the search term “Bernie Sanders” so what you can hear in his own words just what he thinks and believes in, that being “democratic socialism”.
As you’ll see much of what he envisions would come under the heading of a Second Bill of Rights though it is never framed that way. I am of the thinking that it should be and have sent an email to Senator Sanders asking he do so and to press the DNC to frame the message of the democratic party around the SBR’s. This could be the rallying point or focus of the democratic party and the citizens so that inequality might become a thing of the past and we’d have a more just and tranquil society as described in the first paragraph of the Constitution.
I don’t think FDR was a one-off fluke. It requires work and a good strong-arm man to pull it off. As Prof. Wolff says, the reason FDR was able to pull it off was he strong-armed those like him, the rich. Do we need another strong-arm or can we pull it off through massive brute force? I don’t know. What would happen if Jeff Bezos turned his attention to making the world a safer saner place to live? Instead of just making more money and playing with toys? Is it that rare that someone rich has a soul? I don’t know.
As noted on the page “Daily Press” every day there is an increase in the size of the hole being ripped into the very fabric of our country. It is becoming increasingly clear that the citizens will not handle much more, or the global community for that matter. There is an under tone that is turning uglier and uglier by the day. As much as I’d like to think that cooler heads will prevail I am not delusional either. To think that the country would do the right kinds of things to make the 2nd B of R’s happen in a civil manner is becoming unthinkable. I do not see or hear of any discussion of these rights even being discussed. I have contacted a few of the powers that be to try and stimulate the conversation and either I am ignored or am politely dismissed. I have no voice, I have no recognition and yet this is my families blood. I have no choice, I cannot stop fighting for what I know to be right and true. I’m taking to the wind and the wind cannot hear. To say I am frustrated is an understatement. We are hell-bent on destroying ourselves the further we move away from the chance to bring about the 2nd B of R’s. I was thinking of taking every item listed in the bill and refining it so that they might be better understood in today’s mind-set but to what end? The people that come here cannot even get past the front page to even see what else is here on this site. It makes no sense to waste my time on a lesson of futility.
Just a word or two about Democratic Socialism from Wikipedia…