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Reply #4: Yesterday was the anniversary of the passing of FDR. Funny that Reagan used to support him. [View All]

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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-13-10 09:41 AM
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4. Yesterday was the anniversary of the passing of FDR. Funny that Reagan used to support him.
In his 1944 SOTU Address to the nation, FDR outlined a future that America should work towards and included in it a so-called Second Bill of Rights recognizing that people have economic rights as well as individual rights. Just some months later, FDR was dead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Bill_of_Rights

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 allregardless 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.

For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.


If FDR had lived a few years longer, he probably would've been able to ram through a Medicare For All bill through Congress.
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