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Why FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights is needed more today than ever before!!

For those who are not familiar, FDR,  in his 1944 State of the Union Address laid the groundwork for a second bill of rights for the citizens of the United States.  Here is an excerpt from that speech that calls out the rights he wanted to enact into law for us.

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…
  • The right to a good education.
  • The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies


  • The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.
  • The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.
  • The right of every family to a decent home.
  • The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.
Now, I am sure that many of you, as do I, wonder why on earth would we have not completed making these fabulous ideas into law?  Well, even back then the same forces were at play as are today.  Obviously, the right wing agenda really haven’t changed over the years, and yes, it always boils down to the preservation and growth of their wealth.
You may ask, how can ensuring good jobs, great education, healthcare, decent homes, food adequate food and clothing have anything to do with jeopardizing the wealth of the 1%?  Well, as FDR said on many occasions ‘Necessitous Men are not Free Men’.  
How that translates into jeopardizing their wealth is that people who have been educated and don’t have to spend every spare moment scraping by a living so they can feed, clothe and put a roof over the heads of their families will have enough time or energy on their hands to be politically active.  EEEGADS, commoners being politically active?  Actually having the time and energy to pay attention to what the “elected” officials are doing?  That could put a serious cramp in the lifestyles of a lot of people.
However, if we are all running ourselves ragged, just trying to survive, we barely have time to spend with our families and friends let alone pay attention to what is happening in politics.  Most make their decisions based on the evening news, a few sound bytes and the occasional television show or debate spectacle.  (Dear God help us).   How does that ultimately work out?  It leaves politics and the running of the country, and the world, to those people of means.  The ones that have been running things forever and fully intend on continuing to run things forever.  And they are doing it via economic enslavement.  And mark my words, it WILL continue.  That is, unless WE do something about it.

One response to “Why FDR’s 2nd Bill of Rights is needed more today than ever before!!

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