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Forum Post: Economic Bill of Rights

Posted 2 years ago on Sept. 20, 2011, 7:41 p.m. EST by JayBee (4) from Danbury, CT
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A solid message once buried, now floating back to the top. A long forgotten solution to a problem that has been growing ever since. The development of an ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS is necessary, plausible, and a good cause for revolution.

"The Economic Bill of Rights”

Excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union

It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

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.

Source: The Public Papers & Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Samuel Rosenman, ed.), Vol XIII (NY: Harper, 1950), 40-42

12 How. 152: “Necessitous men,” says the Lord Chancellor, in Vernon v Bethell, 2 Eden 113 (1762), “are not, truly speaking, free men; but, to answer a present emergency, will submit to any terms that the crafty may impose on them.”

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[-] 1 points by SocialDem16 (83) 2 years ago

I have been sending them emails and talking to be people at the protest and marches about this. I am all for this and think it holds our solution. I'm thinking about handing out flyers and educating people on it. Employment, with a living wage, freedom from unfair competition and monopolies, housing, medical care, education, and, social security would all become rights!!!!

[-] 1 points by JayBee (4) from Danbury, CT 2 years ago

My apologies for not replying before, I haven't logged on because I have found that they are more using this site for the output of news and not the input of ideas. I think going down and talking with them, and handing out flyers and trying to get people on board that way is a much better idea. Having been to the site, there are many intelligent people there looking to hear other people's ideas and are willing to listen to what people think and feel.....that would be the best route.

I can't wait until we get some fruit from this tree.

[-] 1 points by SocialDem16 (83) 2 years ago

I have been sending them emails and talking to be people at the protest and marches about this. I am all for this and think it holds our solution. I'm thinking about handing out flyers and educating people on it. Employment, with a living wage, freedom from unfair competition and monopolies, housing, medical care, education, and, social security would all become rights!!!!

[-] 1 points by RedRoyce1 (6) 2 years ago

We The People of The United States of Americans, You're Country NEEDS You to Act. Time the Country comes back to the people.Let our Voices Shake the Foundation of Congress, No more Lobbiest, No more Corporate Republicans and Democrats, No more Corporations Wrighting our Countrys Laws, No more Corruption and No more Wealthy TAX Breaks(Loopholes)Americans Citizens, People. It's Time to Vote Out All Elected Officials who do Harm against a Fellow American by Law. If Animals can be Protected by Laws, so should the American People! Vote them OUT! Be Respectful of others and Our Cause will be a Victory! V

[-] 1 points by JayBee (4) from Danbury, CT 2 years ago

agreed.

[-] 0 points by RedRoyce1 (6) 2 years ago

Thanks, Now there is 2 American Persons who Think alike. a couple of Million more would be Good. Let's get the President on board!

[-] 2 points by TheObserver (37) 2 years ago

The president is part of the elite, wake up.

[-] 1 points by lwvasquez12 (1) 2 years ago

I think we should take our money out of the banks that created this recession and are illeagally foreclosing on home owners. Yes, I am saying that we boycott the national banks--you can not get arrested for that.

[-] 1 points by JayBee (4) from Danbury, CT 2 years ago

Added to this, repeal of Citizens United, and addressing the current issue of Job Outsourcing...something to consider....something to demand.

Coming down tomorrow! Stay Strong!