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Forum Post: FDR's unrealized 2nd bill of rights is our solution!

Posted 3 years ago on Jan. 10, 2012, 12:52 a.m. EST by antigoldencalf777 (14)
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Occupy has presented to the world of the problem of economic inequality suffered by the 99%. Now that we have presented a problem; it is time to present a solution and unite and work to implement the solution. I believe that the solution is Franklin D. Roosevelt's unrealized '2nd bill of rights' for those who has not heard of it, it goes like this: Excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union[2]: “ 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.”[3] 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 fre