Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 7, 2012, 2:54 p.m. EST by idaniaperalta
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There has been much misinformation and confusion about what OWS is really all about. It's basic and without question that any and all movements that have succeeded, met their goals because they were clear and specific in their grievances and in HOW TO ADDRESS THEM. I understand that the main goal of the Occupy Wall St movement around the country and the world is the elimination of corrupt and greedy practices of corporations and banks so that we can live in a better society and achieve TRUE freedom and pursuit of happiness. HOWEVER, I, like many people in this country who want to support OWS, don't know what steps/actions the movement will demand to help bring this end goal to reality. I hope that this idea will help others, and give the movement more specific and attainable goals to reach in the larger fight towards a purer democracy:
My idea is this: adopt FDR's Economic Bill of Rights, and demand that these basic, unalienable rights are achieved. FDR is considered by me, and many other Americans, to be one of the most pragmatic, influential and ingenious American presidents of our history. And it is simply because he understands that political freedom does not always guarantee ECONOMIC freedom. We are at that predicament today. We have the most opportune moment to see these rights etched into our most sacred document, the Constitution, and see it echo for generations to come. So, not to sound too long-winded, for those unfamiliar with FDR's 2nd Bill of Rights, here they 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 sell a product and] 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. (Social Security)
- The right to a good education.
These rights, I'm sure, is what each and every supporter and member of OWS wants to see implemented. And why not? Why NOT? These rights are already an integral part of Germany, Italy and Japan's own Constitution. They understand, like FDR did, that government is not just there to defend their citizens from foreign and domestic enemies, but to give them basic human rights and necessities like a job, a living wage, healthcare, a nest egg, and a good education. Only then, can we proclaim that the US is the best nation in the world.
Let's demand these rights, OWS, and make them clearly visible as your message so that we can support you and join you with our fists held high. We Americans need these rights. Now. And Occupy Wall Street can ACTUALLY make these rights a demand and SUCCEED!