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Forum Post: Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights

Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 14, 2011, 7:26 p.m. EST by TylerDurden (7)
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Why is no one talking about this? These are the perfect:

The Right to Employment, with a living wage,

The Right to Freedom from unfair competition and monopolies,

The Right to Housing,

Th Right to Medical care,

The Right to Education

The Right to Social security

These are the things that America desperately needs right now! Let's use these as the basis of our demands! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Bill_of_Rights



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[-] 1 points by cklau (10) 12 years ago

These remedy I believe it's a lot better than the economic stimulus package that's is being offered by the current administration but however I also believe that times has change and so are we.The Americans are now getting more materialistic than ever and in order to make money you must first had a lot of money, so to speak and this reflect a lot about the mindset of our current society. This is the change that we needed to overcome first before it become a reality that we are really free.

[-] 1 points by cklau (10) 12 years ago

Take a look at people around you, not many people can afford to say enough these days as if this word doesn't exist in their dictionary anymore. What I'm trying to say is in order to really know the true meaning of freedom we must change our mindset not to be greed and therefore set ourselves free.You know what I'm saying?

[-] 1 points by TylerDurden (7) 12 years ago

I think I got the first part of what you are saying, but I got lost on the second part.

[-] 1 points by cklau (10) 12 years ago

President Theodore Roosevelt once has had enough of Japanese brutal occupations in China and therefore he stood up and demanded the Japanese army to get out of china but for the current president to demand that the greedy corporate capitalist to exit America will be political suicide unless he has the political will power to stop the occupation.

[-] 0 points by melbel61 (113) 12 years ago

The reason why Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights was a non-starter is because it is vacant of reality. The 'right' to employment. All individuals who are physically and mentally capable have a 'right' to go out and find a job, or create their own job. Now you may be one of several who 'apply' for one job, sometimes you get it, sometimes you don't. But how exactly would we apply that in reality. Everyone is guaranteed a job? From whom? Private sector? Public. Similarly, the 'right to housing". Who sets the parameters for the housing. I bought a small 1400 hundred sq. foot house 18 years ago that I still live in because I always knew that I could afford it, no matter what the circumstances. I would love a 5000 sq. foot house, but guess what, I can't afford it. So, who determines what. In theory everything sounds like utopia, but in reality, there is no utopia. There is, however, the guarantee of the right to pursue whatever your version of utopia is, and I, for one wouldn't want it any other way.

[-] 2 points by TylerDurden (7) 12 years ago

But surely, you must agree with the idea that people need to have living wages and protection from unfair business practices and monoplies. I make 11.50 an hour at my current job, but no way is it enough for me to have my own place with my own things. I could probably get a better job and make use of my college degree, if not for the business practices of Wall Street that have destroyed the economic fabric of our country.

[-] 1 points by melbel61 (113) 12 years ago

But Tyler, how much is a living wage? Doesn't it also depend upon where you live? Obviously anywhere in the tri-state area is going to be extremely expensive? I don't know how old you are, but from the time I was 18-26, I worked two jobs, because I left home at 18, wanted to see if I could do it on my own. That was in 1979, unemployment was approx. the same, interest rates skyrocketing. I know how difficult it is today, but not all corporations, companies, etc. are corrupt. Were there abuses on Wall St? Absolutely, but do not forget that Congress wrote laws with loopholes to allow many of the abuses that have taken place. In addition, the SEC and Congress has oversight of the financial institutions. Where the hell were they? There are a lot of good ideas coming out of OWS, but I want to see more emphasis on the true people in charge, Washington!!!