Sunday, January 6, 2013
72nd ANNIVERSARY OF FOUR FREEDOMS
January 6, 2013 marks the 72nd anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedom's" speech. In Roosevelt's State of the Union speech to Congress 72 years ago today, he talked about these "four freedoms" - the freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear.
"The basic things expected by our people of their political and economic systems are simple. They are: Equality of opportunity for youth and for others.
Jobs for those who can work.
Security for those who need it.
The ending of special privilege for the few.
The preservation of civil liberties for all.
The enjoyment of the fruits of scientific progress in a wider and constantly rising standard of living.
These are the simple, the basic things that must never be lost sight of in the turmoil and unbelievable complexity of our modern world. The inner and abiding strength of our economic and political systems is dependent upon the degree to which they fulfill these expectations.
Many subjects connected with our social economy call for immediate improvement. As examples: We should bring more citizens under the coverage of old-age pensions and unemployment insurance. We should widen the opportunities for adequate medical care. We should plan a better system by which persons deserving or needing gainful employment may obtain it."
I wish the House of Representatives of today would believe in these basic principles of life and governing. They have failed miserably!