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Jessica Levenson's UpWorthy links us to this YouTube video of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt describing his proposed "Second Bill of Rights, aka an Economic Bill of Rights in 1944, just after his state of the Union, in her article, What This President Said About U.S. Security Needs To Be Tattooed On Every Congressperson's Hand. I found it to be so remarkable and inspiring, poignant, and sad, that I retrieved the full transcript from Wikipedia.

“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:[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 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 all our citizens.

For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.

What incredible vision from FDR, in 1944, yet look how far we have yet to go. If anything we may have less support for such a noble vision now than we did then.

What has happened to America? What has happened to the Democratic Party? Even the Republican Party! I'm going to put a quote in the update from Republican President Eisenhower, denouncing those that might think to diminish Social Security that will make even our own centrists squirm.

This noble, wise, compassionate, and generate vision is the vision of America and the Democratic Party I was brought up on.

This is the vision of America I have spent my life fighting for, and it used to be the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Now we are called leftists, oddballs, "idealist purists," socialists, communists, or worse. Sometimes, we're even invited to leave.

Well, I'm not going "nowhere!" (sic - building street cred as a dog of the people! woof!)  I'm fighting for this vision of American equality, justice, prosperity, fairness, generosity of spirit until my last breath.

I call on those who are similarly inspired to come back and join us in making this vision a reality not just for Americans but for all people around the word.

10:43 AM PT:

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11:20 AM PT: Please check out this post I put up late yesterday. IMO,  it's one of my best in a long time, but slipped off the recent list, relatively unnoticed. Thank you.

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Originally posted to And Now for Something Completely Different on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Keynesian Kossacks, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Hellraisers Journal, In Support of Labor and Unions, and ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.

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  •  This would make an excellent Democratic... (9+ / 0-)

    ...platform.  Frankly, this site should be getting much more excited about ideas like these.  Instead, diaries like this one slip down the Recent Diaries list, never to be seen again.  Recommended.

    "Democrat" is a noun. "Democratic" is an adjective. "Republican" is an idiot. Illigitimi non carborundum. Regardless of Party.

    by TheOrchid on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:54:13 AM PDT

  •  Thanka but there's something wrong with (3+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, Words In Action, HeyMikey

    America.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:12:55 AM PDT

  •  this is why I'm here. (6+ / 0-)
    The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

    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 in all, these are the basic foundations for a decent, humane life...
    opening the door and leveling the field so everyone has the possibility to thrive, create, grow, and contribute to our great american experiment.

    thanks for the diary, HoundDog.

    every adult is responsible for every child

    by ridemybike on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:14:05 AM PDT

    •  Me too. Maybe I should have clipped this part out (5+ / 0-)

      and put it in the first paragraph. Many of my posts are still too cluttered even though I've been working on brevity, I have a powerful compulsion for detail and "completeness."

      I almost took out Jessica Levenson's stuff, but it was her link to the you tube that led me to the FDR quote, and I like to support volunteer writers, and hate it when more famous or better positioned writers do the old "bypass" trick on earlier posts.

      If this one doesn't go anywhere maybe tomorrow I'll try highlighting just the section you note as this is really important stuff ridemybike. FDR was elected four terms and is considered one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country.

      Now we'd be lucky to find but and handful of Democrats who would have the courage to utter words this courageous and bold in public.

      But, it is a vision, and feeling of connection to our neighbors and fellow Americans that resonate deeply withing all of us.

      I think all humans, and probably even primates and mammals are programmed with an "us versus them" biological coding part of our brain. We feel this way about our family, the neighbors we know, church mates, fellow countrymen in a disaster or war, but, the Republicans are trying to divide us into the "Makers" and the "Takers"  by coding is "them" the enemy as half of our country, people of color, Latinos, women who favor choice, people of color, the "poor who are on welfare," etc.

      Paul Ryan, and Mitt Romney tried to divide America into these 47% so we would see the other half of our fellow Americans as "them," the enemy.  

      We Democrats need to expose this vile slander, and reunite our country, and world, towards more noble goals in an alliance of the whole human family.  

      "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

      by HoundDog on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:34:49 AM PDT

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      •  No it started before with evil Goldwater, Nixon (2+ / 0-)
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        HoundDog, Silina

        & Reagan because America was not created for non-white regular people. Most white men today have been co-opted into the exceptional American group hence the prevalent use of dog whistles. They have to appeal to white supremacists now; that's their base. They also made deals with big biz & the religious right. Funny how each is really authoritarian & exclusive of non- white men  & most women.

        Now it is a race to disenfranchise people who aren't that group (them) or don't vote for that group's benefit. That group when they vote for Rs are voting for greedy rotten rich people & for oppression of people who don't look like them. The funny thing is that oppression is equal opportunity.

        nosotros no somos estúpidos

        by a2nite on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 12:50:12 PM PDT

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        •  Bull. (0+ / 0-)

          The classic Daily Kos response to everything right wing: Racism, racism, racism. It's as banal as those who scream "Benghazi!"

          Almost half the country votes for Republicans. Do you think those people are all middle-aged white racists?

          We cannot beat the Republicans while Democrats refuse to face reality. Our problems are economic, not racial. We just lost our first 2014 election in Florida because our side, Obama and the Democrats, are just as plutocratic as the Republicans.

  •  Unfortunately, too many Ds are willing to (5+ / 0-)

    roll back the "Rights" FDR did manage to establish during his administration 70 years ago. Doubtful they will be forging new ones, especially in the economic realm.

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    When the rich have tripled their share of the income and wealth yet again, Republicans will still blame the poor and 3rd Way Democrats will still negotiate.

    by Words In Action on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:41:27 AM PDT

  •  It's worth running on even it weren't an election (2+ / 0-)
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    winner.  Given that the two parties rotate power periodically, Democrats running on this platform every election would eventually win and would have a mandate to put this into action.  The problem is candidates not willing to take the temporary disadvantage of losing financial backers (well, and being part of the same class as those providing the financial backing...).

  •  FDR & Orwell! And my mom! (5+ / 0-)
    We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent people.

    -- George Orwell
    Review of [Bertrand] Russell's Power: A New Social Analysis, in Adelphi (January 1939), available at http://www.lehman.edu/...

    [Orwell actually wrote "men" instead of "people," but I have modernized him just this smidgen.]

    Why the Democratic Party ever got away from FDR's basics is a damn good question. Why it stayed away from FDR's basics during the worst economic crisis since, um, FDR, is completely baffling.

    Thank you, HoundDog, for performing the first duty of intelligent people--a duty so many others have shamefully neglected.

    In the early 1930s my mom's family lived in rural Mississippi, about 30 miles from Tupelo. Tupelo was the first city to get electricity from the TVA. FDR came to Tupelo to give a speech to celebrate. My mom still remembers my grandfather taking her to Tupelo to see FDR, hoisting her up on his shoulders so she could see above the crowd. Awhile back I ran across the text of FDR's speech that day--it was a week before my mom's third birthday.

    Damn right she's still a Democrat. Damn right she votes in every election.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 02:56:20 PM PDT

  •  TnR just for the title (2+ / 0-)
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    I hope everyone reads and shares.

    .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 05:20:20 PM PDT

  •  Must read on social and economic rights (1+ / 0-)
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    raspberryberet

    Canadian statesman Ed Broadbent's "Jack Layton Lecture" (2nd annual memorial lecture for former New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton)

    ...

    It was a Canadian social democrat, John Humphrey, who wrote the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948. In his autobiography he was clear about the centrality of social and economic rights to the lives of ordinary people. Such rights are important in themselves, but, Humphrey stressed, without them other human rights have little meaning for most people.

    Social and economic rights for all – access to decent employment, health care, education, pensions, food, a union, among others – were not only included along with traditional civil and political rights in the Universal Declaration but also were embodied in a separate covenant in 1976. In the same year, the covenant was ratified by Canada and became a part of international law as a core element of the United Nations International Bill of Human Rights.....

  •  Where are the democrats! (1+ / 0-)
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    This foundational ideology is why I haven't jumped ship yet!  This is what we should be standing for.  What happened that the Democrats are economically indistinguishable from the Repubs?

  •  Call it The BLUE DEAL and make it Dem platform (2+ / 0-)
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    Let's bring on the BLUE DEAL as a platform for Democrats everywhere, gathering all efforts at economic, social, labor, and LGBT fairness under this label. We can wave our flag as Inclusive Americans, taking back our flag that conservatives look to as 70% Confederate anyway.

    Then, as we usher in the Blue Deal nationwide, we will target the 20 most vulnerable GOP House members in our quest to make them FTR's:  Final Term Republicans.

    Winner of the American Dream Scholarship by Democracy for America and Rebuild the Dream for the concept of miniprotesting. This unique approach to curbside activism is fleshed out at http://miniprotests.com.

    by ProgToddNorCal on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 01:14:12 PM PDT

  •  What happened? Greed: (4+ / 0-)

    After the civil rights laws of the sixties gave more power to more people (in no small part because people organized for freedom in the one place they could -  churches), people who then demanded a more economically just society,

    then the greediest of the wealthiest among us, who are the actual owners of the GOP brand, discovered the usefulness of that man-made power tool fueled by fear and need and greed which is religion and

    the GOP opted to trade off any support they might ever have had for individual liberty (women's right to choose) and equal right under law (right to make the most personal and important decisions any human can make)

    so that, in exchange and with a bit of right-wing-nut-media stirring of shit to make it stink, Republicans get the zealots going to the polls in a religious stupor and vote Republican, usually contrary to their own best economic interest.

    •  It is so sad (2+ / 0-)

      that a person's religion, or what they "think" is religion gets them to the polls to vote for a Republican because they think that "all Repubs are pro life, and against abortion."
      Well, friends, truly being "pro life" means a H311 of a lot more than being anti choice or anti birth control. Being pro life means caring about the pregnant woman, what will HER life be like if she is 13 or 14 and trying to raise a child with a bare bones, Teen Parent Program, meager education? What about the fact that she gets gov't help, for only two years, then no child care, groups that want to cut SNAP, Medicaid and Section 8 Housing, and no financial help for child care. What kind of a job can she do, and that is IF she has a mom or grand mom to care for the child for no charge. What if this child becomes ill or needs surgery? How will she pay for this. If she is working, she may make $2. over the limit and get NO gov't help. Is this stance really PRO LIFE. It is not PRO LIFE for the mother or the child. Being pro choice does not mean pro abortion, it means pro CHOICE, it means that it is the woman/girl's decision to make, not mine, not yours, not the clergy, not a politician, and not even her parent's decision. It is hers, along with her physician. As a NARAL button said very eloquently, "Trust Women, Legislators Make Crappy Doctors."

    •  What happened: greed /and black people/ (0+ / 0-)

      The ideological arc of 60s dissent moved decisively leftward over the course of the decade, particularly as civil rights groups (especially SNCC and CORE) and "antiwar" groups (SDS especially) found themselves blocked by "Establishment" politicians willing to sacrifice the cause of justice to political expediency - or to personal interest.  Meanwhile, through 'self-education', dissenters had come more thoroughly to grasp the connections between what MLK in 1967 called "the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism" - racism, capitalism, and imperialism.

      King was vilified for that speech ('Beyond Vietnam', aka 'The Riverside Speech') - vilified by the press and even by other black civil rights leaders, some of whom had advised against his giving it.  In it, King fatefully linked the 'mainstream', non-violent civil rights movement to a deep critique of both imperialism and capitalism: there will be no solution to the problem of racism in the US, King argued, unless these injustices are also repaired.

      True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring
      In effect, the democratic uprising of "the 60s", which originated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the civil rights movement, came to recover the understanding of liberty expressed by FDR in his "second bill of rights" speech; and they expressed their determination to forge a powerful new politics around it. And that made it dangerous to the Establishment. But it is important to recall here that by far the most vocal and outspoken proponents of this new politics were black civil rights leaders - including not only King, but more particularly the Black Panther Party - those dangerous-looking men (and women!) in their Afros and black berets and black shades, carrying guns....  So-called 'middle class' white Americans - i.e. well-fed wage-slaves of the 'consumer's republic' - were alarmed, to say the least, and made an easy catch for the race-baiting Right.

      A year later King was dead. COINTELPRO was well underway, working to undermine this new threat to America (as J Edgar perceived it) by actively subverting all the leading organizations of the Uprising, especially the Panthers.  Nixon's 'Southern strategy' became Reagan's 'welfare queen', and the counter-revolution of the Right was well underway.

      Please note that, at this moment of time (late 60s/early 70s) it was BLACK Americans who took the lead in recovering the public discourse on the connection between economic security and political liberty that FDR had often articulated.  Damn few white Establishment politicians were willing to stand up for this - perhaps the last of them was George McGovern in '72, whose candidacy was deliberately undermined by the leaders of his own party, who never accepted his nomination. (Those Democrats who helped undermine McGovern included, notably, a young rising star named Jimmy Carter - I believe Gary Hart and Fritz Mondale were similarly engaged.  But that's another story.)

  •  To the FDR list: (2+ / 0-)
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    Silina, raspberryberet

    Those pursuing profits should have an obligation to pay the fill cost of acquiring the profits they reap and every effort to transfer those costs to taxpayers of this and/or the next generation needs to be rejected.

    The cost of doing business includes but is not limited to:

    infrastructure needed to connect consumers w/goods and services

    healthy educated workforce availability

    workers with needs reasonably met

    environmental protection

    government security at all levels

    legal system needed to prevent anarchy

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    Y'ALL FEEL FREE TO ADD MORE

    •  You, SueZbell (2+ / 0-)

      said it very eloquently, and I could not agree more. Will you get the corporations to agree with you? No, but if we get a Democrat as president in 2016, one who will fight back against the tide of greed, and "embrace the hatred" of the right wing, yes, we can see this happen.
      BTW, it is not just "for profit corporations" it is the supposedly "non or "not for" profits, too. They just skim off the top, and make cosmetic changes and pull the same stunts on their employees and the taxpayers as the for profit corporations.

  •  Unfortunately, today's Democratic establishment (0+ / 0-)

    is much too cowardly to build a platform of this sort.

    "There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress." - Mark Twain

    by rustypatina on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 02:10:18 PM PDT

  •  Beginning of a Rights Caucus (2+ / 0-)

    People like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Russ Feingold should gather with Greens and others to form a Rights adjunct to Congress... economic rights of humans, natural rights of animals and Earth. Eventually a true Rights party will grow from this, based on our foundation principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity: Liberty in thought, discourse and aspiration; equality before the law; fraternity in the economic sphere.

    •  "should" or "could"? (0+ / 0-)

      While I appreciate much of the sentiment in your comment (I also take issue with some of the logical tangents where it takes me, however), the use of "should" kind of disturbs me.

      We often do a lot of projecting from our own personal stands onto other, public figures.

      Given that Bernie Sanders is a Dem. Socialist and only caucuses, I'm guessing he does "gather" with Greens in contexts and circumstances when it is productive for him and his work, for example.

      Thanks for joining the conversation here.

      Welcome from the DK Partners & Mentors Team. If you have any questions about how to participate here, you can learn more at the Knowledge Base or from the New Diarists Resources Diaries. Diaries labeled "Open Thread" are also great places to ask. We look forward to your contributions.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 05:58:22 AM PDT

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  •  I was so hoping that Obama would be our new (1+ / 0-)
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    raspberryberet

    FDR.  I was waiting for his new deal, but we didn't get it.  I know it is not all his fault, but we all must stand up for what we believe in and not compromise on what is right, has always been and always will be right for humanity. I had never heard this speech, and I am so glad you printed it.  I am saving it and I am passing it on to as many people as I can.  We all need to do that.

    •  It is not all Obama's fault in the sense that (0+ / 0-)

      if a little boy stabs you in the kidney with a switchblade while his older brother hits you in the face with a bat, his sister electrocutes you, his mother sets you on fire, his father backs a truck over you, and his grandfather unloads a dozen rounds of buckshot into you, it's not all the little boy's fault you're dead.

      •  That's funny and clever. (1+ / 0-)
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        But no serious person expected Obama to rescue the USA by himself. Some of us, however, did hope he could LEAD, that he could use the 'bully pulpit' - and his constitutional and customary power as President - at that crucial moment of opening he had at the end of 2008/start of 2009 to recover the sense - and the mission - of FDR, as expressed in the quoted speech above. Obama did not do so, not even close - and that was no one's fault but his own, an expression of his limitations, not of the power (real though it is) of the rat-bastards who run this country like it was their own private enterprise.

  •  The Republicans are weak, fighting themselves. (1+ / 0-)
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    Now is the time for the Democratic Party to take a stand on issues that matter to the people, and to cement themselves as the party of the new generation. Many conservatives may prefer death to allowing such "socialism" in their America, but it isn't theirs anymore. The nation is changing ownership. The politics of the Millennials will decide the future. Coulter and co. can cry all they want about not having as many white people around, but even us white folks aren't buying into their ideology anymore. They can continue digging into the ground and spouting hateful, ignorant rhetoric to their dwindling base. Meanwhile, the left needs to grow.

    Obama has been a far more centrist president than he was a candidate. But the people voted for a Democrat. I think it's about time we actually got one in office. A strong Democrat that fights for the people is exactly what we need at this time. The re-conservatization of America is over. It's time to get back to making progress. Let's put an end to the age of speaking fondly about Ronald Reagan. Let's get back to what actually works for the people.

  •  Notice that FDR's list is all about (0+ / 0-)

    people helping themselves and working for a better life. He's not demanding we give up our hard earned money and give it away to people who choose to suck off the system generation after generation.

    Liberal policies are too often based on handouts. That's why they fail.

  •  FDRs Economic Bill of Rights (1+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, you rock!  This is probably the best thing I have read in months.  The comment from Eisenhower is also much appreciated.  I was not aware he had made this comment.  It should be made very public, and a hard copy given to every right-winger together with a small tube of KY.  We are standing up for Original Intent.  WE are THE true patriots.  The opposition is promoting the political philosophy of Italian Fascism.  There is nothing American about the agenda of the GOP.  Never stop fighting.

    •  Amen! The times they are a changin'. (0+ / 0-)

      The times they are a changin'. There is no more "us/them-only us"

      Those stuck in the old way will fight the new way but the new will win out because the old way is the way of death.
      The fear spread by those of the old way is poison.

      We can counteract that by telling others of the new way-we must do it not only with words, but with actions.

      We are all made from the same dough-it is the baking that makes us "seem" different.

      I am no different than you nor are you different than me.
      It is time to live this and make it real.,

    •  Thanks for weighing in (0+ / 0-)

      Hope you'll find more at the site to engage you.

      Welcome from the DK Partners & Mentors Team. If you have any questions about how to participate here, you can learn more at the Knowledge Base or from the New Diarists Resources Diaries. Diaries labeled "Open Thread" are also great places to ask. We look forward to your contributions.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 06:08:18 AM PDT

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  •  I agreed with everything in the poll (0+ / 0-)

    but it didn't contain what I really thought of HoundDog, so I opted out.

  •  The real Rino's (0+ / 0-)

    The Republican tag was once an honorable and worthy one to stand with. However, today's so called Republicans abuse just about precept of horror and decency available to them for the sheer sake of political gain and control.

    Why is it that it seems like we are going back to what the Founding Fathers fled?

  •  DEMOCRATS NEED TO RETURN TO THESE LIBERAL IDEALS. (0+ / 0-)

    Let me begin by saying that I don't think it's some sort of radical communist or socialist idea for our government to guarantee every citizen an opportunity to achieve economic security. FDR's 1944 Economic Bill of Rights is every bit as relevant today (and perhaps even more so) as it was 70 years ago. In FDR's list, none of the rights was a decree for the government to give the people an expectation of getting something for nothing, or to create a nanny state. Instead, these principles would merely guarantee a more level playing field, thus providing a better chance for achieving success and financial security for every American, regardless of their beginnings.

    FDR's Economic Bill of Rights should be resurrected by the Democrats and used as part of their platform in upcoming elections. The Tea Party Republicans have done this with their right-wing ideals, and it's been music to their uber-conservative base's ears. The Democrats need to reformulate their own Mission Statement into one containing the party's original principles that would bring about a return to fundamental progressive ideas. Perhaps this could reignite the fires that once burned amongst liberal voters' and elicit a return to the activism and fervent participation in the electoral process that Democrats once enjoyed. As Woody Harrelson's character said in the movie "Zombieland," "IT'S TIME TO NUT UP OR SHUT UP."

  •  Give me those old time Democrats (0+ / 0-)

    Leaders like FDR, Harry S. Truman, JFK, Hubert H. Humphrey, RFK, George McGovern, Ted Kennedy, and even LBJ are why I'm a Democrat today.

    Fuck "Third-Way"-ism, it is time the party kicked it old school.

    This should be the party platform. ASAP. In 2916 no matter who the nominee is we should "make them" endorse and push for this agenda.

  •  FDR was completely right (0+ / 0-)

    And honestly, I'd add a guaranteed basic income to the list. I also feel I need to mention Medicare for all although it's kinda covered in that list, just not specifically Medicare as it wasn't around then.

    The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them. - Albert Einstein.

    by Cvstos on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 02:49:12 PM PDT

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