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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

life as we know it

are you guys bored of living a routine day in and day out?
don't you ever feel like letting everything go and just exploring the world out there?
that's what i often feel like i want to do.

the problem is that in order to do that, you need money.
to gain that money you need a job, and on top of that you need to put in the hours on the job to earn that money. when you receive that paycheck you have some of it going to state and federal taxes, living expenses: food, utilities and your everyday spending habits etc.

i was thinking back to simpler time before we all got so greedy and when things were working out great for our society. did capitalism ruin us? our dollar isn't worth much nowadays and it's a shame...

imagine if our late president Franklin D. Roosevelt had gotten his wish when he declared a second bill of rights for the citizens of the united states?

here is an excerpt from fdr's state of the union address in 1944:

"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.” 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.

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

all very valid and good points made by fdr...alas fdr passed away shortly after and his dream/plan was never realized. what would have been if we had passed a second bill of rights? should we push for a change? our economy is in dire straits. or is it too late?

what is your say?

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