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FDR and the “Economic Bill of Rights”

Posted on 10 April 2011 by Editor

Originally posted 2009-08-27 21:58:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

FDRby CJ Galdes
Conservative Voices
August 26, 2009


With the most radical administration of all time in the White House, so many people have tried to figure out where the President gets his agenda from. Many point to Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” for that answer. I don’t disagree, and I think every American should read it to get an idea of what we’re looking at. However very few people are able to come up with this next source that I will share with you. FDR’s “Economic Bill of Rights.” In fact, very few people have even heard of “The Economic Bill of Rights”. I blame the liberal media and corrupt education system for covering this up. These “Big Brother figures” do their best to try to change this part of history. However some of us have caught on, and it’s time to expose where the far left gets their agenda.

“The Economic Bill of Rights” – January 11, 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.

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 our citizens.

A liberal reads this and is amazed at how compassionate it sounds. A conservative reads this and is amazed at how silly it sounds. FDR is an embarrassment to this country. What he proposed only undermined the constitution. However as thinking American’s we can take so much out of this, and I’m sure you’ve come up with some conclusions of your own. I have done the same, and here are a few things I’ve come up with:

  1. These all seem nice in a perfect world, however we don’t live in a perfect world, do we? Wake up liberals, welcome to reality. Unfortunately it would be impossible to provide things like “a house for everyone.” Don’t let this confuse you. We live in the United States of America, the land of opportunity. This means that everyone has the opportunity to have a house. Housing is not guaranteed though. If you don’t want to put forth a little effort, we’re not just going to give you housing. This was tried just recently if you will remember. In fact, this is one of the main factors that lead to our economic downturn. Providing these risky loans to people who quite frankly can’t pay them off. Oh, and who can forget LBJ’s “War on Poverty.” Maybe this is a topic for another day, but just to sum it up in one word, FAILURE! Unfortunately there is no way to completely eliminate poverty. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to help out. I’m all for helping those who are less fortunate. Private donations are a great way to help the poor (something Joe Biden knows nothing about). The problem comes when it is government regulated.
  2. If it’s not obvious to you, I’ll spell it out. THIS IS SOCIALISM! Looking back at some of these “rights” you can see that FDR wants to create a society of the rich. This sounds nice, but it’s just not possible. Not everybody can live a life of luxury. This is something that is earned. Sometimes socialism is described as the equal distribution of wealth, I disagree. There are a few definitions we must get straight. Capitalism may be the unequal distribution of wealth, but socialism is the equal distribution of poverty. When you continue to suck money out from the rich, obviously the rich get poorer. And unfortunately, as proven throughout history, the general rule of thumb is when you continue to feed this money to the poor, they just stay poor. There are a small percentage of people who just caught a few bad breaks and actually need a little boost from the government. But there are also the people who are poor, because they want to be. I’m sorry, I speak the truth, and sometimes the truth ain’t nice.
  3. Do you think that FDR was trying to represent the people when he proposed this bill? The fact of the matter is, the majority of Americans are opposed to these ideas. I’ll take an example and we’ll compare it to an issue today. You might have noticed that socialized healthcare is mentioned in this bill. Today, poll after poll shows that the majority of Americans are opposed to this idea. That goes for just about every other idea in this bill as well. Do you think our founding fathers wanted these types of things implemented in America? Of course not. The founding fathers were true capitalists. They set up the constitution to protect from these types of things happening. FDR was a left wing activist who really did not care for the constitution.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking. Of course there is much more to be said on this, but not everyone is up for reading a book on the subject. I encourage everyone to use this “Economic Bill of Right’s” and reference it when necessary. Come up with your own ideas and share this with others. They will try to hide things like this and keep them out of the history books, and it’s our job to expose it.

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CJ Galdes writes for Conservative Voices blog and also hosts a talk-radio program Friday nights at 9 pm EST http://www.blogtalkradio.com/grizzlypolitic.

He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Article has been published with the author’s permission

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