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Posted: 12/19/2009 1:48:14 PM EDT
you can thank FDR for most of them. It was FDR who called for the so-called "Second 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[1]:

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.



and we have been heading downhill at the speed of sound ever since.

just wait for what 'rights' the government will try to provide next after they get this Healthcare thing rammed down our throats.

Link Posted: 12/19/2009 4:06:16 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/19/2009 4:26:35 PM EDT
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Yes, mental illness has been around for centuries.
Link Posted: 12/19/2009 4:28:06 PM EDT
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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;
Everybody already has this right, nobody is stopping anybody from going and getting a job.

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
Nothing is stopping any farmer from working smart.

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;
This is absolutely unattainable, even in a socialist world.

The right of every family to a decent home;
Nobody is stopping anyone from getting a job in order to buy that home.

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
Everyone already has this right. Nobody has ever been turned-away from an emergency room or stopped from excercising and eating healthy.

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
We are already protected by Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment.

The right to a good education.
Everyone already has a right to be educated. They do NOT have a right to my tax dollars to do so.


Link Posted: 12/19/2009 4:39:20 PM EDT
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The bastardization of the idea of equality lays at the heart of a large number of our current troubles.

People are not, never have been, nor will ever be equal and shouldn't be treated as such except in the eyes of the law.
Link Posted: 12/19/2009 4:49:27 PM EDT
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Quoted:
The bastardization of the idea of equality lays at the heart of a large number of our current troubles.

People are not, never have been, nor will ever be equal and shouldn't be treated as such except in the eyes of the law.



and one of the main reasons is the choices we make in life. PERIOD.

Link Posted: 12/19/2009 4:54:55 PM EDT
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Quoted:
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;
Everybody already has this right, nobody is stopping anybody from going and getting a job.

The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
Nothing is stopping any farmer from working smart.

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;
This is absolutely unattainable, even in a socialist world.

The right of every family to a decent home;
Nobody is stopping anyone from getting a job in order to buy that home.

The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
Everyone already has this right. Nobody has ever been turned-away from an emergency room or stopped from excercising and eating healthy.

The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
We are already protected by Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment.

The right to a good education.
Everyone already has a right to be educated. They do NOT have a right to my tax dollars to do so.




well done
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