Compare and Contrast
I offer you an excerpt from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's speech before Congress on January 6 1941.
I have spent a few hours writing an entry to share my perspective and oddly enough the vagaries of the cyberworld saw it disappear without even a fizzle. Blink, gone...
Here are President Roosevelt's words. I'll leave you to compare and contrast them with the actions and words of the present White House Occupant.
Me? I'll get back to it tomorrow. It is late and the sudden absence of so much thought from the computer screen has broken my flow and just plain HURT.
"The Four Freedoms" , an excerpt.
The nation takes great satisfaction and much
strength from the things which have been done to
make its people conscious of their individual stake in the
preservation of democratic life in America. Those things have
toughened the fiber of our people, have renewed their faith
and strengthened their devotion to the institutions we make ready to protect.
Certainly this is no time for any of us to stop
thinking about the social and economic problems which are
the root cause of the social revolution which is today a
supreme factor in the world. For there is nothing mysterious
about the foundations of a healthy and strong democracy.
The basic things expected by our people of their political
and economic systems are simple.
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 straight 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 have called for personal sacrifice, and I am assured
of the willingness of almost all Americans to respond
to that call. A part of the sacrifice means the payment
of more money in taxes. In my budget message
I will recommend that a greater portion of this great defense program
be paid for from taxation than we are paying for today.
No person should try, or be allowed to get rich out of the program,
and the principle of tax payments in accordance with ability
to pay should be constantly before our eyes to guide our
If the congress maintains these principles the voters,
putting patriotism ahead pocketbooks, will give you their
In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look
forward to a world founded upon four essential human
The first is freedom of speech and expression--
everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship
God in his own way-- everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want, which, translated
into world terms, means economic understandings
which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime
life for its inhabitants --everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear, which,
translated into world terms, means a world-wide
reduction of armaments to such a point and
in such a thorough fashion that no nation
will be in a position to commit an act of physical
aggression against any neighbor -anywhere in the world.
That is no vision of a distant millennium.
It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable
in our own time and generation.
That kind of world is the very antithesis of
the so-called "new order" of tyranny which
the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.
To that new order we oppose the greater conception
--the moral order. A good society is able to face
schemes of world domination and foreign revolutions
alike without fear.
Since the beginning of our American history we have
been engaged in change, in a perpetual, peaceful
revolution, a revolution which goes on steadily, quietly,
adjusting itself to changing conditions without the
concentration camp or the quicklime in the ditch.
The world order which we seek is the cooperation of
free countries, working together in a friendly,
This nation has placed its destiny in the hands, heads and
hearts of its millions of free men and women, and its faith
in freedom under the guidance of God. Freedom means the
supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to
those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our
strength is our unity of purpose.
To that high concept there can be no end save victory.
Read "Heir to the Holocaust: Prescott Bush, 1.5 million dollars and Auschwitz; How the Bush Family Wealth is linked to the Holocaust" to see what the Bush family was up to as FDR gave this State Of the Union Address.