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Second Bill of Rights

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I’d never heard of this:
From Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Bill_of_Rights ):
“The Second Bill of Rights was a proposal made by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his State of the Union Address on January 11, 1944 to suggest that the nation had come to recognize, and should now implement, a second bill of rights. ”

Whether you consider this a blueprint for government expansion and intervention or a manifesto, I think it is interesting he used the words “rights”. If they are rights, and we intend to implement them federally, shouldn’t we amend the constitution?

Here is the relevant part of the speech:
“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.”

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We are so frickin’ globalized

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OK, having been more liberal on some issues and now leaning a little more conservative and still totally confused, here are some thoughts:

The main reason I consider myself leaning more conservative now is that my former mentality was more often looking to the government to fix stuff: cheap or free health insurance for my minimum-wage working existence, rein in corporations, end poverty, stop racism, create jobs, save the environment, etc.

And I don’t know. The founding fathers seemed to have gone to a bit of trouble to limit the power of government and attempt to ensure some sovereignty and it just seems weird that now we’re all begging for larger government.

But I don’t have any solutions. We are so frickin’ globalized. Even the organic farmers’ market produce probably depends on something at least two states away. And that’s about as local as you get these days. Meanwhile we’re buying clothing, etc., that’s been around the world and the corn we (Indiana) grow is used (at least some of it) in junk food, etc. Can we grow wheat or make leavened (personal preference) bread from corn meal instead of shipping it all (hopefully non-GMO) off? Can we build mesh networks to connect without a global infrastructure? I’m not anti-trade, but this is ridiculous. Meanwhile I work for an ivory tower …

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