President Obama‚Äôs drive for dramatic reforms in American politics and policy is a near copycat of Franklin Delano Roosevelt‚Äôs 1944 push for a Second Bill of Rights, according to one legal scholar, Cass Sunstein.
FDR announced a Second Bill of Rights in his 1944 State of the Union speech, claiming ‚Äúwe have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence,‚ÄĚ Mr. Sunstein said, in a Bloomberg report. Among FDR‚Äôs listed rights: The rights to an adequate salary. The right to a ‚Äúuseful‚ÄĚ job. The right of farmers to earn a ‚Äúdecent living.‚ÄĚ The right of businessmen to trade absent ‚Äúunfair competition.‚ÄĚ The right to a ‚Äúdecent home.‚ÄĚ The right to ‚Äúadequate medical care.‚ÄĚ
That last, of course, is the echo of Obamacare. In an October 2008 interview with broadcaster Tom Brokaw, Mr. Obama said health care was a ‚Äúright,‚ÄĚ according to...
fdr maybe wrote: --- "FDR's maxim that "[t]he true conservative seeks to protect the system of private property and free enterprise by correcting such injustices and inequalities as arise from it. That the most serious threat to our institutions comes from those who refuse to face the need for change." (David Woolner. Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian, Roosevelt Institute)
Twisters of definitions tend to cause stomach pain. "Inequalities as arise from it"?
Sorry to preachers of FDRism, but no lover of freedom says to himself he wants to be equal.
Equity or equality? "Equity seeks fairness for diverse people, equality seeks numerically equal outcomes for different people. Equality, in the sense of similar outcomes, contradicts the basic concept of individuality and human uniqueness. All humans equal before the law leads to freedom, while material equality of outcome promotes tyranny"
Can America afford it?? Can America afford not to??
"For Roosevelt, then, government intervention in the economy was not about destroying individual liberty; it was about restoring individual liberty. It was about making capitalism work in such a way as to ensure equal economic opportunity for all Americans, not just the privileged few at the top. Above all else, it was about preserving our democratic way of life at a time when anti-democratic forces were on the rise the world over."
"FDR's maxim that "[t]he true conservative seeks to protect the system of private property and free enterprise by correcting such injustices and inequalities as arise from it. That the most serious threat to our institutions comes from those who refuse to face the need for change." (David Woolner. Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian, Roosevelt Institute)
The only reason he wants a second bill of rights is so that he can violate that too.
So, when do you think O'bummer is going to float the idea of no term limits for president? My money is that he finds a way to get that going after the mid-term elections. If he's able to get control of the house and replace a Supreme Court Judge or two--he'll probably have a reasonable chance of pulling it off. The sad thing is that many, many sheep will love to get the chance to put the Jack-ass-in-chief in there for life.