I have thought a great deal about the Occupy movement of the past year, and I have both joy and concern. I am going to commemorate its birthday with a mildly abridged quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt, who shortly before his untimely demise advocated that the nation adopt a Second Bill of Rights:
“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 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.
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 all our citizens…
For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.