Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

July 8, 2014

Why have all the visionaries in our government disappeared?

— In his Jan. 11, 1944, State of the Union Address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt suggested that the nation had come to recognize, and should now implement a “second bill of rights.” His argument was that the “political rights” guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights had “proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.”

Roosevelt’s remedy was to declare an “economic bill of rights.” which would guarantee:

Employment with a living wage, freedom from unfair competition and monopolies, housing, medical care, education and Social Security.

He further stated that having these rights would guarantee American security, and that American’s place in the world depended upon how far these and similar rights had been carried into practice.

Unfortunately, it never came to fruition because Mr. Roosevelt died suddenly while visiting Hot Springs, Ga.

What happened to our government that we no longer have visionaries like this?

Will Ross

Bealeton, Va.

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