Monday, September 11, 2006

Words of Wisdom

"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 -- 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 strength of our economic and political systems is dependent upon the degree to which they fulfill these expectations."

With a few edits, doesn't this sound like a poll-tested progressive message on the economy--something Barack Obama might say? Many will know that it is an excerpt from FDR's four freedoms speech to Congress in 1941. What's striking is how the message demands mutual responsibility between citizens and government, but is realistic enough to appreciate the need for a back up system of aid. And it embraces progress - advancement into the future but reminds us that there is no economic development if human development falls short. Put this in your bookmarks.
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