Tuesday, August 31, 2010
FDR's Second Bill of Rights
Text from here:
It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.
As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
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 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.
For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.
How I wish the US had pursued these with all its might. I wish it still would.
pax hominibus,agape to all,joel
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Re: Today, it's time to commit to vote
- YOU SHOULD BE ALLOTTING $100 BILLION OR MORE toward alternative energy.
- You should be cutting the military budget by at least $300 billion per year. Get us out of these wars, and off of oil!
- You need to create jobs in the public sector. Raise taxes against those who have been raking it in the last decade. If the elite of this country are holding you hostage, get some gonads, already!
- What was all this about health insurance reform? NO public option!?? NOT EVEN TALKING ABOUT single payer!?!?
- Get leading on making DADT history, and get a federal constitutional amendment in favor of rights for all to marry!
- Get a GRIP ON THE FCC. We need half of our airwaves to go toward democratically-elected media. GIVING THE AIRWAVES to large corporations for such a small amount==pathetic.
"Holy is what you do when there is nothing between your actions and the truth."
Eighteen years ago, shortly after graduating from law school, I helped lead a voter registration campaign in Chicago that generated record turnout on Election Day.
That experience taught me one of the most important lessons I ever learned as a community organizer: When people promise that they'll do something -- like voting -- they are far more likely to do it.
That's why one key part of our Vote 2010 plan this year is to get folks like you from across the country to commit to vote, to make sure we get as many people as we can to cast their ballots this fall.
But getting the commitments we need starts with your own promise to make it to the polls and cast your ballot.
Will you please commit to vote in the 2010 elections?
Over the next 82 days, volunteers across the country will spend countless hours calling voters and knocking on their doors, asking them the same question.
And you can bet that I am counting on you to join them in talking to voters in your community.
This election offers a stark choice. We Democrats are hard at work trying to move America forward, repairing a decade of damage and growing an economy based on the Main Street values of hard work and responsibility.
We've fought for and won historic reforms to our health care system, a victory 100 years in the making, and to Wall Street, the most sweeping overhaul of the financial system since the Great Depression.
But after years of policies that landed us in the worst recession since the 1930's, the Republicans who got us there have not come up with anything different from the policies of George W. Bush.
We simply cannot afford to go backwards or let them repeal our reforms. And making sure we can continue moving forward starts with your own promise to cast your ballot in these elections.
Please commit to vote this fall:
President Barack Obama
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
My profile pics from Facebook
"oh the canvass can do miracles, just you wait and see"
from Sailing, by Christopher Cross
colors:orange blue yellow
mood: awake, overwhelmed, relaxed
chant/prayer/mantra: thank spirit of life for life
pax hominibus,agape to all,joel
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Quick list of industries that would fight against cannabis legalization
- Alcohol and Tobacco companies (competing recreational interests)
- Pharmaceutical companies (competing medicinal interests -- they try to derive Marinol, which is only THC)
- Corn-Ethanol producers (competing with hemp, when hemp can create much more oil/acre)
- Oil companies (competing with hemp oil when it's easy to grow, compared to difficult to extract)
- Cotton and other textiles industries (hemp lasts longer, doesn't shrink, easier to produce)
- Timber (hemp can be made into paper and similar products, plus can be grown much more quickly than trees)
- Agribusiness support such as Monsanto (hemp grows SO easily and doesn't require special seeds. it's more nutritious and the seeds in cereals, etc, have more fiber)
- Law enforcement (as long as hemp and cannabis are illegal, there is definite job security)
- Prison industry, including the privately-run prisons (1% of US population in prison, over half that non-violent drug users..., and the prisons get paid per prisoner)
- The military supply industry, and also many corporations such as Target Stores, Microsoft, Motorola, etc, because "Hey, prison labor is dirt cheap!"
- Politicians whose bases believe the rhetoric. They fear that if they stand up against prohibition, they will be voted out.
- Drug cartels in Mexico and the US, which make tons of money because everything they do is under the table, and they get paid a ton compared to what their product would cost if it were legal.
- Cannabis growing farms for dispensaries, and all of the niches that have sprung up as a result of the "pseudo-legality" of Cannabis, such as pot-docs, ID card places, and dispensaries. With legalization, they would have to compete in a much tighter market, and the jobs of pot-docs and ID card manufacturers would dissolve. And good riddance.