Does America Need A Second Bill Of Rights?

President Franklin Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union Address presented a second bill of rights.  Here is a breakdown of that second bill of rights that I found over at

“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.”

While all of these measures are nice, they are certainly not rights.  These are items that one works to earn.  They are the results of freedom, but not freedoms themselves.  These were never implemented in Roosevelt’s day because the government could never have managed it in the middle of a Depression.  The government could actually never manage these “rights”.  They’ve screwed up every other program Roosevelt implemented like welfare and social security.  And this second bill of rights would not work in the present either.  Especially since our economy is in one of its worst downturns.  That doesn’t stop the left from bringing this garbage out of the trash heap of history though.  In Ohio yesterday, Rep. Marcy Kaptur introduced Barack Obama to the crowd and in her opening dialogue she spoke about the second bill of rights and how it was needed and listed some of the above parts.  The Toledo Blade also discussed the second bill of rights and asked via the paper if Obama agreed with the principles in Roosevelt’s plan.  The Blade had this to say regarding an answer from Obama, “Mr. Obama declined to give a simple yes or no answer, but in a written response and in an answer to the same question shouted at him, Mr. Obama appeared to agree in principle.”  I just bet he does.


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