FDR, LBJ, and Donald Trump

I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog today at the following link: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/07/19/opinion-health-care-is-a-right-not-a-luxury/

Time for a reposting and a reminder of what America has the potential even yet to become:

Speech by FDR, his “Second Bill of Rights”, carried forward by LBJ in his Great Society and absent from the American scene under Republican domination for the past 45 years. Time for a re-emergence and a re-dedication in America for the dreams of America by FDR and LBJ:


Excerpt: “Roosevelt’s speech[edit]
During Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the US Congress on the State of the Union, he said the following:[2]

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.”[3] 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.

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.”

NOTE: And, those superwealthy Republicans have been trying to kill FDR’s social programs since the 1930s, going full steam ahead to do so, in secret, since the 1970s until the present. I call their motivations excessive greed and selfishness.


“In follow-up to my remarks earlier regarding superwealthy Republicans having tried to kill the social programs of FDR and LBJ because of inordinate greed and selfishness, I wish to point out that their political ideology is based upon the premise that human beings are inherently UNEQUAL and, thus, their views are not consistent with the Founding Fathers’ essential premise that all men are created equal, with certain inalienable rights deserved by all people, as a result.

Their position all too often is consistent with the business and military mind, not the philosophical and educational minds of Thomas Jefferson and Barack Obama.

The author of the newly released book, “Devil’s Bargain,” about Trump and Bannon, quoted from his book tonight in which Donald Trump had stated that he had been in a superior, “killer” occupation in the business world in which he had worked with business moguls who were “19 levels above” those people who work in government. Government work would be a clinch for him, he had said. That arrogant attitude of many in the business community underscores a philosophical belief that human beings are inherently unequal. This is counter to the American spirit, dream, and experiment which is still unfolding. Trump must go because his is a belief that denies that all people are created equal, which leads to a highly stratified society of business rulers and peons within the working and service classes.”

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6 Responses to FDR, LBJ, and Donald Trump

  1. A right is a moral principle defining and sanctioning each person’s freedom of action in a social context. Thus the rights in the original Bill of Rights are really rights, but the rights in FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights” are not. Monopolies are created by government interference, not by the free market.

    • I believe that human beings are evolving in a more spiritual state of consciousness and that was the reason for FDR’s and LBJ’s thinking regarding the need for social programs formed through our government. I further believe that the Era of Greed is about to run its course as a backlash to the common welfare thinking of FDR and LBJ, and that humankind will slowly, but surely, start to understand that we are our brothers’ keepers and that he is also ours. MLK: “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

      • dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

        We must think of each other and treat each other as individuals, not as members of collectives of any kind, genetically defined or otherwise. We must have proper respect for one another, including one another’s rights. Unfortunately, some still have not learned this. Also unfortunately, some with the best of intentions do not understand rights well enough. It is these sorts of lack or learning and lack of understanding that can destroy us. It is not necessary for us to be each other’s keepers. It is not necessary for us to view everyone as we would view a sibling with whom we have a good relationship.

      • dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

        I see a typo in my post, “Lack or learning” should be “lack of learning”.

  2. I wrote, about 8 months ago on Jay Bookman’s blog, that the combination of (1) Donald Trump’s ineptitude and arrogance which would create U. S. failure in the world and that that fact, (2) in combination with the Barack Obama’s vision for the United States to ‘lead from behind with moral authority,’ would thrust the United States into becoming the impetus whereby all of the nations of the world would now see that they (like all people) are inherently equal, in the world of the 21st century, and that this emerging egalitarian consciousness would forge a new interdependence of nations and people upon one another in order to insure our mutual survival on this isolated planet in this universe?
    God does work in mysterious ways.

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