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  •  A few guys gathered together in Philadelphia (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Chas 981, boofdah, zett

    in 1787, and this is what they said,

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
    then, if there was any question, all of the States, passed the 1st Amendment, to make sure that everybody understood,
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed an economic Bill of Rights in his 11th State of the Union Address:
    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.

    Now, we can argue about what Jesus said, or we can implement what the founding fathers said.  I think that what our government ought to be doing is promoting the General Welfare, so that nobody in our nation goes hungry and nobody dies from inadequate health care.

    "Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?" Will Rogers offering advice to the Republican Party.

    by NM Ray on Mon May 20, 2013 at 11:02:12 AM PDT

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