Thoughts on FDR and the Fight for the Four Freedoms

– A Fight We Continue Today

This past January 30th, on the birthday of Franklin D. Roosevelt, it had me thinking about the Democratic Party – and more importantly, the America – that he represented. For in the face of the existential crisis of the Great Depression and the global war against fascism, FDR called upon us to overcome our fear and take action to defend and advance the finest American ideals.

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

These ideals are encapsulated in his Four Freedoms – “Freedom of speech and expression, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, Freedom from fear” – words which inspired and encouraged his fellow citizens not only to defend those ideals, but also to progressively advance them. They were taken to heart so much so that they were emblazoned upon every service medal awarded to our military veterans for service in the Second World War. It was the mission statement for what our troops were literally fighting for at the time.

“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” – FDR

And now it is up to us to renew these vows, to pick up where that “Greatest Generation” left off, and work to see these ideals are made true and real for all Americans today. And that is what my campaign is about. I hope you will join me in the effort.

“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”

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