We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When ye olde brain is hungy for a completely new thought or piece of info, ye olde fingertips often click on One Cosmos or, in this case, on View From 1776 in which, in a discussion of social contracts, he quotes from FDR in 1944 asserting something that I did not know had ever been so clearly spoken:
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.
This guy ran for President four times and tried to control the Supreme Court in ways no-one had before or has since, but I will not launch into an anti-FDR rant right now. It is just interesting to see how he invented a "second bill of rights" out of whole cloth and, in the process, undermined the entire independent, family-centered American way of life.
"We have accepted, so to speak..." Huh? What? This is noblesse oblige in its most insidious, malignant form, with the royal "we." I'm the prole, you are the Great Benefactor, right?
Another question: How come they never include free legal care on the lists? That would seem basic for a country with rule by law.
How many people still believe that this sort of stuff is actually in the Constitution?
The UN's 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights picks up on the same ideas:
1.“Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security …”
2.“Everyone has the right to … protection against unemployment.”
3.“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for thehealth and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services …”
4.“Everyone has the …. right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
I think you have quite missed the point when you portray Rooseveldt's use of "We" as being the "royal plural." What should he have said? "I?" It's only the egomaniac dictators of this world that speak in the great "I."
He said "We" because he was referring not only to himself, but to the obvious consensus of the American people, who chose to elect him four times. He also, no doubt, was referring to all those who worked with him in the New Deal in the effort to pull America back up out of the gutter where she had been left. Sadly but predictably, the gutter is where most Americans usually find themselves if the "Laissez faire" lot is left in power for too long.
BTW, Rooseveldt never intended the "Second Bill" to become part of the Constitution, so the "whole cloth" remark has no bearing here. It was meant, rather, to be something that was strived for by government. Once again, not totally his idea. It was Jefferson, in the Declaration, that stated that the pursuit of happiness was one of the three broad "Rights" for which governments are instituted to secure for their people.