Monthly Archives: September 2013

The “Four Freedoms” FDR’s Address to Congress January 6, 1941

From Congressional Record, 1941, Vol. 87, Pt. I.:

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want — which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants — everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear — which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor– anywhere in the world.

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The Case for a 21st Century New Deal: A Stronger People’s Post Office

Post Office

The United States Postal Service has always been a cornerstone of American society since Ben Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General back in 1775. That’s 238 years of continuous service to the public.

For over two centuries, it’s primarily been how we communicate with each other in addition to the telephone. Personal cards for birthdays, anniversaries, and what not. Bills received and paid. Advertising (sometimes too much advertising). Magazine subscriptions. Medicine. Throughout the country it varies: the Post Office in Alaska is a lifeline since people are spread out instead of right next to each other, includes delivery of groceries and more normal everyday stuff that UPS or FedEx decline to deliver.

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JFK’s “Peace” Speech

“The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough—more than enough—of war and hate and oppression.” – JFK, June 10, 1963, American University Commencement  Address

2013 is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK.  

On June 10, 1963, he gave the commencement address at American University, which is widely regarded as one of the most important speeches by a president ever.

The Cuban Missile Crisis had only happened in October 1962, a scant eight months before. In this speech, JFK laid out a vision and a plan for peace with Russia at the height of the Cold War by announcing the development of the the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and his decision to suspend all atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons.  

JFK’s American University Commencement Address

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Because of his experience in WWII in the South Pacific, JFK knew first-hand that war is tragic and horrific.

As November approaches and we consider current events, take time and listen to an alternative amid the constant drumbeat for war.

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The Case for a 21st Century New Deal: Adding 4.5 Million Doctors and Nurses

You may not realize it, but the U.S. currently has a doctor shortage.

Not only doctors, but nurses, dentists and eye doctors too. And it’s going to get worse. And as with all shortages, prices for visits to the doctor’s office will increase as well as the cost of health insurance.

Current Population & Projected Trends
The current population is about 316 million.  That includes approximately 46 million seniors; that’s projected to be about 83 million seniors in 2030.

The Census Bureau projects that the U.S. will have 438 million people by 2050 after factoring in births, deaths, and immigration.

Doctor Shortage
Currently, the U.S. has 954,000 physicians. For a current population of 316 million, that works out to 331 patients for each doctor.  But the real ratio is spread out very unevenly.

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