FDR’s Four Freedoms
October 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
It took a while, but frankly, I think the timing of the opening of this park is actually quite perfect. As we enter these next few weeks with the election, I urge you keep the four freedoms in mind, and how your voice, opinions and vote impact others. We are not just voting for ourselves, or what will happen to us. We are voting for what will happen to the millions of people who all have different perspectives, different opinions, different worship activities, different powers, different amounts of money, different needs, different struggles, different opportunities. Together, we make this country what it is.
Together, we all deserve the same freedoms, of which respect for others is paramount.
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. That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, excerpted from the State of the Union Address to the Congress, January 6, 1941