Whose Side Are You On?
It’s a bit hard to believe, given the current administration, but there was a time in America when there were people in power who were proud to be liberals. Seventy years ago today, FDR gave a State of the Union speech that set forth his liberal ideals in no uncertain terms.
Certainly this is no time for any of us to stop thinking about the social and economic problems which are the root cause of the social revolution which is today a supreme factor in the world. For there is nothing mysterious about the foundations of a healthy and strong democracy.
The basic things expected by our people of their political and economic systems are simple. They are:
- Equality of opportunity for youth and for others.
- Jobs for those who can work.
- Security for those who need it.
- The ending of special privilege for the few.
- The preservation of civil liberties for all.
- The enjoyment — The enjoyment of the fruits of scientific progress in a wider and constantly rising standard of living.
These are the simple, the basic things that must never be lost sight of in the turmoil and unbelievable complexity of our modern world. The inner and abiding strength of our economic and political systems is dependent upon the degree to which they fulfill these expectations.
Many subjects connected with our social economy call for immediate improvement. As examples:
- We should bring more citizens under the coverage of old-age pensions and unemployment insurance.
- We should widen the opportunities for adequate medical care.
- We should plan a better system by which persons deserving or needing gainful employment may obtain it.
That was 70 fucking years ago. How much time and treasure have we wasted? How many lives have been lived in poverty and despair? How much damage have we done to our world? And for what? To shovel more and more money into the pockets of a handful of already wealthy men.
Whose side are you on?
If you’re a liberal, be one. Proudly. Tell your neighbors and friends, and let them know exactly what you stand for. Find your cause and fight for it. We’ve wasted enough time on platitudes and playing nice. Until we find the courage to proudly call ourselves what we are, liberals, we can’t call the monsters among us what they truly are. And until we do that, they will continue to hide behind their centrist apologists who only ever provide them cover. Pick a side.
There was once a vision of how this nation and the world could be. That vision doesn’t have to die. Even though we will never be perfect, the journey toward improvement is always worth the struggle. Fight on.