Thursday, July 24, 2014

Roosevelt's Four freedoms ......


If the Congress maintains these principles, the voters,

putting patriotism ahead of pocketbooks, 

will give you their applause.

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.

That kind of world is the very antithesis of 

the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators

seek to create with the crash of a bomb.

To that new order we oppose the greater conception – 

the moral order. 

A good society is able to face schemes of world 

domination and foreign revolutions alike without fear.

Since the beginning of our American history, 

we have been engaged in change —  

in a perpetual peaceful revolution —

a revolution which goes on steadily,

quietly adjusting itself to changing conditions —

without the concentration camp or 

the quick-lime in the ditch. 

The world order which we seek is 

the cooperation of free countries,

working together in a friendly, civilized society.

This nation has placed its destiny in 

the hands and heads and hearts of its millions of 

free men and women; and

its faith in freedom under the guidance of God. 

Freedom means the supremacy of human rights 


Our support goes to those who struggle to gain 

those rights and keep them. 

Our strength is our unity of purpose.

To that high concept there can be no end save victory.