Thursday, November 25, 2010

"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 system are simple. They are:




Equality of opportunity for youth and others;

Jobs for those who can work;

Security for those who need it;

The ending of the special privileges for the few;

The preservation of civil liberties for all;



The enjoyment of the fruits of scientific progress in a wider and constantly rising standard of living."



- Franklin D. Roosevelt

2 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

Let me sharpen that point a little to stress the First Amendment.

"The preservation of civil liberties for all;"

Political scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita says that true democracy depends on having not only true elections, but freedom of assembly and freedom of speech.

http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2007/02/bruce_bueno_de.html

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