Skip to comments.Decades late, FDR memorial park is ready to open on island in NYC's East River
Posted on 10/17/2012 3:07:17 AM PDT by outofsalt
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, on the southern tip of 2-mile-long Roosevelt Island between the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, is being dedicated Wednesday in a ceremony to be attended by dignitaries including former President Bill Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The park is named after Roosevelt's Jan. 6, 1941, State of the Union address, known as the Four Freedoms Speech. Given before America got involved in World War II, Roosevelt said the way to justify the enormous sacrifice of war was to create a world centered on four essential human freedoms: freedom of speech and expression; freedom of worship; freedom from want; and freedom from fear. The words were later incorporated into the charter of the United Nations, which Roosevelt helped create.
1. Freedom of speech and expression
2. Freedom of worship
3. Freedom from want
4. Freedom from fear
The first two are self-evident ideas associated with basic human rights and dignity. The latter two are delusional, utopian constructs that attempt to shield people from the unfortunate realities of human existence. There is no such thing as freedom from want and fear. Want and fear are part of the human condition no matter how hard we try to delude ourselves otherwise.
Personally, I think this has turned us into a nation of 'effing p#ssies -- who walk around demanding government intervention to address all of their wants and "protect" them from anything and everything that might cause them some kind of anxiety. What are we -- children in bed at night who need Mommy or Daddy to come in and slay the monsters in the dark closet?
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