FDR, in a well-known speech on January 6, 1941, put words to the process [of systematic attacks on the principles of liberty] in his odious For Freedoms Speech. His first two freedoms restated the First Amendment: freedom of speech and expression and freedom of religion. The Constitution was clear, however, that the First Amendment, as the others, was originally intended to apply to the Congress and the federal government. [...] Roosevelt changed this. FDR not only implied that enforcement was a federal matter but emphasized that he was issuing a world mandate, applying the phrase "everywhere in the world" to each of his listed "freedoms".
FDR's third freedom was "Freedom from Want—Everywhere in the World". [...] Pursuing a policy of "freedom from want" is nothing more than a license to steal. Such a program guarantees poverty for the masses and power to the government elite. To describe an "absence of want" as a right for every individual mocks the notion that every individual has a right to his or her life and responsibility for it. [...] Roosevelt's fourth freedom was "Freedom from Fear"—as if it was only so easy! Hardly does any government, whose goal it is to expand its authority over the people, sincerely want to eliminate fear. It is fear, pumped up by those in authority, that frightens the people into begging for the government to protect them from the perceived ravages of the free market economy and the infidels about to attack us.Ron Paul adds Eleanor Roosevelt made sure these "four freedoms" were added to the UN's Declaration of Human Rights.
The idea of freedom from want and fear as a mandate of government opens up Pandora's box.Governments don't produce anything, so they must steal from some to give to others. This level of government intervention is fatally inefficient, and contradicts what makes America great:
The Founders of our country rejected this goal, knowing it was an impossible task for government and would only bring us hardship. Instead of freedom meaning that the government is responsible for redistributing wealth to make sure all have "freedom from want," it should instead be understood that true freedom is based on the moral principle that each of us has a right to our life and liberty and the fruits of our labor.Much more in this chapter, do give it a full read.
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