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Friday, August 08, 2008


Whatever happened to the Four Freedoms?

Ever since President Franklin Roosevelt's State of the Union address, Americans have talked about the "Four Freedoms" - freedom of speech and expression, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. In recent days (and probably for much longer, but it seems to have been really noticeable in recent days), George Bush has repeatedly talked about only two freedoms, as he did today in China:
"We must...continue to be candid about our belief that all people should have the freedom to say what they think and worship as they choose."
So, George, what ever happened to that "freedom from want" and "freedom from fear" (which, by the way, includes the fear of being homeless, hungry, and/or hopeless)? As the leader of a country with more and more people losing those freedoms (and having their "freedom to say what they think" frequently restricted to "protest zones" where they can say whatever they want because no one will be able to hear them anyway, and even if they could, the corporate media wouldn't pay any attention), it seems there are some freedoms George would just as soon not discuss.

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