Norman Rockwell captured the vision of Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms.
As I understand the history of World War Two, the average person thought he or she was fighting to keep a way of life based on respect for independent thought, free speech, tolerance for religious differences, basic economic security, and freedom from war.
In his January 1941 State of the Union Address President Franklin D. Roosevelt enumerated four essential freedoms for which we as a Nation stand and for which we will fight.
“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.”
In 1941 the United States went to war with the evil called fascism.
The Allies rallied around human rights:
The Fascists focused on fear and global dominance.
Many of us would not have been born had the fascists won that war.
What is faith?
In the cynical version of history Roosevelt lied about his four freedoms; cynics point to the racism, and the homophobia of that generation, and they are right.
The people who followed a president into a war to protect essential human rights were flawed.
But they paid their taxes and voted to spent their money to build a working democracy.
They had vision and hope.
Hope and a working democracy gave birth to the civil rights Movement, to the gay rights movement, to feminism and the mid 20th Century explosion of art and ideas that lead to the internet and social media.
What is a working democracy?
A working Democracy is one in which we as a Nation talk to each other and use reason; it is one in which the people and their leaders live by and respect the rule of law.
A working democracy is one in which we have faith in our ability to make the right choices and faith in our ability to eventually do what is just, what is right and what is good, regardless of the cost.
Good and evil are the choices we make as a people.
Will we allow a corrupt tyrant to usurp our government and our freedoms or will we demand the removal of his puppet and those who work to protect him.