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Re: Today Doesn't Even Feel Like Thanksgiving

Ummm, yeah.  Sure. Okay.  

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Re: Today Doesn't Even Feel Like Thanksgiving

Freedom from Want is Norman Rockwell's famous depiction of the Third Freedom from FDR's Four Freedoms State of the Union speech.

 

From Wikipedia:

 

"The Four Freedoms Speech was given on January 6, 1941. Roosevelt's hope was to provide a rationale for why the United States should abandon the isolationist policies that emerged from World War I. In the address, Roosevelt critiqued Isolationism, saying: "No realistic American can expect from a dictator's peace international generosity, or return of true independence, or world disarmament, or freedom of expression, or freedom of religion–or even good business. Such a peace would bring no security for us or for our neighbors. "Those, who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

 

The speech coincided with the introduction of the Lend-Lease Act, which promoted Roosevelt's plan to become the "arsenal of democracy" and support the Allies (mainly the British) with much-needed supplies.

 

Furthermore, the speech established what would become the ideological basis for America's involvement in World War II, all framed in terms of individual rights and liberties that are the hallmark of American politics.

 

The speech delivered by President Roosevelt incorporated the following text, known as the "Four Freedoms":

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

 

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.

 

That is no vision of a distant millennium.

 

It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation.

 

That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.

 

— Franklin D. Roosevelt, excerpted from the State of the Union Address to the Congress, January 6, 1941
 

The declaration of the Four Freedoms as a justification for war would resonate through the remainder of the war, and for decades longer as a frame of remembrance. The Freedoms became the staple of America's war aims and the center of all attempts to rally public support for the war. With the creation of the Office of War Information (1942), as well as the famous paintings by Norman Rockwell, the Freedoms were advertised as values central to American life and examples of American exceptionalism.

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