I found this page while working on my new computer. The big deal is that Obama plans on being “aggressive” tomorrow in his SOTU speech. All of these speeches are a bunch of crap, naturally. They just exist to make Americans feel good about themselves. Then there are responses from the opposition parties and media pundits circlejerk about the meaning of all of this and so it goes.
Anyway, I thought some of these quotes were really good, if you can close your eyes and imagine that this our past presidents really mean it.
I thought Franklin D. Roosevelt’s was the best:
“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.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jan. 6, 1941
I wish, FDR… I wish.