Saturday February 8th 2020

“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


Thursday July 4th 2019

This Land Is Your Land

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island; 
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters 
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway, 
I saw above me that endless skyway: 
I saw below me that golden valley: 
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps 
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts; 
And all around me a voice was sounding: 
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling, 
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling, 
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting: 
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there 
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.” 
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing, 
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people, 
By the relief office I seen my people; 
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking 
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me, 
As I go walking that freedom highway; 
Nobody living can ever make me turn back 
This land was made for you and me.

~ Woody Guthrie

Thursday October 26th 2017

“The personal attacks,
the threats against principles,
freedoms, and institutions,
and the flagrant disregard for truth and decency,
the reckless provocations,
most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons,
reasons having nothing whatsoever
to do with the fortunes of the people
that we have been elected to serve.
None of these appalling features
of our current politics
should ever be regarded as normal.”
~ Senator Jeff Flake more