I was driving on Route 31 towards Syracuse for a rally in protest of oil drilling in Alaska (more on that in another post) when I passed by this mural just outside of Weedsport, NY. It is entitled "The Four Freedoms from President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union". The speech is worth looking up and reading, especially now. I implore you to read it.
It is, first and foremost, a call to arms against the oppressive forces of dictators in the second World War, but more importantly a direction for the nation to grow after the war was done. The "Four Freedoms" are a vision beyond what the Constitution guarantees, and are a natural progression for us. They are a first step of achievement, after a brutal and bitter conflict, towards progress and prosperity.
It is nice to see this commemorated in our landscape. I hope it inspires you today as you think of engaging our leaders on topics such as health care, environmental conservation, equal rights, and even net neutrality.