A little-known statement of Franklin D. Roosevelt, outright ignored by history books, alluded to in only one sentence in a short biography, and only one paragraph in the definitive editions, the so-called "Economic Bill of Rights" is almost as ignored as FDR's favorite color is. Yet within this small statement is the encompassment of all of FDR's beliefs and motives for his New Deal programs, his efforts in civil rights, and general philosophy as to how Americans should be treated by their government.
The Economic Bill of Rights called for the United States Government to assist the common people in establishing a certain quality of life for every one of its citizens. It stated that every citizen should have a house, enough to eat and a job. Roosevelt challenged Congress to help make this lofty ambition happen. However he was shrugged off by all of the politicians, the Republicans accusing him of patronizing the people, and the Democrats provided him with a plethora of excuses about how impossible it was.
FDR's mission was a noble one. From this tiny, seemingly insignificant detail we all can take a lesson from this failed Bill of Rights. FDR incarnated all of the moral messages drilled into our heads from youth by parents, clergy, and schools, and actually tried to make it happen.
All the kind and happy sentiment in the world cannot substitute for action. After all, some have said that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." Regardless of your philosophy, the universal truth is "actions speak louder than words", and for this reason the Economic Bill of Rights is significant and special.