I enjoyed watching Ken Burns' The Roosevelts: An Intimate History last week, keeping in mind that these PBS documentary series are usually a heavy bit of American myth-making. Still, there are a few things just too glaring to hide or treat with discretion in 2014, though Burns arrogantly thinks he can.
On January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a struggling nation. He described his vision for a country built on four essential freedoms. They are as true and essential today in this time of shaky economic recovery and shifting global political dynamics as they were more than 70 years ago.