Photo of a billboard in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1949
by Charles “Teenie” Harris. Pittsburgh Courier Archives.

And as a friend of mine says, you have to be brave to be free in the US.

The Republicans want to keep US snivelling cowards. Before al-Qaeda, before Saddam Hussein, before Willie Horton, the message has always been Be Afraid! And the current Republican message, from the President and all the Republican presidential candidates, is still Be Afraid! Stay in a state of total unreasoning, unjustified terror! And vote Republican while you are there.

That is a long way from:

. . . the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.


I would dedicate this Nation to the policy of the good neighbor—the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others—the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a world of neighbors.