January 19, 2009

Quote for Today

Let us ask again: Have we reached the goal of our vision of that fourth day of March 1933?
Have we found our happy valley?
I see a great nation, upon a great continent,
blessed with a great wealth of natural resources…
I see a United States which can demonstrate that,
under democratic methods of government,
national wealth can be translated into a spreading volume
of human comforts hitherto unknown…
But here is the challenge to our democracy:
In this nation I see tens of millions of its citizens…
who at this very moment are denied
the greater part of what the very lowest standards
of today call the necessities of life…
The test of our progress
is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much;
it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little…

Second Inaugural Address,
Franklin D. Roosevelt,
Wednesday, January 20, 1937