If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
Our civilization has decided, and very justly decided, that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men. It wishes for light upon that awful matter, it asks men who know no more law than I know, but who can feel the things that I felt in the jury box. When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects twelve of the ordinary men standing round. The same thing was done, if I remember right, by the Founder of Christianity.
G.K. Chesterton, The Twelve Men
Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, Who write misfortune, Which they have prescribed. To rob the needy of justice, And to take what is right from the poor of My people, That widows may be their prey, And that they may rob the fatherless.
The only title in our Democracy superior to that of President is the title of Citizen.
Louis Brandeis, 1937
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
In urging Congress to pass the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, “A self-supporting and self-respecting democracy can plead…no economic reason for chiseling workers’ wages or stretching workers’ hours.” More than seven decades have gone by since the FLSA was enacted, yet violations of our nation’s wage and hour laws and other fundamental workplace protections continue to run rampant, particularly against more vulnerable populations such as immigrant and low-wage workers.
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Let us, each of us, now embrace with solemn duty and awesome joy what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.
President Barack Obama, 2013
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