Two Truths

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Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

I am still out at my Chaplain training symposium and since I don’t have much free time I am posting this thought from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He wrote to Congress these words:

“Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people.

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism—ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.

The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living.

Both lessons hit home.

Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing…”

Sound familiar?

Have a great day,

Peace

Padre Steve+

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