“It was once said that the moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” Hubert H. Humphrey November 1, 1977, at the dedication of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Congressional Record, November 4, 1977, vol 123, p. 37287.
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert Einstein
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, and your values become your destiny.” — Mahatma Gandhi
“Yesterday we spoke of mercy — for the elderly, the poor, the sick and the suffering who this legislation clearly leaves behind. But this is about more than mercy, it is about common decency. Because there is nothing more universally human than the stubborn truth that fortunes change. That no one among us is immune to illness or addiction or bad luck or real loss. So we fortify a system of shared protections that are deep and strong enough to catch any brother or sister who falls. Shame on those who take that protection for granted.” Joe Kennedy III March 9, 2017
On March 8, 2017 Representative Joe Kennedy III made the following statement in response to Paul Ryan’s claims that TrumpCare is an act of mercy.
The transcript is below:
“I was struck last night by a comment that I heard made by Speaker Ryan, where he called this repeal bill ‘an act of mercy.’ With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different Scripture. The one I read calls on us to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, and to comfort the sick. It reminds us that we are judged not by how we treat the powerful, but by how we care for the least among us. Mercy.
Defined in purely secular terms; compassionate treatment for those in distress. Its kindness and it is grace. There is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury. There is no mercy in a country that turns their back on those most in need of protection: the elderly, the poor, the sick, and the suffering. There is no mercy in a cold shoulder to the mentally ill. There is no mercy in a policy that takes for granted the sweat, the tears, and the sacrifices of working Americans that they shed everyday so that they might care for their families basic needs: food, shelter, health, and hope for tomorrow. There is no mercy in the 2.6 million people who will lose their job if ObamaCare is repealed. This is not an act of mercy. It is an act of malice.”
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye