The Roots of Violence:
Wealth without work,
Pleasure without conscience,
Knowledge without character,
Commerce without morality,
Science without humanity,
Worship without sacrifice,
Politics without principles.
If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind,
someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions,
someone who cares about the welfare of the people -
their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs,
their civil rights and their civil liberties -
someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and
suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad,
if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”,
then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”
John F. Kennedy
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired
signifies in the final sense,
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers,
the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
This is not a way of life at all in any true sense.
Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The loud little handful will shout for war.
The pulpit will warily and cautiously protest at first…
The great mass of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes,
and will try to make out why there should be a war,
and they will say earnestly and indignantly:
“It is unjust and dishonorable and there is no need for war.”
Then the few will shout even louder…
Before long you will see a curious thing:
anti-war speakers will be stoned from the platform,
and free speech will be strangled by hordes of furious men
who still agree with the speakers but dare not admit it …
Next, statesmen will invent cheap lies,
putting blame upon the nation that is attacked,
and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities,
and will diligently study them,
and refuse to examine any refutations of them;
and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just,
and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
War remains the decisive human failure.
In any war, the first casualty is common sense, and the second is free and open discussion.
There was never a good war or a bad peace.