Who said it?
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, 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."
You might be surprised to learn the author of this quote is former Republican President, General Dwight D. Eisenhower. We live in an era of partisan squabbles over government spending and military deployment. It's easy to think we're the first generation facing tough economic times and difficult budget decisions.
Yet, our ancestors elected leaders, paid taxes, and complained about it, just like we do today, but one thing is new: Technology. Scientists have figured out a way for farmers to grow enough food to end hunger. Computers have changed the way we conduct warfare, without loss of life.
With faith in the brilliant minds of our fellow human beings and faith in a magnificent Higher Power, we will soon see the hopes of our children fully realized.
Guide Our Leaders
Thank You for the gentle reminder
that there is a higher authority.
Even as kings and presidents set events
into motion and change the course of history.
We ask Your blessing on the ones who hold earthly power.
Let them feel the impact their actions have
on families, on our elders, on the earth.
Hold our lives in Your hand,
as we all forge the future together.-Ruth Williams