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Hubert Humphrey
Born May 27, 1911.  Died January 13, 1978.  United States Senator.  38th Vice President of the United States.   Presidential candidate in 1968.

  • When people generally are aware of a problem, it can be said to have entered the public consciousness. When people get on their hind legs and holler, the problem has not only entered the public consciousness; it has also become a part of the public conscience. At that point, things in our democracy begin to hum.

  • A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.

  • The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.

  • The President is the peopleís lobbyist.

  • Slumism is the pent-up anger of people living on the outside of affluence. Slumism is decay of structure and deterioration of the human spirit. Slumism is a virus which spreads through the body politic. As other "isms," it breeds disorder and demagoguery and hate.

  • Today we know that World War II began not in 1939 or 1941 but in the 1920ís and 1930ís when those who should have known better persuaded themselves that they were not their brotherís keeper.

  • The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.