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"The basic question before a democratic society is: 'How ought we to live together?'.... Democracy stands or falls with the truths and values which it embodies and promotes. Democracy serves what is true and right when it safeguards the dignity of every human person, when it respects inviolable and inalienable human rights, when it makes the common good the end and criterion regulating all public and social life." -- Pope John Paul II

"They too [the poor and disadvantaged] have a role to play in building a society truly worthy of the human person - a society in which none are so poor that they have nothing to give and none are so rich that they have nothing to receive." -- Pope John Paul II

"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 who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped." -- Hubert H. Humphrey (1977)

We study politics, I believe, in order to know and live such truths well.