Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Gordon Brown Speaks to Congress

Addressing the US Congress last week, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke about our responsibility to help the helpless. He challenged the wealthy to change their priorities, aiding those in poverty before addressing their own needs.

"At their best, our values tell us that we cannot be wholly content while others go without, cannot be fully comfortable while millions go without comfort, cannot be truly happy while others grieve alone. And this too is true. All of us know that in a recession the wealthiest, the ten most powerful and the most privileged can find a way through for themselves.

So we do not value the wealthy less when we say that our first duty is to help the not so wealthy.
We do not value the powerful less when we say that our first responsibility is to help the powerless. And we do not value those who are secure less when we say that our first priority must be to help the insecure."

Full text of the speech here.