Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as ina day of slaughter.
Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you....the loss of 'constitutional morality,' the weakening of the authority of parents, pastors, priests,the sense of distance between governor and governed, the hopeless feeling that one does not count... We find ourselves, therefore, between those ready and anxious to scrap democracy onthe one hand, and on the other, faint hears unwilling to defend it.Shall we 'call it a day' and quit? Have we become so soft that we are no longer willing to fight, asour fathers did...? If so, we have sinned beyond absolution. The fault will not be in our leaders,whether statesmen or rabble-rousers. It will be in us. - Samuel Pettengill, a Democratic congressman, 1937