Hubert Humphrey, Vice President under Lyndon B. Johnson and Democratic Presidential nominee in 1968, said the following during his last speech on November 1, 1977 in Washington, DC:
“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.”
Tip O’Neill, Congressman and famous Cantabrigian, who got his political start when he lost the election for a seat on the Cambridge City Council, kept the Humphrey credo of government in his office from 1977 forward.
Read more about Tip O’Neill and his childhood in North Cambridge in his memoir, Man of the House: The life and Political Memoirs of Speaker Tip O”Neill, here.
Tip O’Neill, 55th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.