Before our system can claim success, it must not only create a people with a higher standard of living, but people with a higher standard of character—character that must include religious faith, morality, educated intelligence, self-restraint, and an ingrained demand for justice and unselfishness. In our striving for material things, we must not change those basic principles of government and of personal conduct which create and protect the character of a people.… We cannot hope to achieve salvation by worshiping the god of the standard of living.— Robert Taft, A 1944 Program for the Republicans
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