Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

It took six weeks of debate in the Senate to get the Arms Embargo Law repealed—and we face other delays during the present session because most of the Members of the Congress are thinking in terms of next Autumn's election. However, that is one of the prices that we who live in democracies have to pay. It is, however, worth paying, if all of us can avoid the type of government under which the unfortunate population of Germany and Russia must exist.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. letter, Jan. 4, 1940, to Crown Prince Olav of Norway. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 302, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

Although he was sometimes frustrated with the short- sightedness of the Congress and the public concerning where the national interest might lie in facing the dictators, the President still believed that the democracies held the upper hand in the end because the system under which they operated was superior, and he had faith that eventually the good sense of the electorate would lead them to the proper responses.
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