GOP platform in 1956

We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs—expansion of social security—broadened coverage in unemployment insurance —improved housing—and better health protection for all our people. We are determined that our government remain warmly responsive to the urgent social and economic problems of our people.

…The spirit of our people is the strength of our nation.

America does not prosper unless all Americans prosper.

Government must have a heart as well as a head.

Courage in principle, cooperation in practice make freedom positive.

Romney was right: the past was indeed an idyllic one.


41 thoughts on “GOP platform in 1956

  1. Seriously? No historical context? This is only twenty years after Herbert Hoover, you know. That’s why the platform was written that way, to cast off Hoover’s shadow.

    And please, must we cite the early-postwar social democratic ideals of the American elite? It’s only been 60 years. Their vision of society crashed and burned in the inflation of the 1970s. If those ideas were capable of working, people like Chris Blattman wouldn’t be doing development research today; the problems he solves would have been solved, already.