Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression of others has increased in Vietnam. There is not, and there will not be, a mindless escalation.
This is not a jungle war, but a struggle for freedom on every front of human activity.
We still seek no wider war.
Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance.
True poverty does not come from God.
For the first time in our history it is possible to conquer poverty.
This Congress did more to uplift education, more to attack disease in this country and around the world, and more to conquer poverty than any other session in all American history, and what more worthy achievements could any person want to have? For it was the Congress that was more true than any other Congress to Thomas Jefferson’s belief that: ‘The care of human life and happiness is the first and only legitimate objective of good Government.’
This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.
Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.
Education is ‘the guardian genius of our democracy.’ Nothing really means more to our future, not our military defenses, not our missiles or our bombers, not our production economy, not even our democratic system of government. For all of these are worthless if we lack the brain power to support and sustain them.
For it was only after I could become President of this country that I could really see in all its hopeful and troubling implications just how much the hopes of our citizens and the security of our Nation and the real strength of our democracy depended upon the learning and the understanding of our people.
Voting is the first duty of democracy.
I am a compromiser and maneuverer. I try to get something. That’s the way our system works.
In 1838, Mirabeau B. Lamar, the Second President of the Republic of Texas and the Father of Texas education, declared: ‘The cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy. It is the only dictator that free man acknowledges. It is the only security that free man desires.’
A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.
If you’re I politics and you can’t tell when you walk into a room who’s for you and who’s against you, then you’re in the wrong line of work.
It is important that the United States remain a two-party system. I’m a fellow who likes small parties and the Republican Party can’t be too small to suit me.