Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism, are all too frequently those who . . . ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism-the right to criticize, the right to hold unpopular beliefs, the right to protest, the right of independent thought.— Margaret Chase Smith
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I do not want to see the Republican party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny-fear, ignorance, bigotry and smear.
Public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly.
It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation.
The right way is not always the popular and easy way.
Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration.
Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought.
When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.
The right to criticize: the right to hold unpopular beliefs;
the right to protest; the right of independent thought. The exercise of these rights should not cost one single American citizen his reputation or his right to a livelihood... Otherwise none of us could call our souls our own.
Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk.
I don't believe the American people will uphold any political party that puts political exploitation above national interest. Surely we Republicans aren't that desperate for victory.
Strength, the American way, is not manifested by threats of criminal prosecution or police state methods. Leadership is not manifested by coercion, even against the resented. Greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a high premium on the end justifying any means and any methods.
I am running against no one. I'd like to be President. I think my experience and my record are greater than any other candidate or any other of the unannounced candidates. It's a real challenge, and that's one of the paramount things. When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.
We should not permit tolerance to degenerate into indifference.
I think that it is high time that we remembered that we have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution. I think that it is high time that we remembered that the Constitution, as amended, speaks not only of the freedom of speech but also of trial by jury instead of trial by accusation.
And this I do believe above all, especially in times of greater discouragement, that I must BELIEVE-that I must believe in my fellow people-that I must believe in myself-that I must believe in God-if life is to have any meaning.
It is time that the great center of our people, who reject the violence and unreasonableness of both the extreme right and the extreme left, searched their consciences, mustered their moral and physical courage, shed their intimidated silence, and declare their consciences.
Surely the United States Senate is big enough to take self-criticism and self-appraisal. Surely we should be able to take the same kind of character attacks that we "dish out" to outsiders.
The Senate has been debased to the level of a forum of hate and character assassination sheltered by the shield of congressional immunity.
Smears are not only to be expected but fought. Honor is to be earned, not bought.
As long as there are big corporations, there will be big unions.
The economic power of big business will be matched by the economic power of the big unions.
I speak as briefly as possible because too much harm has already been done with irresponsible words of bitterness and selfish political opportunism. I speak as simply as possible because the issue is too great to be obscured by eloquence. I speak simply and briefly in the hope that my words will be taken to heart.
Greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a high premium on the end justifying any means and any methods.
My basic rule is to speak slowly and simply so that my audience has an opportunity to follow and think about what I am saying.
I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any peace of mind until we secure our own soul.
We are Republicans. But we are Americans first. It is as Americans that we express our concern with the growing confusion that threatens the security and stability of our country.
Freedom unexercised may be freedom forfeited.
The preservation of freedom is in the hands of the people themselves - not of the government.
My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned, not bought.
The key to security is public information.
The American people are sick and tired of being afraid to speak their minds lest they be politically smeared as 'Communists' or 'Fascists' by their opponents. Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America. It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others.
I always try to think before I talk.
One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking.
Women administer the home. They set the rules, enforce them, mete out justice for violations. Thus, like Congress, they legislate; like the Executive, they administer; like the courts, they interpret the rules. It is an ideal experience for politics.
Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of AmericanismThe right to criticize. The right to hold unpopular beliefs. The right to protest. The right of independent thought.
Freedom unexercised may become freedom forfeited.
As an American, I want to see our nation recapture the strength and unity it once had when we fought the enemy instead of ourselves.