Mark Hatfield Speech to the Republican National Convention in San Francisco in 1964

Delivered to the Republican Convention July 12, 1964 In San Francisco.

THIS CONVENTION DROPPED TO AN ALL TIME LOW IN DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND LATER CONVENTIONS WOULD GET EVEN WORSE. MARK HATFIELD’S ONLY NATIONAL APPEARANCE BEFORE THIS WAS A SECONDING SPEECH TO THE NOMINATION FOR RICHARD NIXON FOUR YEARS EARLIER. HIS LIBERAL LEANING WAS NOT REALLY KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC. HATFIELD WAS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS OF HIS SECOND TERM AS GOVERNOR OF OREGON. THIS SAVED HIM FROM THE BOOING THAT GOVERNOR ROCKEFELLER GOT A FEW DAYS LATER. SENATOR GOLDWATER HAD LOST TOUCH WITH HIS MOVEMENT AND WOULD NEVER HAVE CONDONED WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE REACTION TO HIS SPEECH WAS COOL. UNKNOWN TO HATFIELD, THERE WAS A POLICEMAN UNDER THE PODIUM.

We meet here to nominate the next President of the United States. Our platform and our candidate will have the support of a united Republican Party. And let me say to each and every Republican we cannot afford the luxury of the hand‐sitters in the parlor; we need laborers in the vine­yard come November. And the candidate of this convention will have such la­bors from every Republican throughout the United States.

HERE HATFIELD STATED THAT ALL REPUBLICANS SHOULD UNITE BEHIND SENATOR GOLDWATER, WHOSE NOMINATION WAS CERTAIN. HATFIELD DID CAMPAIGN FOR SENATOR GOLDWATER IN OREGON. FOR A SHORT WHILE, HATFIELD DID LOSE CREDIBILITY AMONG HIS LIBERAL FIELDS; THIS RIFT DID NOT LAST LONG.

We promise no miracles, but we believe that the responsi­bility of our Republican Party is to seek liberation of mind and body and spirit, and to call up the best America has to offer. The Republican Party is committed to a set of princi­ples. This commitment is an act of unwavering faith in the American people, in the cause of freedom, in the eternal principles of morality, and there is a stark contrast in the record of the present Ad­ministration.

THIS IS A WELL WORDED AND WELL DELIVERED PARAGRAPH. SPECIFICS FOLLOW.

Three Fears Cited

In place of faith, we find fear. Anxieties and tensions infect and corrupt our coun­try. At least three fears have typified this Administration. Fear of the facts, fear of the future, and fear of the peo­ple. The fear of the facts is most clearly revealed by the cover‐up. The refusal of the Senate majority under Ad­ministration pressure to ex­amine fully into the ques­tionable actions of a Senate employe violates the solemn pledge of the Democratic plat­form of 1960. It said in a very simple sentence, and I quote, “The conflict of interest statute should be revised and strength­ened to assure the Federal Service of maximum security against unethical practices on the part of public officials.” You cannot sweep a hi‐fi set under the rug and expect the bulge won’t be shown.

HATFIELD WAS REFERRING TO THE SCANDALS INVOLVING BILLY SOL ESTES AND BOBBY BAKER. NOBODY EVER FORCED JOHNSON TO EXPLAIN HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH THIS GUYS, CONVICTED OF MULTIPLE FELONIES.

The Republican Party strong­ly believes that America should be a land of opportu­nity and not a land of op­portunists. But the most tell­ing examples of this Admin­istration’s fear of the facts goes back four years.That was when the party of fear and failure adopted a platform that consisted of 20,000 words and 261 prom­ises. And we are still wait­ing for over 200 of these promises to be fulfilled.

Four years ago, the Demo­cratic candidate for Vice President declared, and I quote, “A platform is drawn up for submission to the voters. If the voters approve of it they will make their decisions known forcefully in November. And it is the duty of the party to carry out the decision in the following Con­gresses.” Now, my friends, what we did not fully realize at that time was that the candidate for Vice President of the United States was standing with one foot on the banks of the Rio Grande and the other foot on the banks of the Po­tomac.And in these two postures we find that his national foot pointed towards school inte­gration; his state foot pointed towards school segregation; his national foot pointed and advocated the repeal of state right‐to‐work laws, whereas his state foot endorsed a right to work law as “necessary.”

PUT THE SPIN ON THIS YOU DESIRE. AS PRESIDENT, JOHNSON WAS FAR MORE LIBERAL THAN WHEN HE WAS A SENATOR. YOU MIGHT SAY THAT HE WAS VIEWING THE NEEDS OF THE COUNTRY RATHER ONLY TEXAS. HOWEVER, SHOULD SUCH A FEELING EXIST? SHOULD YOU CATER TO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE COUNTRY IN BOTH POSITIONS? HISTORIAN JUDGE SENATORS FOR HOW CONSISTENT THEY WERE IN APPLYING THE RULE OF LAW TO EACH ISSUE.

I say to you that one can not dance for long on two platforms without stubbing his toe. And is it any wonder that the speeches we have been hearing from the White House.

NICELY WORDED FLIP PHRASE

In 1960, we heard about a missile gap. The nation was told that our advantage in missile leadership was shrink­ing. The fact is there was no missile gap. Today, however, there is a missile gap from Cuba to Key West and it is 90 miles wide. And so we say to the American people don’t be fooled by an Administration which is a master of destruc­tion and whose snow job has changed the climate in Wash­ington.

THE FIRST TWO STATEMENTS HERE ARE GOOD. THE REMAINDER IS A MCCARTHY LIKE STATEMENT THAT IS TOTALLY UNLIKE THE HATFIELD I READ ABOUT.

We ask you, was it a Re­publican administration that presided over the fiasco of the Bay of Pigs? Was it a Re­publican Administration that neutralized Laos and so initi­ated a chain of events that threatens freedom throughout all of Southeast Asia?

THE UNITED STATES SHOULD HAVE STAYED OUT OF BOTH PLACES. I THINK HERE THAT HATFIELD WAS PANDERING TO THE CROWED. THE MARK HATFIELD WE KNEW IN THE SENATE WOULD HAVE ADOPTED THE STAY OUT OPTION.

And I ask you, was it a Re­publican Administration that ignored the problem in Cuba until it erupted into rioting and bloodshed ? Was it a Republican Ad­ministration in power when the Berlin wall was built? You know, and all Ameri­cans know, that these things have happened under the mis­rule of the opposition in the past four years.

NOT TOTALLY FAIR.

Panaceas of the Past

With such a record, it is not surprising that this Ad­ministration fears the future. It relies on the panaceas of the past, especially the mid­30’s. Its record is one of reaction —not of progress. And more than a century ago we were warned that every progres­sive spirit is opposed by 1,000 men appointed to guard the past. And this Administration, I say, has no progressive spirit in it.

The current Administration finds in automation not the elimination of drudgery and the foundation for a higher standard of living, but only the threat of unemployment and poverty. The current Administration finds in the fantastic expan­sion of our agricultural ca­pacity not the blessing of relief from hunger, but a re­actionary excuse for expand­ing bureaucratic regulations. The current Administration should wage a war on the poverty of its own ideas.

THIS PHRASE ABOVE IS VERY GOOD. REPUBLICANS HERE ARE OPPOSING A QUICK FIX IDEA. AUTOMATION AND THE GROWING MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE FROM FARMS TO CITY LIVING NEED TO BE PART OF OUR NATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY. IT IS NOT JUST A MATTER GIVING WELFARE CHECKS OR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.

Hoover Quoted

Wedded as it is to the past, the Administration will learn that the complexities of the present cannot be met by a simple passage of a bill in Congress or by the spending of large sums of money on ill‐considered programs that deal only with the causes and not the symptoms, and by sloganeering and head line­hunting, stage‐managed ex­peditions whose essential purpose is publicity rather than action.

WE ALWAYS HAVE TO WATCH THE ANYTHING THAT IS JUST A PERFORMANCE FOR PUBLICITY AND VIEW THE COLD HARD FACTS. THERE ARE MORE EXAMPLES OF THIS ALSO EVERY DAY. THE PUBLIC MUST BE AWARE OF PUBLICITY OR APPEARANCE VS REALITY.

Herbert Hoover, a great Republican and one of the world’s greatest humanita­rians—and may I always say to any Republican and Amer­ican audience, my boyhood hero—30 years ago made this very eloquent statement of the Republican Party’s faith in the future when he said, “Advancing thought, science, discovery, and invention are constantly imposing new sur­roundings upon us. Constant reform is an essential part of the protection of liberty, and society, to be successful, must secure the effort and the ini­tiative of its citizens.”

These were Hoover’s words 30 years ago, that are as ap­propriate today as they were when they were stated.

WHEN SOME INVENTION OR INCREASE IN TECHNOLOGY TAKES HOLD, WE MUST EXAMINE ITS EFFECT OVER THE ENTIRE POPULATION. THE COMPUTER AGE AND ITS INVASION OF PRIVACY IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE. THE CELL PHONE PRESENTS THE PROBLEM OF OPERATION WHILE DRIVING.

And so I say to you this nation cannot afford to fol­low the banners of retreat and reaction. This Republic needs new leadership—lead­ership that is unafraid of the future. We need to ponder, and seriously, what four more years of reluctant backing into tomorrow would do to this nation. We need leadership that does not fear the facts or fear the future.

IT IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT NOT TO FEAR THE FUTURE; YET IT IS IMPERATIVE NOT TO FEAR.

Why, why do they fear telling the American people what our foreign policy is? Even when American boys are dying in a war without a name. We must manage our free institutions to adapt to the challenge of change.The banner behind this po­dium is the answer that we Republicans make to those who would have us believe that the state should be the master instead of the servant.

GOVERNOR HATFIELD IS CONCERNED WITH OUR INVOLVEMENT IN SOUTH EAST ASIA. I WISH WE WERE AS CONCERNED BACK IN 1964. REMEMBER OUR LAWS SHOULD ENHANCE OUR FREEDOM NOT RESTRICT IT.

The Republican Party offers America a choice—a choice between fear and faith. The Republican Party with its devotion to the principles of Lincoln, with its dedication to the cause of freedom ex­emplified by the service of Dwight David Eisenhower, with its century‐old tradition of progress, and with the commitment to the principles of morality—we offer Amer­ica a program of faith. We have faith in the value of our open society, where people of many lands—minor­ities all — have migrated to these shores, each has added richly to the cultural diversi­ties that makes this the unique nation in all the world.

HATFIELD IS STATING SOMETHING ABOUT IMMIGRATION THAT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE. BUT WE STILL THRIVE ON OUR ABILITY TO GET ALONG WITH VARIOUS TYPES OF PEOPLE. THE MORE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PEOPLE, THE GREATER THE CHANCE TO LEARN. THE CONTINUING CHALLENGE IS TO FIT OUR LAWS, BILLS, AND ANYTHING ELSE TO THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

We have faith as the his­toric party of human rights that for those minorities which do not now have equal opportunity for education, for employment, for housing, that we can find the means of as­suring to each of these the re­quirement of progress. We have faith in our capac­ity to defend human rights against the forces of bigotry and hate within our own country. With the authors of the Declaration of Independence, we know that the rights of men are endowed by their Creator—they are not be­stowed by men. The state is not the author of freedom. The state has a duty, how­ever, to support and defend civil rights, the political rights, the rights of opportun­ity that some men in defiance of the Creator would destroy.

FAITH IN THE PRINCIPLES OF DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE CONSTITUTION. SENATOR GOLDWATER VOTED AGAINST THIS MEASURE IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL. THIS HURT HIM AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. HOWEVER, THE FIVE STATES IN THE DEEP SOUTH VOTED FOR HIM IN 1964. BARRY GOLDWATER WAS THE FIRST REPUBLICAN TO CARRY THE DEEP SOUTH-FIVE STATES.  THE ONLY OTHER REPUBLICAN TO PIERCE THE DEEP SOUTH WAS PRESIDENT EISENHOWER IN 1956;  HE CARRIED LOUISIANA.

We have faith in the forces of law and order under our Constitution. Our faith challenges any who would destroy freedom whether they wrap them­selves in a false cloak of patriotism or an equally false cloak of religion.There are bigots in this na­tion who spew forth their venom of hate. They parade under hundreds of labels, in­cluding the Communist Party, the Klu Klux Klan and the John Birch Society. They must be overcome.

GOVERNOR ROCKEFELLER STATED THE SAME THING A FEW DAYS LATER AND WAS BOOED.   ANY FREE DEMOCRACY CAN DEGENERATE INTO ANARCHY OR A POLICE STATE GRADUALLY IF PEOPLE STOP LISTENING TO EACH OTHER;  THINKING  THEY HAVE A MONOPOLY ON TRUTH; OR ADOPTING A WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME ATTITUDE. 

The Republican Party will lead the quest for victory in the struggle to change the minds and hearts of men be­cause it is only by such a vic­tory that human dignity will be won and preserved.  We have faith that the American nation and system will prevail against the Com­munist menace that stalks and threatens to bury us and against the Fascist that lurks and threatens to capture us.  We oppose both dangers in the Republican party.

HATFIELD HERE IS MAKING A GOOD POINT.  HE WANTS TO WIN BY APPEALING TO PEOPLE HEARTS AND MIND. AT SAME TIME, WE CANNOT LET OUR BELIEFS DEGENERATE INTO EXTREMISM.  NOBODY KNOWS THE RIGHT ANSWER.  WE ALL WILL VOTE,   THE VAST MAJORITY OFT MOST OF THE TIME, FOR PEOPLE WHO ENHANCE OUR ECONOMIC WELL-BEING. IT WOULD BE GREAT OF ALL OF US WERE OBJECTIVE IN OUR QUEST FOR THE RIGHT LEADER.

and we have the energy, the knowledge of the enemy, and the faith in freedom that will maintain our liberty against either danger. We have faith in the Re­publican Party in our educa­tional system as the founda­tion of self‐government, as the mainspring of economic progress, as the source of brainpower for the defense of the state.

THIS IS THE IDEA OF THOMAS JEFFERSON.  OUR THIRD PRESIDENT BELIEVED THAT A GOOD EDUCATION IS THE FOUNDATION OF DEMOCRACY.   A GOOD EDUCATION WILL STIR OUR CURIOSITY AND HELPS US MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS  ABOUT WHAT IS BEST FOR THE COUNTRY.

We have faith in the free enterprise system in the Re­publican Party. And let me remind you that capitalism in the United States has brought us to the highest standard of living in the history of the world through the common interest partnership of the workers, the investors, and the consum­ers.

MARK HATFIELD IS REASSURING US THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BELIEVES IN FREE ENTERPRISE.  HE  ALSO STATES AN IDEAL OF THE VARIOUS GROUPS IN OUR COUNTRY WORKING TOGETHER FOR A COMMON GOAL.

We have faith in the workers.  We share their aspirations and support their right to organize and to bargain for their economic benefit. We have faith in our ability to find the means of distribu­tion that will assure that hunger is not the neighbor of surplus.

HATFIELD WANTS TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY SUPPORTS THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING BETWEEN MANAGEMENT AND LABOR.   HE FAVORS LABOR AS BEING PRIOR TO BOTH MANAGEMENT AND CAPITAL.    HATFIELD  WANTS TO INTEGRATE  TRANSPORTATION INTO  THE ECONOMIC WELL BEING OF  OUR COUNTRY.

We have faith in the strength America draws from her natural resources. We support the programs of con­servation and development initiated in the administra­tion of Theodore Roosevelt. We have faith in our ca­pacity to help those who are in their senior years to avoid the ironic hardships imposed by the bitter harvest of in­flation.

GOVERNOR HATFIELD WANTS TO SUPPORT ECONOMY WHILE PRESERVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND PROVIDING FOR THE NEEDS OF OUR SENIOR CITIZENS.   IN OUR PASSION FOR GROWTH, BOTH OF THESE AREAS ARE THE EASIEST  TO IGNORE.

And we have faith in our Federal system as in a nation as complex as ours it is a necessity, but more than this, it permits us to solve our problems in a way that no monolithic national govern­ment could do. We have faith in our na­tion’s capacity for leadership of the free world and in the capacity of all free nations to find the means, including the work of the United Nations, for achieving a world that is truly free.

THIS IS A QUICK SUMMARY.  OUR SUCCESS IN THESE AREAS IS A REFLECTION OF HOW A DEMOCRACY WORKS.   LINCOLN SAID THIS IN HIS GETTYSBURG ADDRESS.   AL  SAID OUR DEMOCRACY  DOING THINGS THE RIGHT WAY WOULD  BE A MODEL FOR OUR COUNTRIES.  HATFIELD WAS NOT PERFECT.  HE USES ONCE AGAIN THAT PHRASE “LEADERSHIP OF THE FREE WORLD” .  NO ONE ELECTED US THE LEADER.

We have faith in the pro­grams of assistance to other nations if only the aid that we offer demonstrates vision, certainty of purpose and a clear understanding of our needs as well as their needs. But but the most funda­mental faith of the Republi­can party and of all Ameri­cans must be in the strength of our religious heritage and the need for a spiritual renaissance in our country.

THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH IS ONLY HALF RIGHT.  THE PURPOSE OF FOREIGN AID IS NOT TO BUY FRIENDS OR EXPECT THEM TO SUPPORT US IN THE FUTURE.  OUR AID IS TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE A BETTER STANDARD OF LIVING.  WITH ECONOMIC SECURITY, THEY CAN MAKE INTELLIGENT DECISIONS IN THE FUTURE.

A decade ago a great Sec­retary of State, John Foster Dulles, pointed to the cen­tral role of a righteous and dynamic faith. Without such a faith, he said, all else avails us little. The lack cannot be com­pensated for by politicians however able, by diplomats, however astute, or by scien­tists, however inventive, or by bombs, however powerful.

PART OF OUR PROBLEM TODAY IS THAT PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE FAITH IN THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS OR  OUR TYPE OF GOVERNMENT.

Our greatest need is to re­gain confidence in our spir­itual heritage, John Foster Dulles said. Now, ladies and gentlemen, government is not in the busi­ness of dispensing religion. However, government by its examples shares in the set­ting of the moral standards of this nation. To hold a po­litical title does not excuse the holder from high stand­ards of ethics and morality. If this nation’s leaders do not demonstrate integrity of idea and  integrity of action they will surely destroy the moral standards that guard us from decay.

I AM UNCOMFORTABLE TALKING ABOUT MORAL STANDARDS.  LET’S STICK TO ETHICS.  MORALS ARE UNIQUE TO EACH PERSON.  I HAVE A FEELING THAT MARK HATFIELD REGRETTED

And each political leader owes especially to the youth of this nation an example of right conduct, every citizen is entitled to expect that his political leaders will by their political and personal be­havior add luster to a free government. KK

We need leaders with the certainty of faith and the commitment of purpose of the valiant few at Valley Forge, who won their battle for us against overwhelming odds. The political party assem­bled here tonight faces similar odds. But we have as our strength faith in the people, faith in the future, and we do not fear the facts. In the program of the Re­publican party is a victory for all Americans — Repub­licans, Democrats, independ­ents—and it is to them that we present the invitation to set out again on a pilgrimage of faith.

In this faith, in this com­mitment. in this hour of sol­emn rededication, this con­vention must display the wis­dom, the progressive spirit and the leadership that is so desperately required by all who would be free.

Thank you.

 

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