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The Great Society
"The purpose of protecting the life of our Nation
and preserving the liberty of our citizens is to pursue the happiness of our
people. Our success in that pursuit is the test of our success as a Nation."
"For in your time we have the opportunity to move
not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the
"The Great Society...demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are
totally committed in our time. But that is just the beginning."
"The Great Society is not a safe harbor, a resting
place, a final objective, a finished work. It is a challenge
constantly renewed, beckoning us toward a destiny where the meaning
of our lives matches the marvelous products of our labor."
"The solution to [our] problems does not rest on a
massive program in Washington, nor can it rely solely on the strained resources
of local authority. They require us to create new concepts of cooperation, a
creative federalism, between the National Capital and the leaders of local
"So, will you join in the battle to give every
citizen the full equality which God enjoins and the law requires, whatever his
belief, or race, or the color of his skin?"
"Will you join in the battle to give every citizen
an escape from the crushing weight of poverty?"
"Will you join in the battle to make it possible
for all nations to live in enduring peace -- as neighbors and not as mortal
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