The Challenges We Face: Edited and Compiled from the Speeches and Papers of Richard M. Nixon

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For the Communist no sacrifice is too great, no goal is impossible to attain, no effort too strenuous.

A stand-pat, status-quo, smug, and complacent America cannot prevail against such men as these, regardless of the inherent rightness of its cause.

America today needs the spirit of the Jamestown settlers and the pioneers of the Oregon Trail -- the same initiative, the same willingness to work, and above all, the same burning faith in the ideals of the American Revolution.


2. Our Legacy from the Old World2

No two peoples in the world are more closely bound by a common heritage than the British and the American people. It can in truth be said that we are brothers, united by the strongest ties of history, language, and culture. But it can happen among nations as among families, that brothers can drift apart unless continued and sustained efforts are made to keep alive the sense of heritage which binds them together.

On several occasions since I have held my present office, official visitors from England, including most recently your distinguished Prime Minister, Mr. Macmillan, have spoken graciously of the appreciation of the people of Britain for the assistance received from the United States in the difficult reconstruction days after World War II.

I consider it a privilege to state that what aid we were able to provide was at best a modest payment on a debt which can

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The material in this section is derived from the following sources:

Address before the Pilgrims, London, England. November 25, 1958. Address before the English-speaking Union of the Commonwealth, London, England. November 26, 1958. The Toast of the Vice President to Queen Elizabeth II, Washington, D.C. October 18, 1957. Address at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner, New York, N.Y. October 18, 1956.

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