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

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it was only under his Presidency that the United States became, in a real sense, a world power. What we need, of course, is a mature reaction to the ups and downs that we are going to have -- inevitably -- in world affairs. We are not always going to be first in every field. We are going to suffer occasional reverses internationally.

The mission of the United States, as I see it, is essentially very simple. We want for others what we have for ourselves: independence for our nation, freedom for our people, and equality on the face of the earth. If we are going to fulfill that mission, we need inspired leadership not only in Washington but throughout this land. We need not only a sense of urgency in times of crises but a sense of maturity which will enable us to take our defeats and our setbacks, learn from them, and then go on to greater accomplishments in the future.


3. A Dynamic Economy for America23

In the critical years that face us, years in which the destiny of the world will be shaped for decades to come, I believe our success or failure will be determined in the realm of ideas. If this is to be the critical area of decision, it is essential that we constantly reexamine our ideas-the principles that motivate our actions-to see if they can actually prevail.

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

"A Blueprint for America's Future," Address before the Fiftieth Anniversary Conference, Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts. September 6, 1958. Remarks at Chicago "Dinner with Ike," Chicago, Illinois. January 27, 1960. Television appearance before the Los Angeles Press Club, Los Angeles, California. February 17, 1959. Remarks to American Society of Newspaper Editors, Washington, D.C. April 18, 1959. Responses to questions at the dinner program sponsored by the

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