Chapter 23
Elder Statesman

The decade of rustication ended in 1958, when Landon, because of the intensity of his feelings on the issues, took vigorous measures for making his views known. Another factor was that he regained some stature as a political leader when the moderate and liberal Republicans in Kansas took over the party machinery, in 1958, and the governorship, in 1960. And his growth as an elder statesman was enhanced by the fascination of political observers that, as the Wichita Eagle put it, "Landon has been known as a conservative, but the label has refused to stay pinned on him."1

Landon's new vigor was seen in his foreign-policy pronouncements. Although he approved President Eisenhower's peace statements, he deplored what he considered was the administration's inconsistent foreign policy. In 1958 he suggested: "Somebody ought to write a song 'What's Our Wandering Foreign Policy Tonight'." Landon thought American foreign policy should be explicit, that "we must not make the mistake of either purely negative thinking or letting our guard down." To those who were pessimistic because of the long duration of the cold war, he said: "When you stop talking, you start fighting. Peaceful relations between neighborhoods and countries are never established by threats of force or the use of force." The United States, in Landon's view, should make it clear that although the

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Chapter 1 Beginnings 3
  • Chapter 2 Getting Down to Business 20
  • Chapter 3 State Chairman 47
  • Chapter 4 Oil and Politics Mix 67
  • Chapter 5 from Oil Rebel to Governor 91
  • Chapter 6 the Governor in Action 118
  • Chapter 7 Affairs of State 150
  • Chapter 8 a Second Term 181
  • Chapter 9 a Long Shot 208
  • Chapter 10 a Candidate for Sure 234
  • Chapter 11 the Early Campaign 262
  • Chapter 12 Full-Time Candidate 291
  • Chapter 13 Sunflowers Do Not Bloom in November 313
  • Chapter 14 from Under the Wreckage 340
  • Chapter 15 Titular Head 353
  • Chapter 16 a Practical Liberal? 381
  • Chapter 17 Days of World Crisis 407
  • Chapter 18 Politics in Time of Peril--1940 423
  • Chapter 19 Road to War 454
  • Chapter 20 Political Opponent in Time of War 480
  • Chapter 21 the Postwar World 513
  • Chapter 22 Ten Years Down on the Farm 542
  • Chapter 23 Elder Statesman 560
  • Bibliographical Note 583
  • Achnowledgments 586
  • Index 589
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