WHY I WILL VOTE DEMOCRATIC BROOKS HAYS Assistant to the President Washington, D.C. I will vote Democratic this year, because the Democratic party in our time is the party of aspiration and the party of affirmation. The Democratic party traditionally has been the party of those who had little but aspired to much. It was this quality in the party which caused the downtrodden to turn to it. Those who now see the need for better education, an effective civil rights program, and a comprehensive attack on the problems of poverty know that the Democratic party will be attentive to their appeals. The quality that most sharply distinguishes the Democratic party is its affirmative quality, its attitude toward government. Democrats regard government as a useful and constructive force in life. It is one way by which people achieve their purposes in a free society. And the more complex the society, the more important it is to maintain a balance between those services which the individual can provide for himself through his own energy and initiative and those which he must provide in conjunction with his fellow citizens through his government. This attitude of the Democratic party is most clearly spelled out in the programs of the Kennedy-Johnson administration. By any standard, its accomplishments are impressive. The economy is moving forward, embarked on the largest and strongest peacetime expansion in the nation's history. In the partial nuclear test ban treaty, the nation has taken a historic first step toward peaceful control of the military power of the atom. At the same time, the nation's defenses have been strengthened to provide the flexibility necessary to meet any challenge. The administration's $11,600,000,000 tax reduction bill has meant, and will mean, more buying power, new production, new jobs, new plant investment and expansion, new business income, and new Treasury income. It will mean balanced budgets in years to come as the economic base broadens. The civil rights program introduced into Congress by this administration was the most comprehensive in American history. It was a frontal attack on racial discrimination in all sectors of American life. It was a program that all men of conscience could support. President Johnson spoke for all Americans when he said to the United Nations last December: "We know what we want: the United States of America wants to see the cold war end; we want to see it end once and for all. The United States wants to prevent the dissemination of nuclear weapons to nations not now possessing them. The United States wants to press on with arms control and reduction. The United States wants to co-operate with all the members of this organization to conquer everywhere the ancient enemies of mankind-hunger and disease and ignorance. The United States wants sanity and security and peace for all, and above all." For all these reasons, I will vote Democratic.
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