With utmost confidence in the future and with justifiable pride in our achievements, the Republican Party warmly greets the dawn of our second century of service in the cause of unity and progress in the Nation.
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<p>1956 Platform of the Republican Party
President Eisenhower has given the world bold proposals for mutual
We support his offer of United States participation in an international
fund for economic development financed from the savings brought by
We shall continue vigorously to support the United Nations.
President Eisenhower has given us a statement of principles that is
neither partisan nor prejudiced, but warmly American:
The individual is of supreme importance.
The spirit of our people is the strength of our nation.
America does not prosper unless all Americans prosper.
Government must have a heart as well as a head.
Under the Republican Administration, as our country has prospered, so
have its people. This is as it should be, for as President Eisenhower said:
"Labor is the United States. The men and women, who with their minds,
their hearts and hands, create the wealth that is shared in this countryâ€”
they are America."
The Eisenhower Administration has brought to our people the highest
employment, the highest wages and the highest standard of living ever
enjoyed by any nation.
The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million
workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million
workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of
unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional
workers. There have been increased workmen's compensation benefits
for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for
railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and
pension plans for federal employees.
In addition, the Eisenhower Administration has enforced more
vigorously and effectively than ever before, the laws which protect the
working standards of our people.
All workers have gained and unions have grown in strength and
responsibility, and have increased their membership by 2 million.
Furthermore, the process of free collective bargaining has been