The time is ripe for these nations to build an Atlantic Community. -- Atlantic
Congress, Final Declaration, June 10, 1959.
We stand today on the edge of a new frontier ... a frontier of unknown
opportunities and perils ... it holds out the promise of more sacrifice instead
of more security ... Beyond that frontier are uncharted areas of science and
space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered pockets of ignorance and
prejudice ... The times demand invention, innovation, imagination, decision. I
am asking each of you to be pioneers on that new frontier. -- Senator John
F. Kennedy accepting the Democratic nomination for President July 15, 1960.
We are ready to go ahead and explore new approaches. We are a society of
individuals. Our institutions project outward from the people, not downward to
the people. -- Vice President Richard M. Nixon in Life, August 29, 1960.
A period of crisis is always a period of opportunity. ... It may mark the
beginning of a period of steady deterioration, ending, so far as human
intelligence can foresee, in tragedy. Or it may be the beginning of better
things. -- Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, of Great Britain, United Nations
Assembly, September 29, 1960.
Something must be done. We cannot ... sit helplessly watching the world
drift in a direction which can only end in catastrophe. -- Prime Minister
Jawaharlal Nehru of India, United Nations Assembly, October 3, 1960.
To my mind, Atlantic Union is an absolute and early necessity ... an
excellent idea. And the sooner we move, the better it is. -- Dr. Edward
Teller, "father of the H-Bomb," November 12, 1960.
Where once we could unite only in fear, I believe we can now unite in
courage and hope to do more noble works than men have ever done before ... We
can go beyond allaying fears to fulfilling dreams. -- Vice President-elect
Lyndon B. Johnson at the NATO Parliamentarians Conference, Paris, November 22,
When was the American Revolution effected ... was the blood of thousands
spilt, and the hard-earned substance of millions lavished, not that the people
of America should enjoy peace, liberty and safety, but that the government of
the individual States ... might enjoy a certain extent of power, and be arrayed
with certain dignities and attributes of sovereignty? We have heard of the
impious doctrine in the Old World, that the people were made for kings, not
kings for the people. Is the same doctrine to be revived in the New in another
shape -- that the solid happiness of the people is to be sacrificed to ...
political institutions of a different form? ... As far as the sovereignty of the
States cannot be reconciled to the happiness of the people, the voice of every
good citizen must be, Let the former be sacrificed to the latter. -- James
Madison, No. 45 of The Federalist, 1788.
If there is a country in the world where the doctrine of the sovereignty of
the people can be fairly appreciated ... and where its dangers and advantages
may be judged, that country is assuredly America * * * The people reign in the
American political world as the Deity does in the universe. They are the cause
and the aim of all things; everything comes from them and everything is absorbed
in them. -- Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Vol. 1, chapter IV
1835 (my translation)
We must appeal to the sober sense and patriotism of the people. We will make
converts day by day; we will grow strong by calmness and moderation; we will
grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth
be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be the majority after a while,
and the revolution which we will accomplish will be none the less radical from
being the result of pacific measures. The battle of freedom is to be fought out
on principle. -- Abraham Lincoln in his "Lost Speech," May 19,
Contents -- Introduction
-- Chapter 1