National Affairs: I HAVE DIFFICULTY IN RESTRAINING MY INDIGNATION

Smarting under attacks that he had let the U.S. become "second best," Dwight Eisenhower stepped forward at the Republican Convention with a withering counterfire and the best political speech of his administration. Excerpts:

TO this convention I bring no words of despair or doubt about my country—no doleful prediction of impending disaster. Whoever misleads by calculated use of some but not all the facts, whoever distorts the truth to serve selfish ambition, whoever asserts weakness where strength exists—makes a mockery of the democratic process and misrepresents our beloved country in the eyes of the watching world.

The irrefutable truths are that the United...

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