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Executive Records, Governor J. Millard Tawes, 1959-1967
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do to bring about a lasting peace to a troubled world. What can we
contribute to further the cause of our country in its endeavor to
promote tranquility among the brotherhood of nations? We can, I
think, demonstrate our faith and confidence in the principles upon
which this great republic of ours was founded in 1776. We can, I
think, acknowledge that we, as Americans, have no monopoly on the
natural rights of man in seeking to live in freedom and under just
laws. We can promote the cause of liberty throughout the world by
jealously guarding it here at home; by extending to all people those
rights which our forefathers so rightly declared were inalienable.

In the global conflict that now exists, we are locked in deadly
embrace with an ideology rather than a flesh and blood enemy. This
is a sophisticated war in which we battle against the enslavement of
the mind rather than the body. The future of our State and, indeed,
of our nation depends upon our firm resolve to resist encroachment
from an enemy that is constantly probing, constantly testing, to
determine our will to resist. We can best resist this probing, this
testing, by realizing that our national self interest must at all times
take precedence, that we must stand united before a common enemy.

Each state, regardless of the problems that are peculiar to it, must
realize that it shares a sacred responsibility to promote the interests
of all Americans living within and without its own distinct borders.
We must recognize that as citizens of a nation that epitomizes the
ultimate hopes of mankind, we have an obligation to our fellow men
in nations less fortunate. For in driving the despot's heel from
America, we also assumed the burden of resisting despots in other
nations as well. If, in so doing, this requires us to sacrifice, then let
us sacrifice. If, to promote freedom and justice throughout the world,
we are required to alter traditions, then let us alter traditions. The
world is changing, we cannot afford to be so foolish as not to change
with it. For in so doing, our short range sacrifices contribute to our
obtaining what might best be described as the holy grail of peace.

Our more immediate task, however, is to insure that Maryland con-
tinues to progress in all areas of government. We must continue to
provide for the education of our young people, for the rehabilitation
of our mentally ill, for the care of our older citizens and those not
able to cope with the daily task of earning their bread. We must
rededicate ourselves to the conservation of our natural and human
resources. We must recognize that Maryland is predominantly a
State of urban dwellers with problems that are still far from solution
—problems of traffic and transit, problems of water supply and sewer-

 

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