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Republican Party Platform 1944

“We urge vigorous prosecution of the war unimpeded by partisan politics.

“In the Interest of America and of American security, we advocate participation by the United States in a cooperative organization among sovereign nations to prevent military aggression and to attain permanent peace with organized justice in a free world.

“We demand that the Federal Government, except for the needs of war, cease its ever increasing regulation of the affairs of the individual citizens and its interference with rights of the sovereign states, recognizing that the state best preserves its rights by meeting fully its responsibilities.

“We commend the administration of Governor Sewall. It has been sound economically and in all respects responsive to the needs of the people of our state.

“We favor state assistance in the extension of vocational and cultural education, in providing adequate pay for our teachers and in the equalization of educational opportunities for our youth.

“We recognize the vital importance of full employment of our citizens in the postwar period. To this end we pledge the wholehearted cooperation of state government.

“We favor the right of labor to collective bargaining by rep­resentatives of its own choosing and the liberalization of the Workmen’s Compensation Act to include benefits for occupational disease.

“Mindful, of the aged, the b1ind and the dependent children who are in need, we shall continue to give assistance with every human consideration.

“We endorse an aggressive highway system program and the development of forests, farms, fisheries and all our natural and industrial resources.

“We fully appreciate the gallant sacrifice being made by our men and women on all fighting fronts in establishing the safety of the world and the preservation of our democracy. To our returning veterans, in the spheres of relief, education, employment, hospitalization and rehabilitation, we pledge the establishment of a responsible agency adequately financed to coordinate state and federal facilities and to provide the personnel to administer the responsibilities of our sovereign state.

“We believe that no man is indispensable in a democracy, even during a period of war, and that the long accustomed plan established by our forefathers in limiting the Presidency to two terms is sound and should be perpetuated in order to safeguard a democracy.”

Source: Portland Press Herald, April 15, 1944. (Errors in the text may have been made by the newspaper and not the Republican Party.)

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