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Richard Nixon State of the Union Highlights: 10 Quotes From Speeches

By    |   Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 08:35 PM

Early in 1974, President Richard Nixon delivered his last State of the Union address. The country was in the middle of an energy crisis, prompting the president to impose a 55-mph speed limit and the rollback of daylight saving time by nearly four months.

President Nixon was embroiled in the middle of the Watergate scandal, ignoring a subpoena to hand over tapes to the Watergate committee. Later that year, he would resign his post in disgrace. On January 30, 1974 he rose to address the nation in a State of the Union address.

Here are quotes from that January 30, 1974 speech:

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1. “America is a great and good land, and we are a great and good land because we are a strong, free, creative people and because America is the single greatest force for peace anywhere in the world.”

2. “It was 5 years ago on the steps of this Capitol that I took the oath of office as your President. In those 5 years, because of the initiatives undertaken by this Administration, the world has changed. America has changed. As a result of those changes, America is safer today, more prosperous today, with greater opportunity for more of its people than ever before in our history.”

3. “After more than 10 years of military involvement, all of our troops have returned from Southeast Asia, and they have returned with honor.”

4. “For the first time in a generation, no young Americans are being drafted into the armed services of the United States. And for the first time ever, we have organized a massive national effort to protect the environment. Our air is getting cleaner, our water is getting purer, and our agriculture, which was depressed, is prospering.”

5. “We are engaged in a long and hard fight against inflation. There have been, and there will be in the future, ups and downs in that fight. But if this Congress cooperated in our efforts to hold down the cost of Government, we shall win our fight to hold down the cost of living for the American people.”

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6. “As we move toward the celebration 2 years from now of the 200th anniversary of this Nation's independence, let us press vigorously on toward the goal I announced last November for Project Independence. Let this be our national goal: At the end of this decade, in the year 1980, the United States will not be dependent on any other country for the energy we need to provide our jobs, to heat our homes, and to keep our transportation moving." 

7. “This time is at hand this year to bring comprehensive, high quality health care within the reach of every American.”

8. “In these final 3 years of my Administration, I urge the Congress to join me in mounting a major new effort to replace the discredited present welfare system with one that works, one that is fair to those who need help or cannot help themselves, fair to the community, and fair to the taxpayer.”

9. “I would like to add a personal word with regard to an issue that has been of great concern to all Americans over the past year. I refer, of course, to the investigations of the so-called Watergate affair. As you know, I have provided to the Special Prosecutor voluntarily a great deal of material. I believe that I have provided all the material that he needs to conclude his investigations and to proceed to prosecute the guilty and to clear the innocent. I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of this matter to an end. One year of Watergate is enough."

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10. “Like every Member of the House and Senate assembled here tonight, I was elected to the office that I hold. And like every Member of the House and Senate, when I was elected to that office, I knew that I was elected for the purpose of doing a job and doing it as well as I possibly can. And I want you to know that I have no intention whatever of ever walking away from the job that the people elected me to do for the people of the United States.”

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