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Warren Harding Peacetime Address Highlights: 5 Quotes From Speeches

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Warren G. Harding was the 29th president of the United States, holding office during peacetime in the nation from 1921 to 1923. Harding was a Republican from Ohio who worked in the state senate and as lieutenant governor before becoming president. Harding was immensely popular at the time of his election, winning 60 percent of the popular vote, an unprecedented margin at the time. Harding did not live out his entire term as president, possibly due to the taxing effect of the many scandals that took place during his presidency. Harding died of a heart attack in August 1923 while visiting San Francisco. Here is a look at some of his most famous quotes from the peacetime speeches he gave.
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  1. "America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality." Harding made this profound statement on his presidential campaign trail in a speech regarding the need for America to return to normalcy after World War I had finished.
  2. "Our most dangerous tendency is to expect too much of government and, at the same time, do for it too little." This quote comes from Warren G. Harding's swearing-in address in 1921. With this statement, Harding reaffirms his strong, conservative values regarding the idea that American citizens should not be strongly dependent on or rely on the U.S. government. This value still holds true today in many conservative camps concerning issues such as welfare.
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  4. "The country needs less government in business, more business in government." Here Harding again shows his steadfast, conservative views on government. This message is slightly different due to the fact that it condemns government intervention in the private sector.
  5. "Our first committal is the restoration of representative popular government, under the Constitution, through the agency of the Republican Party. Our vision includes more than a chief executive; we believe in a cabinet of highest capacity, equal to the responsibilities which our system contemplates, in whose councils the vice president, second official of the republic, shall be asked to participate." Harding gave this remark in June 1920 in his address accepting the presidential nomination from the Republican Party.
  6. "We must not abridge the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, or the freedom of assembly because there is no promise in repression." This quote is also from Harding's acceptance of the presidential nomination and shows his core beliefs that he attempted to follow while in office.
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