“I'm thankful I had the opportunity of growing up in a small town,” the Vice President of the United States said last Friday as he talked informally to the residents of that small town. He addressed himself to the school children when he said that, and he proved he knew what he was talking about by telling of his own experiences which are now theirs. They were with him when he told of swimming in the Anaheim Union ditch—until the zanjero chased him out. They liked him.
Richard Nixon remembers Yorba Linda as a friendly own, and he spoke of his school, his teachers, the churches, with fondness. He really seemed to enjoy this short visit back to his birthplace.
When it came time for work Vice President Nixon told of the accomplishments of the Republican administration and stressed the fine leadership of President Eisenhower. “We don't believe the Republicans have all the right answers and the Democrats all the wrong ones,” he said. What counts is, `Is the president doing a better job for America than anyone else could do?' If so, we must support him.
President Eisenhower has a passion for peace, Nixon said. And the course of peace and freedom is stronger than it has ever been before. Ike's program is based upon strength. There can be no peace unless our effort is built upon strength.
There have been many occasions when the members of the National Security Council have peered into a crisis that could easily have drawn us into war, he said, but it is always the President who is cool, calm, and firm, and demands another solution.
What we want is for our government to be honest and decent, Nixon said. And we can have confidence in the Eisenhower administration, for it is conscientiously maintaining that kind of a government.
Encouraging peace, employment, business, he said, are policies that are bringing prosperity to America. “My father always said there must be no reaction; we must go ahead,” Nixon stated, and finished, “We've got it my friends. We have a government that is liberal without being socialist.”
Well over a thousand people, it was estimated, enjoyed the opportunity to see and hear the Vice President first hand. Three high school bands participated in the event; Fullerton, Placentia, and Brea. The upper grade school children were out and seemed to appreciate the importance of the event. The Boy Scouts did their bit in regulating the crowd. And all the oldtimers who “knew him way back when” wore red ribbons and had the pleasure of shaking his hand.
All the stores and shops and offices were closed for the occasion, and generally speaking, it was a great day for Yorba Linda.
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