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Exceedingly Rare and Historically Desirable! Three Lyndon B. Johnson State of the Union addresses, each signed as President, obtained by Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey
Washington, D.C., 1966-1968. 8vo. "Three House of Representative documents printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office: 89th Congress 2d Session (11pp, January 12, 1966), 90th Congress 1st Session (14pp, January 10, 1967), and 90th Congress 2d Session (10pp, January 17, 1968), 5.5? x 9?, each being the State of the Union address delivered by Pres. Johnson to a Joint Session of Congress. Each boldly signed on the first page ?Lyndon B. Johnson? as President. Accompanied by the typed letter of transmittal from Vice President Humphrey signed ?Hubert H.? to a longtime Minneapolis friend, 1p, 7? x 8.5?. Washington, Feb. 20, 1968: ?Ask and it shall be yours. The President was happy to sign his State of the Union messages for you, and they are enclosed...?Humphrey?s letter and envelope have been bound together with the three signed ?State of the Union? messages (in this order: 1967, 1966, 1968) in a custom book bound in black morocco, imprinted in gilt ?State of the Union / Address / Lyndon B. Johnson? on the cover.Excerpts1966: ?Our Nation tonight is engaged in a brutal and bitter conflict in Vietnam ... But we will not permit those who fire upon us in Vietnam to win a victory over the desires and the intentions of all the American people. This Nation is mighty enough, its society is healthy enough, its people are strong enough, to pursue our goals in the rest of the world while still building a Great Society here at home ... I believe that we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam ... I propose legislation to strengthen authority of Federal courts to try those who murder, attack, or intimidate either civil rights workers or others exercising their constitutional rights ?" and to increase penalties to a level equal to the nature of the crime ... I will propose in addition a program to construct and to flight-test a new supersonic transport airplane that will fly three times the speed of sound-in excess of 2,000 miles per hour...?To strengthen the work of Congress I strongly urge an amendment to provide a 4-year term for Members of the House of Representatives-which should not begin before 1972. The present 2-year term requires most Members of Congress to divert enormous energies to an almost constant process of campaigning-depriving this Nation of the fullest measure of both their skill and their wisdom ... An America that is mighty beyond description ?" yet living in a hostile or despairing world ?" would be neither safe nor free to build a civilization to liberate the spirit of man ... In this pursuit we have defended against Communist aggression ?" in Korea under President Truman ?" in the Formosa Straits under President Eisenhower ?" in Cuba under President Kennedy ?" and again in Vietnam...??We could leave, abandoning South Vietnam to its attackers and to certain conquest, or we could stay and fight beside the people of South Vietnam. We stayed. And we will stay until aggression has stopped ... And let me be absolutely clear: The days may become months, and the months may become years, but we will stay as long as aggression commands us to battle...?1967: ?Abroad, the question is whether we have the staying power to fight a very costly war, when the objective is limited and the danger to us is seemingly remote. So our test is not whether we shrink from our country?s cause when the dangers to us are obvious and close at hand, but, rather, whether we carry on when they seem obscure and distant-and some think that it is safe to lay down our burdens. I have come tonight to ask this Congress and this Nation to resolve that issue: to meet our commitments at home and abroad ?" to continue to build a better America-and to reaffirm this Nation's allegiance to freedom. As President Abraham Lincoln said, ?We must ask where we are, and whither we are tending.?...?On a similar occasion, at this rostrum in 1949, I heard a great American President, Harry S. Truman, declare this: ?The American people have decided that poverty is just as wasteful and just as unnecessary as preventable disease.? Many listened to President Truman that day here in this Chamber, but few understood what was required and did anything about it ... And when, 3 years ago, you here in the Congress joined with me in a declaration of war on poverty, then I warned, ?It will not be a short or easy struggle- no single weapon ... will suffice ?" but we shall not rest until that war is won.? ...?We should continue to seek equality and justice for each citizen-before a jury, in seeking a job, in exercising his civil rights. We should find a solution to fair housing, so that every American, regardless of color, has a decent home of his choice...??We should protect what Justice Brandeis called the ?right most valued by civilized men? ?" the right to privacy. We should outlaw all wiretapping-public and private- wherever and whenever it occurs, except when the security of this Nation itself is at stake-and only then with the strictest governmental safeguards. And we should exercise the full reach of our constitutional powers to outlaw electronic ?bugging? and ?snooping.? ... We will seek new partnerships with States and cities in order to deal with this hideous narcotics problem. And we will recommend strict controls on the sale of firearms. At the heart of this attack on crime must be the conviction that a free America ?" as Abraham Lincoln once said ?" must ?let reverence for the laws ... become the political religion of the Nation.? Our country?s laws must be respected. Order must be maintained. And I will support ?"with all the constitutional powers the President possesses ?" our Nations law enforcement officials in their attempt to control the crime and the violence that tear the fabric of our communities...?We have come a long way in this hemisphere since the inter-American effort in economic and social development was launched by the conference at Bogota in 1960 under the leadership of President Eisenhower. The Alliance for Progress moved dramatically forward under President Kennedy ...?No better words could describe our present course than those once spoken by the great Thomas Jefferson: ?It is the melancholy law of human societies to be compelled sometimes to choose a great evil in order to ward off a greater.? We have chosen to fight a limited war in Vietnam in an attempt to prevent a larger war ?" war almost certain to follow, I believe, if the Communists succeed in overrunning and taking over South Vietnam by aggression and by force. I believe, and I am supported by some authority, that if they are not checked now the world can expect to pay a greater price to check them later...?1968: ?Right now we are exploring the meaning of Hanoi?s recent statement. There is no mystery about the questions which must be answered before the bombing is stopped. We believe that any talks should follow the San Antonio formula that I stated last September, which said: The bombing would stop immediately if talks would take place promptly and with reasonable hopes that they would be productive. And the other side must not take advantage of our restraint as they have in the past. This Nation simply cannot accept anything less without jeopardizing the lives of our men and of our allies ... I have just recently returned from a very fruitful visit and talks with His Holiness the Pope and I share his hope ?" as he expressed it earlier today-that both sides will extend themselves in an effort to bring an end to the war in Vietnam...?During the Arab-Israeli war last June, the hot line between Washington and Moscow was used for the first time in our history. A cease-fire was achieved without a major power confrontation ... Turmoil continues on the mainland of China after a year of violent disruption. The radical extremism of their Government has isolated the Chinese people behind their own borders ... As you will remember, I met with Chairman Kosygin at Glassboro and we achieved, if not accord, at least a clearer understanding of our respective positions after 2 days of meeting. Because we believe the nuclear danger must be narrowed, we have worked with the Soviet Union and with other nations to reach an agreement that will halt the spread of nuclear weapons ... Serious differences still remain between us, yet in these relations, we have made some progress since Vienna, the Berlin Wall, and the Cuban missile crisis...?Last year, Medicare, Medicaid, and other new programs that you passed in the Congress brought better health to more than 25 million Americans. American medicine-with the very strong support and cooperation of public resources-has produced a phenomenal decline in the death rate from many of the dread diseases...?We, at every level of the government, State, local, Federal, know that the American people have had enough of rising crime and lawlessness in this country ... They recognize that the frontline headquarters against crime is in the home, the church, the city hall and the county courthouse and the statehouse-not in the far-removed National Capital of Washington. But the people also recognize that the National Government can and the National Government should help the cities and the States in their war on crime to the full extent of its resources and its constitutional authority. And this we shall do...?We have been unable to find any other presidentially signed State of the Union addresses printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office ?" not mimeographed press releases or typed transcripts or not definitively signed as President ?" ever offered for sale at major public auctions in the past 35 years."
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