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Dwight Eisenhower on Government Reform

 


Assure minority right to vote, and all other rights follow

I could not yield in my purpose of protecting the citizen's right to vote. This was the overriding provision of the bill that I wanted to set down in the law; with his right to vote assured, the American Negro could use it to help secure his other rights.

Incidentally, a few southerners in the Congress, some of them my personal friends, privately told me that in the matter of voting rights they agreed on the justice of and the need for my stand. But his declaration would be accompanied by the statement, "officially, publicly, I must be, in my state, against every kind of proposal on civil rights of whatever nature."

Source: Waging Peace, by Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, p.156-157 , Jan 1, 1965

Lower the voting age to 18

For years our citizens between the ages of 18 and 21 have, in time of peril, been summoned to fight for America. They should participate in the political process that produces this fateful summons. I urge Congress to propose to the States a constitutional amendment permitting citizens to vote when they reach the age of 18.
Source: Pres. Eisenhower's 1954 State of the Union message , Jan 7, 1954

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