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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1956 - File 004. 1956-01. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 20, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/209/show/143.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1956
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. V, No. 1, January 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 004
Transcript ■LH^L^I "Mr. Average America^ •^ This challenge of service was accepted l»y Congressman Bruce Alger of Texas, as it is accepted each election year by young men and women throughout the United States. A newcomer to the Washington scene two years ago. Mr. Alger relates his experience- in "learning the ropes." Put yourself in Bruce Alger's shoes as you read of his initiation into the intricacies of our federal government. If you are an average American of courage and high purpose, your application may he needed! IS ALL this really happening to me? I often speculate on that in a "pinch-myself-to-prove-1 in-awake" routine. One ela\ you're living a normal though bus) life as ei businessman, and the next you're a congressman representing the' people hack home in the- highest legislative body in our country. These things just can't happen, particularly when your election is anel was em "impossibility," eia you're sometimes told by unbelieving fellow citizens. \\ hy should a businessman run for office? Of course, this will always be a personal decision. Man\ factors men go into it. 1 mav inner lie sure, in m\ ease'. >e, main coincidental events occurred. *uiyway, I was approached b) people whom I respect who said, *'\ou can render a service eunl >nu are able to do it." 1 reminded them. "I'm not em attorney"; hut they replied. "That i- not necessary. True, I believed in the need for a two-part) societ) instead of the one-part) political system traditional in the South. I thought of nn disapproval of the staggering growth of government with the huge national debt for our kia> to inherit. I realized that everyone should be willing to serve, just as we' expect our \oung men to do military service. I thought of my age and the- fact that I could serve several years and Mill have time afterwards to build a business. Then, too, 1 thought of the' \eiliemt struggle of President Eisenhower and his administration to shew down the runaway train of bureaucratic big government. \\ hethcr il was the challenge of the long odds, the real concern that governmenl wei- encroaching too much on all our lives, or the culmination eef years of working in "service" capacities in business and civic life — 1 dei not know. But somewhere along the line I said "yes" and was plunged into ei iie'w and different life. That decision left unanswered many common sense questions, for example: What about the family — here or in ■I.i. Washington? Where will we live? How about sel Jill? What will you do with the business? What is eif living in Washington? \nd a host eel other rather questions some of which ni\ wife sensibly asked, had not yet considered. I heul given little thought to public appearances einel 'Pf(" " making. This was foreign tie me. but sureh the leu unsolved problems. Critics might have suggested, not win, SO me matter : lent I w as ll 11 (le.... I tea 1. H;l\iHr- iii athle'li'' eenel other competitive activit) all in\ lite- '" '" !•■■—•- il wei- e.utieineilir nol to worry aboul thc outco rather to optimistically assume victor) and plan accord** d There followed weeks ol self-imposed stud\ on c* issues and a re-examination ol whal I believed I" '" function of government. Thus grew a fund ol infofj ' talks throughout ' 11 I later used in man) extemporaneous campaign. MOTIVATING FACTORS ) : \l\ philosoph) is ;. simple' one, and the conviction5 stem from it. uncomplicated. Thev are shared. I am ""'.,, ■ , , ., ...;,.t lb; eel \l The'\ include a rather strwl tin- millions struction 'if the Declaration "f Independence and tne slitulion. The) coincide with the views eel emr fni* ..' who embodied their strong religious beliefs in the tion of our form of government the conviction that " rights come from l.e.d. ne,l government that goVf A, should 1 in servant, not our master. Prom this pi'',, springs the long-held American belief thai in responsibility, initiative, and hustle lies our greatness. The campaign was on a high plane. M) pledge ■ represent the majority of the people, regardless "I U , pressure applied b) minorit) groups, to the end of ii,yAi. edi-"1" oil' '" Page ', Facts Forum News, fanuofm
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