There have been numerous discussions on Atomic Insights about the partisan nature of support for — or opposition to — the commercial use of atomic energy. I happened across the text of Adalai Stevenson’s 1956 commentary on the Republican Party platform, as published in the New York Times on August 26, 1956.
It’s worth sharing and saving for later use.
1. Peaceful Development of the Atom
President Eisenhower has inaugurated and led a strong program for developing the peaceful atom–a program which has captured the imagination of men and women everywhere with its widespread, positive achievements.
The actual picture is not so rosy. The facts:
Our program in atomic energy has so lacked “positive achievements” that the New York Times reported (7/27/56): “This new source of power has gone deliberately untapped through three and one-half years of the Eisenhower Administration. Presumably, given a continuation of Eisenhower politics, it will remain untapped for some time in the future.”
We are lagging behind in the campaign to develop the peaceful atom.–“The C. I. A. (Central Intelligence Agency) declared intelligence reports put Russia’s atomic power program definitely ahead of this country’s.”–Washington Post and Times-Herald, 5/23/56.
2. Pledge of Future Action
The Republican platform merely states, “We shall continue to chart a course so as to fortify the security of free nations and to further the prosperity and progress of all people everywhere.
In contrast, the 1956 Democratic platform specifically pledges:
1. Restoration of nonpartisan administration to the atomic programs and expansion of nuclear development.
2. Acceleration of the domestic civilian power program by construction of Government demonstration reactors.
3. Giving “reality–life and meaning–to the ‘atoms for peace’ program.”
4. Increasing the production of fissionable material for peacetime use at home and abroad and for an ever-present weapons reserve to guarantee freedom in the world.