Below is the 1948 Republican convention platform position on the United Nations:
We believe in collective security against aggression and in behalf of justice and freedom. We shall support the United Nations as the world's best hope in this direction, striving to strengthen it and promote its effective evolution and use. The United Nations should progressively establish international law...and be provided with the armed forced contemplated by the Charter.
What a difference 60 years makes. Imagine today's Republicans discussing collective security, international law, and arming the United Nations.
Though none of this is to suggest that Republicans of yesteryear lacked a full compliment of Commie-hunting paranoids. Maybe though they were, for a brief moment, not fully in command of all the party.
The 1948 Republican convention was held in Philadelphia and nominated Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York (below). Though Mr. Dewey began the campaign as the strong favorite, he was defeated by President Harry Truman.