Archive | April, 2012

I Liked Ike…

23 Apr

Dwight D. Eisenhower was a Five-Star General, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during WWII, and a popular and respected American President. He had the intelligence to allocate our tax dollars to modernizing America’s infrastructure and educational systems, making us economically and scientifically competitive while putting millions of Americans to work. He had the compassion and conscience to protect America’s social programs, and, in his famous farewell speech, the courage and wisdom to warn us about the dangerous power and influence of the military-industrial complex to persuade Americans to support “elective” wars.

If there ever was a strong, effective, intelligent, and compassionate American President under whose administration America’s middle-class greatly expanded and prospered, it was President Dwight Eisenhower. He was the quintessential Republican.

Today’s Republicans, however, vehemently oppose virtually everything Eisenhower stood for. Today’s conservative Republicans have never met a social, educational, or scientific program they don’t want to defund or eliminate, an infrastructure modernization program they don’t want to kill, or a third-world nation they don’t want to bomb. They want unregulated business in corporate boardrooms, but want to regulate your business in your bedroom to make sure you’re not using contraceptives. They claim to be “pro-life” while being pro-war. They defend corporate policies that benefit only the rich and label those who object as “unpatriotic”. They thump their fundamentalist bibles and claim to be “holier than thou” while worshiping everything their Christ deplored. They are the Grand Old Party …of hypocrisy.

Dwight Eisenhower was the last Republican president with a brain and a heart. He was the real deal: an actual American soldier with an intellect, a compassion for all Americans, and a sense of fairness. He was the exact opposite of Ronald Regan, the B-actor whose looks and reassuring demeanor anesthetized voters into electing him and allowing his “trickle-down economics” to result in the economic trickle most Americans now live on.

Do yourself a favor and rent or download the 2005 documentary, “Why We Fight” which features several of Eisenhower’s brilliant speeches in its narrative and gives a valuable perspective on why America is in the economic and political mess we’re in now.

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security,
unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm
programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political
history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you
can do these things. Among them are…Texas oil millionaires and
an occasional politician or business man from other areas.
Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”
— President Dwight D. Eisenhower, November 8, 1954