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Friday, June 15, 2012

I didn't know whether I wanted to quote Henny Youngman or Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower today. I know that at Spark People we try to keep things optimistic and non-combative. But I have strong opinions: opinions that are very left, very centrist, humanistic and atheistical, and quite politically incorrect. I suspect that many of the Tea Party enthusiasts would be delighted to go back to the days of Eisenhower. And I would be too! Here are some things that "Ike" said (or if his speech-writers said them, he approved the message):

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy.

I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center.

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

In most communities it is illegal to cry "fire" in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.

We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
Doesn't Eisenhower make a lot of sense?

Notice the nice steady growth of income for so many years in the 20th century:

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  • SCOOTER4263
    Very interesting. World economics are beyond my grasp, I fear - I see too many factors and don't know how they all shuffle together into one pack. But I do take your point.

    I'm a born cynic and smart-alec, so I don't know why I'm being oppositional here. I would like to point out that in the Eisenhower years, polio was very much a threat, women and black people had the vote but nothing else, and McCarthyism was rampant. Every era has its challenges and its triumphs.
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    3289 days ago
    I really enjoyed the quotes. And the graph was very telling, and sad. The rich just keep getting richer, sadly.
    3289 days ago
    Loved the blog. The graph was very telling.
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