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    We should have listened to Eisenhower

    More than 50 years ago, Ike all but predicted the factors that led to the NSA's massive snooping enterprise

    More than 52 years ago, Dwight David Eisenhower gave his final speech as president. Eisenhower had led the American fight in Europe during World War II, and played a major part in America's transformation from a nation of industrial might and relative isolation into the first superpower of the modern age. The U.S. filled the role played by the British Empire for the previous few centuries, especially when the Soviet Union seized eastern Europe and threatened to spread its totalitarian system around the globe. Eisenhower picked up the Cold War reins from Harry Truman, building upon the massive modern military that Eisenhower deployed to defeat the Nazis and safeguard pluralistic democracy in western Europe.

    Eisenhower largely presided over a peacetime military, but one that grew large enough at the beginning of the Cold War to worry the war hero about the future of the nation. In his final speech, televised live on January 17, 1961, Eisenhower warned Americans on a broad range of topics. Most do not remember his warning on deficit spending, but Eisenhower implored Americans to "avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow." Eisenhower managed to partner with Congress on three balanced budgets out of eight, but the era after his would start us on massive deficit spending as a habit rather than something to be employed only in an emergency. We have, as Eisenhower predicted, "mortgage[d] the material assets of our grandchildren," and it remains to be seen whether that has risked "the loss of their political and spiritual heritage."
    We should have listened to Eisenhower

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    Re: We should have listened to Eisenhower

    Ike screwed Robert Taft out of the White House.
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    Re: We should have listened to Eisenhower

    Quote Originally Posted by rolling baby View Post
    Ike screwed Robert Taft out of the White House.
    And he appointed Earl Warren as Chief Justice.

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    Re: We should have listened to Eisenhower

    Things have definitely changed.

    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 H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid. -Dwight Eisenhower

    ...sound like an Islamic Socialist to me.

    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower

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    Re: We should have listened to Eisenhower

    Quote Originally Posted by Just Some Hog Dude View Post
    Things have definitely changed.

    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 H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid. -Dwight Eisenhower

    ...sound like an Islamic Socialist to me.

    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower
    We should listen to Ike.

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    Re: We should have listened to Eisenhower

    "Beware the military-industrial complex"

    Dwight David Eisenhower
    Go Dawgs!

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    Re: We should have listened to Eisenhower

    I "listen to Ike" about once a month for inspiration:


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