Friday, May 13, 2005

Eisenhower Had it Right

This quote has been making the rounds on the net so before posting I did some research and it is legit. The part Ike did not foresee was the use of "Christianity" by both religious conservatives and the Republican party to pursue a most decidedly “un-Christian” agenda.

Here’s what Ike had to say:

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.

Eisenhower in a letter to his brother Edgar on May 2, 1956

Who would have guessed in the 1950’s that anyone would sink low enough as to finance tax cuts for the rich and wars without end by attacking the poor and extending debt as far as the eye could see? Who back then could have imagined the US government torturing prisoners and destroying the environment under the leadership of a “Christian President?” Who would have believed that this could all have been brought about by packaging the whole sordid affair as “God’s will?” While Ike correctly saw the unsavory nature of the agenda of political conservatives, he never suspected how low members of his own party would sink when pursuing an un-holy alliance with religious conservatives.

Where’s Howdy Doody when we need him?

3 Comments:

At November 8, 2005 at 8:53 AM, Blogger NoTONoEagles said...

Help Mommy, there are Liberals! underneath my bed!!! (No, seriously, that's the name of the book...) Don't believe me? The dang thing's on Amazon, not some hippie-press bullcrap ;) Anyway, thought you might enjoy, pinko ;)

 
At January 26, 2006 at 9:27 AM, Anonymous astronomy telescopes said...

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A happy new year to everyone!

 
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