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Ike’s Farewell, Revisited

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Jul 19, 2011

I recently came across President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the nation, circa 1961, on a Great Speeches CD. It’s impressive in its predictive power and in its moderation – I think there’s something in it for everyone, a half-century later.

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Such noble words. Regrettably, they no longer have resonance in this era of the politics of fear and hate as promulgated by the left wing.

We need another Ike and we definitely need another Ron.

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Posted by Farmer Dave
a resident of another community
on Jul 21, 2011 at 8:49 am

Farmer Dave is a registered user.

Too bad we don't have any Republican leaders of this caliber today. Where are you when we need you, Ike?

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Jul 21, 2011 at 9:36 am

@ rick -- all contention and no evidence. Examples?

@ dave: It's really not your father's GOP, in many ways (a subject for a future blog). A big part of the current debt ceiling impasse (and others) is represented here: Web Link

It graphically demonstrates that a small majority of all respondents favor compromise to get things done. More important, there's a dramatic difference based on Party affiliation: a large majority of Dems favor compromise, while a similarly large proportion of the GOP favors principle, no matter what.

Seems to me there's a place for both principle and pragmatism in politics -- the "art" is in finding the points that majorities can, uh, "say grace over." The Dems risk giving away too much -- the GOP risks dragging us all down in their principled flames.

Ike had been tempered in the crucible of holding the Allies together in WW2 -- I'm guessing those skills came in handy with Congress.

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Posted by Dirk
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Ike expressed concern about the effect of the squandering of natural resources on our grand-children's lives. How disappointed he would be with the attitude toward the environment of today's GOP!

I was also struck by his stressing that "Together we must learn how to compose [resolve?] differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. The word "intellect" is not one that you would hear in the party of George W. Bush and Michele Bachmann, in which evidently no one is considered too stupid to be the President of the United States.

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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2011 at 7:16 am

Hypocrisy will be Candidate Bachmann's undoing -- preaching against federal spending while simultaneously supping at the federal trough in multiple ways. That's just too much to explain away.

That being said, among this year's crop of GOP Hopefuls, she also has serious competition for first place in the shallow end of the IQ gene pool.

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:34 am

Here's an example: A video showing Paul Ryan Pushing Grandma Off a Cliff. That certainly looks like the politics of fear and hate...

If you haven't seen it, Youtube it.

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Posted by Mark Patrick Brown
a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I found the speech to be prophetic. President Eisenhower called for a"balance between private and public economy." It seems to me that we've lost our balance. Our entitlement programs are unsustainable and need reform. However, reform won't happen if members or congress radically reject the very idea of a federal government.

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