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Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
Mon Sep 8, 2014, 05:18 PM Sep 2014

Hard to believe, but a Republican president said the following about guns and warships..

"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 are not clothed." DWIGHT D EISENHOWER, speech April 16, 1953:

and...........my guess is, he really did see what war was all about...

Quite a long time ago, and you will never hear that from any Republican today...

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Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
5. So, He warned us about "War" and the "Military Industrial Complex"..why haven't we heard?
Mon Sep 8, 2014, 06:16 PM
Sep 2014

Look at what this country spends on war..and the military.
So many have said so much here at DU. And so often....


(2,252 posts)
3. The Chance for Peace...
Mon Sep 8, 2014, 06:05 PM
Sep 2014
...Eisenhower's peace initiative, addressed to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, in Washington D.C., shortly after the death of Joseph Stalin.

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 are 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. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

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.


(42,912 posts)
6. The GOP is about what is good for the one percenters now.
Mon Sep 8, 2014, 06:19 PM
Sep 2014

All others can go to hell as far as they are concerned.

Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
7. But I cannot believe that those who are told to go to hell,
Mon Sep 8, 2014, 07:01 PM
Sep 2014

still vote for these current assholes...

Eisenhower in the OP, said basically, war hurts the poor and those in need, these current Republicans, basically say, "Screw the Poor and those who support them, all that support them, and let's go to war for the rich..and powerful.


(42,912 posts)
8. That's something I'll never understand.
Mon Sep 8, 2014, 07:07 PM
Sep 2014

Time after time, people will continue to vote against their own interests.

I just don't get it.


(132 posts)
9. Another great quote, over 100 years ago
Mon Sep 8, 2014, 07:08 PM
Sep 2014

In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt quit the Republican Party and formed the short-lived Progressive Party (aka Bullmoose Party).

"To destroy this invisible Government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day."

1912 Progressive Party Platform, attributed to Theodore Roosevelt


Man from Pickens

(1,713 posts)
12. He had experience with it
Mon Sep 8, 2014, 07:32 PM
Sep 2014

It's amazing how having firsthand experience with something often forbids extreme positions one way or another. "Guns or Butter" used to be a central question of statecraft, up until the point where they figured out they could charge BOTH to the "future generations will pay it" credit card.


(1,759 posts)
13. One of my all-time favorite quotes. I like IKE! (My first president.)
Mon Sep 8, 2014, 08:08 PM
Sep 2014

I LOVE to spew this quote at Repuke RWNJ family members! I think IKE would be considered liberal by today's standards.


(966 posts)
16. Republicans once had people like Eisenhower ,Ed Brooke, Jacob Javis
Mon Sep 8, 2014, 08:18 PM
Sep 2014

Margaret Chase Smith, Mark Hatfield...so many other that wouldn't recognize today's Republican party.


(27,247 posts)
17. And of course, there was Everett Dirksen
Mon Sep 8, 2014, 09:07 PM
Sep 2014

who had a major hand in writing and passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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