Monday, March 15, 2010

I've fallen in love

With an old US President . . . Dwight D Eisenhower. I don't really know a lot about him, so I shouldn't call it love just yet. But WOW! He has some powerful quotes, that I truly think were given for the US today.

Obama should just re-run some of his state of the union addresses. Here's a sampling.

From "The Chance for Peace" given just 12 weeks into his 8-year Presidency:

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 plane 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, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.

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. These plain and cruel truths define the peril and point the hope that come with this spring of 1953."

SO PROFOUND!!! Just change it to spring of 2010 and you could give the same exact speech! I picked up "Why We Fight" from my local library. I am not regretting it. I'll probably watch it at least one more time. It even has the John McCain I once loved. Seriously, if that guy hadn't turned into what the GOP wanted him to be he could have been a great President. Oh Johnny Boy, why'd you change to please such a small group of people, only to disappoint the masses.

2 comments:

Scott and Claudia said...

DDE was president when I was born. Did you know he was over 40 years old before he ever voted in an election! I found that amazing because I always considered him such a patriot -- general, president, etc.
I really enjoyed his comments. He was a good man, even if he was a Republican (JK!). His greatest moment was his support of desegregation in the south.
There are a few good Republicans out there, I suppose.
Love, Pa

Liz Szilagyi said...

I was born under Reagan . . . you're way luckier than I am!

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