Thursday 28 August 2014

Just a Reminder

Final Word
Okay, this is funny. Some may even say it's a cheap shot. Nevertheless, I can't help thinking that the right has become the far right. It is no longer the traditional Conservative movement of somebody like Eisenhower, but the far right lunacy of a Rush Limbaugh or any one of the Fox News personalities. Fair and balanced? How about crazy and unhinged? They are no longer debating the issues; they are spouting off faith-based platitudes which seem to portray a nostalgic longing for the world of yesterday: a white Christian society, might is right, a chicken in every pot and a gun in every home. Globalization? Pshaw. We're number one.

It used to be that the collective we, the society, the nation, was all of us working together to help one another. Now, anything which involves helping one another whether it be taxes, healthcare, or education, is labelled socialism. The 1% are concentrating more and more of the collective wealth in their hands to the detriment of everybody else. Sooner or later, something's got to give.


U.S. News - Sep 30/2011
The Origins of That Eisenhower 'Every Gun That Is Made...' Quote By Robert Schlesinger
The quote currently making the rounds on Facebook is genuine Eisenhower.

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 50 miles of concrete highway. 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, I repeat, is 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.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower


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