Today’s “Greats” honors Dwight D. Eisenhower. Why? For the greatest political speech in post-TV American history.
His topic? On what now we take as a vested interest that will never be torn asunder: the military-industrial complex.
(And this speech in 1961 occurred long before the military- and defense contract-serving NSA got its act down on tracking every shred of the people’s social and political lives.)
Consider these ideas and just try to imagine them being uttered by any one of our current leaders, in or out of office:
- We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
- It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system -- ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.
- We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.
If only Eisenhower were with us. Alas, he is not. But these ideas are sound and the MIC much more threatening to our “democracy” than it was in this great American’s day.
Talk about making America great again! Let’s do something about the unstinting control exercised in our lives by the MIC of 2016.
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