We ignored Ike

July 26, 2007 by  

It is easy to allow history to to repeat itself when they stop teaching history.

From President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address to the nation, January 17, 1961:

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, 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.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.



One Response to “We ignored Ike”

  1. William K. Wolfrum » Blog Archive » When life on Earth starts getting you down, look up on August 9th, 2007 12:15 pm

    [...] It can be a bit of a mental drag. Day after day, reading about things like the CIA’s reign of torture across the globe, or seeing how nearly a third of all Iraqis now are without water, sanitation, food and shelter and in need emergency aid, or seeing how my country has been taken over by a despicable cast of bloodthirsty warmongers while learning how long they’ve actually been in charge, and on and on - it can bum a person, to say the least. [...]

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