In the last week I have been reading speeches by our 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Don’t ask, I just do stuff like that) Eisenhower was a General, a family man, a soldier, and as a politician; a Republican. (Although, in the 21st Century, I feel he would have been labeled a RINO) Scholars regularly list him as one of our greatest and most popular Presidents.
As we enter the Christmas Season and speak platitudes of “loving our fellow man”, “peace on earth” and “goodwill towards men”, I find the words of Eisenhower in his Spring of 1953 speech, later titled a Chance for Peace, to provide pause and hope to our situation in today’s world. Eisenhower was weighing the choices he faced as he stared down the face of spreading communism; along with his own factions of radical right-wing extremists. He carefully weighed his choices and set down his principles for peace that guided him through the rest of his presidency. He could not halt the tide of social programs being swept away to fund the military complex, but his ideals remain a part of our fabric. A goal to attain; maybe through later Presidential and Congressional administrations that we choose to elect.
Here is today’s “Sunday Thoughts”
“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.”
—President Dwight D. Eisenhower; April 16th, 1953