Funny thing about the Republican party and their candidates – they’re big on referencing Ronald Reagan but rarely anyone else.
They pretty much avoid talk of Bush unless to mount a defense and say he kept the country safe.
But what about Eisenhower, the president who in his farewell addressed sounded the alarm about the industrial military complex and was The man during WW2?
Well, since they’re all about the very industrial military complex Eisenhower warned of it would be like shooting themselves in the foot if they attempted to lionize him in the way they have Reagan, they’d have to completely re tool.
Conservatives are all about “winning” and they’ll claim a victory even if one doesn’t exist.
The nations winning everywhere it’s engaged in conflict – they even believe the U.S. won in Vietnam.
Focused on winning you’d think they’d have tattooed images of Eisenhower on their foreheads and probably would were it not for the alarm he sounded – after all he was the supreme allied commander during WW2 and won.
Then there’s Eisenhower’s approach to taxation in the days before individuals like Grover Norquist, the Koch brothers, media automatons like Limbaugh, and “trickle down” economics.
I think if Eisenhower were alive he’d be sounding the alarm about Cruz, Trump, Scott Walker, and the rest of them – and that’s the reason Eisenhower has been relegated to the dust bin of Republican history.
Eisenhower carried his share of baggage, but he also bolstered social security, was anti Joe McCarthy, increased the minimum wage,and authored the interstate highway system – the largest public works program in history and a major vehicle for creating jobs.
In addition Eisenhower was opposed to the use of nuclear weapons against Japan at the Potsdam conference in 1945 arguing that Japan was on the verge of folding and the use of such weapons would affect world opinion related to the U.S.
In today’s twisted conservative view they would be forced to refer to Eisenhower as a socialist in many areas – you know, the minimum wage, social security, and public works thing.
But then as the quote in the above photo portrays Eisenhower thought people who promoted what has become the conservative platform and no longer a splinter group were best characterized as being “stupid”.