'Chance for Peace Speech'

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  1. midcan5

    midcan5 liberal / progressive

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    It is hard to comprehend that Eisenhower was a republican today. I have been reading our history from Hoover till Nixon and so much is the same among the ultra conservative republicans and yet Eisenhower, a general in the military, but a simple man was not coaxed into the stupidity that made Bush Jr waste the nation's wealth and it people in senseless wars that still continue. Excerpt from speech when Stalin died below.

    "The way chosen by the United States was plainly marked by a few clear precepts, which govern its conduct in world affairs.

    First: No people on earth can be held, as a people, to be enemy, for all humanity shares the common hunger for peace and fellowship and justice.

    Second: No nation's security and well-being can be lastingly achieved in isolation but only in effective cooperation with fellow-nations.

    Third: Any nation's right to form of government and an economic system of its own choosing is inalienable.

    Fourth: Any nation's attempt to dictate to other nations their form of government is indefensible.

    And fifth: A nation's hope of lasting peace cannot be firmly based upon any race in armaments but rather upon just relations and honest understanding with all other nations...."

    "And so it has come to pass that the Soviet Union itself has shared and suffered the very fears it has fostered in the rest of the world.

    This has been the way of life forged by eight years of fear and force.

    What can the world, or any nation in it, hope for if no turning is found on this dread road?

    The worst to be feared and the best to be expected can be simply stated.

    The worst is atomic war.

    The best would be this: a life of perpetual fear and tension; a burden of arms draining the wealth and the labor of all peoples; a wasting of strength that defies the American system or the Soviet system or any system to achieve true abundance and happiness for the peoples of this earth.

    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 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.

    EMC - Speeches - Chance for Peace Speech

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