Congress Segued Ike’s Military-Industrial Complex Into Something Else

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  1. Flanders


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    It is a good time to remind readers of President Eisenhower while the crop of wannabes are fixing their sights on the White House. It is impossible to compare the complete man, Eisenhower, between today’s establishment Republican types. There is no comparison between Ike and Democrats. I can only touch on how serious Ike was about the country:

    Four days before turning the presidency to John F Kennedy, President Eisenhower delivered a speech that is remembered because of one line:​

    "In his farewell address to the nation, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warns the American people to keep a careful eye on what he calls the "military-industrial complex" that has developed in the post-World War II years.


    Second, President Eisenhower was concerned about corruption, or the close relationship between the defense industry and members of Congress.​

    Members of Congress, and the federal government, have long-used the "military-industrial complex" to enrich themselves, while the exact reason President Eisenhower warned about has been so diminished it made it easier for enemies to defeat us. Example: The "military-industrial complex" Ike envisioned would have made short work of the war Islam started —— and advances:

    The German reporter then elaborated on how shocked he was about how “willing to kill” the ISIS fighters are. He said that they were ready to commit genocide. “They were talking about [killing] hundreds of millions. They were enthusiastic about it, and I just cannot understand that,” said Todenhofer

    German Embed Reporter: ISIS Plans On Killing ‘Hundreds of Millions’ in ‘Religious Cleansing’
    by Jordan Schachtel18 Jan 2015

    German Embed Reporter ISIS Plans On Killing Hundreds of Millions in Religious Cleansing - Breitbart

    Here is the "military-industrial complex" in Ike’s few words:

    Refusing to defeat Islam a long time ago the current "military-industrial complex" may not be capable of killing hundreds of millions of Muslims in self-defense. The American people lost the option to remain neutral along with the loss of its once all-powerful "military-industrial complex."

    This next excerpt goes right to the heart of media propaganda:

    First, the speech is worth reading. It shows how thoughtful and serious our 34th president was. He was a pre-television man and used the word rather than the image to make his point.​

    The term “pre-televison man” highlights the major difference between Eisenhower and today’s media presidents. Bottom line: If TV had the influence in 1952 it has today Ike would never have become president.

    NOTE: It was not until 1960 that the media acquired the government’s propaganda apparatus. That unholy partnership between media and government began picking our presidents in 1960. Ronald Reagan was the exception.

    In most cases since 1960 TV also picked US Senators as well as “electing” congressional leaders. Check out the media pumping up Boehner and McConnell if you doubt me.

    It is fair to say that media press barons offered lifetime tenure in Congress to the right people. Tax deductible advertising dollars —— tens of billions every six years fills media coffers. Anybody really has to blow a generous lifetime income and unlimited power if they are defeated for reelection.

    Parenthetically, in 1952 the liberals found the strategy that portrayed Democrats as intelligent candidates pitted against boobs. Eisenhower and super-brain Adlai Stevenson was a test case. TV libs have been using the Brain v. Boob ever since 1952 although Ike beat super-brain twice. (The education industry never got over Ike or Ronald Reagan.)

    Last but not least:

    It would be wise for a president today to deliver a speech but warn us about "the public-sector unions" and their influence on our politics. The corrupt relationship between the public-sector unions and elected leaders is more dangerous than the military industrial complex ever was, is, or will ever be.

    January 19, 2015
    The Eisenhower Farewell continues to be Misunderstood
    By Silvio Canto, Jr.

    Blog The Eisenhower farewell continues to be misunderstood

    Presidents aside, how about Republican congressional leaders challenging pubic and private sector labor leaders who increase the size of the parasite sector with income tax dollars paid by everyone including their members. They might even take a look at the money Democrats are sending to the SEIU through the Affordable Care Act.
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  2. jwoodie

    jwoodie Gold Member Supporting Member

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    Can you provide an executive summary?

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