Friday, August 13, 2010

Still Stupid

President Eisenhower in April 1954 wrote a letter to his brother:

Now it is true that I believe this country is following a dangerous trend when it permits too great a degree of centralization of governmental functions. I oppose this--in some instances the fight is a rather desperate one. But to attain any success it is quite clear that the Federal government cannot avoid or escape responsibilities which the mass of the people firmly believe should be undertaken by it. The political processes of our country are such that if a rule of reason is not applied in this effort, we will lose everything--even to a possible and drastic change in the Constitution. This is what I mean by my constant insistence upon "moderation" in government. Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are ... a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.
They were stupid then and they are stupid now -- stupid, myopic, mean-spirited, and so on -- but sadly, their numbers are no longer negligible.

It goes to show that President Eisenhower would have no place in today's GOP, and not only for his record as a successful and responsible military commander rather than a raving chicken-hawk.

1 comment:

Sheldon said...

Yeah, Eisenhower, he was about the last decent Republican seen alive. And that was a long time ago!