“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…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.”
Eisenhower was discussing what he described as the Military-Industrial Complex. As Aaron B. O’Connell told us yesterday in an op-ed in the NY Times, Eisenhower is responsible for popularizing that phrase. Can we imagine a president or serious candidate for president making a statement like that today? Can you imagine a Republican doing it? Yet Eisenhower was both of those things. The GOP has moved so far right from what they once were it’s absolutely mind-boggling. Not only that, our country has moved decidedly to the right. Now that has been helped along by decades of GOP falsehoods, chicanery & outright lies. The media has been aiding, and abetting the GOP bullshit for much of the last 30 years as well. It’s good to remember that we were once a country where presidents could talk about people coming 1st, and where push-back against military spending wasn’t viewed as fringe politics. If we’re willing to the work, we can have a country like that again.
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