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  1. churchillwasright commented on Paul Szep 2 minutes ago

    No, I had in mind the preceding paragraphs leading to that quote (emphasis added):

    We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

    Throughout America’s adventure in free government, such basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among peoples and among nations.

    To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people.

    Any failure traceable to arrogance or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us a grievous hurt, both at home and abroad.


    Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle – with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

    [….2 paragraphs that seem more domestic in nature…]

    The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their Government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well in the face of threat and stress.

    But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise.

    Of these, I mention two only.

    A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

    Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

    Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

    This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

    In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

    We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.


    In short, Eisenhower thought the Military Industrial Complex was not only necessary, but “required” to combat “a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method.”, but we should be wary of it’s undue influence.

  2. churchillwasright commented on Jeff Stahler about 1 hour ago

    I grew up in Brooklyn. Believe it or not, we had trees, parks, playgrounds and ball fields. And that’s when we weren’t playing stickball.

  3. churchillwasright commented on Drew Sheneman about 2 hours ago

    You can’t refute my post so you changed the subject. Typical.

  4. churchillwasright commented on Gary Markstein about 3 hours ago

    Democrats have never seen a politician obey the law before. It confuses them.

  5. churchillwasright commented on Mike Luckovich about 3 hours ago

    No, I think the criterion has more to do with Cruz’s embrace of the Constitution, and Obama’s view that it is “a charter of negative liberties”, that he ignores.

  6. churchillwasright commented on Mike Lester about 4 hours ago

    Actually the toon is a take on three specific quotes from the Obama State Department. It’s very clever. You’d know that if you watched anything besides MSLSD.

  7. churchillwasright commented on Clay Jones about 4 hours ago

    Follow up: There’s a joke in DC that the most dangerous place in the city is between Chucky Schmucky Schumer and a camera. Suddenly he has “no comment”.

    On a related note, Obama voted for a similar law while a State Senator in Illinois. The White House response is basically “That don’t count because it was in the past.”

  8. churchillwasright commented on Joe Heller about 5 hours ago

    Another economic brainiac. Of course it does.

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say you think Nancy Pelosi was right when she said “Extending Unemployment is one of the best ways to grow the economy”, though, right?

  9. churchillwasright commented on Phil Hands about 5 hours ago

    a) I don’t recall Cruz saying he thinks the world is only 6,000 years old, (in fact this Guardian article says “Mr Cruz does not appear to have stated a public position on the issue according to several organizations that track candidates’ positions on these questions.”) and many evangelicals, which I don’t consider Cruz to be, BTW, have found a loophole around that controversy anyway, including Obama and Pat Robertson.

    b) Until GWBush, I don’t recall reporters pestering Presidential Candidates with this question. Did FDR, JFK and Jimmy Carter think the earth was only 6,000 years old? I assume you’re a liberal. Putting aside JFK (who would be a Republican today), would you vote for liberal icon FDR or Carter if they said “yes”?

  10. churchillwasright commented on Walt Handelsman about 5 hours ago

    and aviation authorities have basically said, “No way, Jose!”.

    More inaccuracy from TROUT. The Federal Flight Deck Officers Program, which provides training to commercial pilots and certain other crew members in firearm use, and allows those who are approved to carry a gun in the cockpit and defend themselves against violent acts.and which is administered by the TSA and supported by their union the Air Line Pilots Association, has been expanded since 9/11.

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