Okay… this doozy from David Sirota is all over the liberal blogosphere already, so many of you may have already seen it, but this is just too good to hide from my many righty readers.
“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.”
– President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 11/8/54
Hmmm… stupid Texas oil millionaires seeking to undermine social security, labor laws and farm programs. We should be on the lookout for dangerous folk like that.
Of course, it’s not like we’ve heeded any of Ike’s other warnings, like this familiar one from his Farewell Address:
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.