Talk:Dwight D. Eisenhower

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A transitional President..... Dwight Eisenhower was a bridge between the war years of WWII and the modern american society. He transited us from an era of a weak federal government to the present era of a massive federal government, though the fault for this should not be layed at his feet solely. The oft spoke military-industrial complex had grown from a wobbly kneed child to an insolent teenager bent on alienating itself from its parents, the peoples of the United States, the taxpayers. It is this behemoth of industry and government, that shaped the massive budget and personnel growth of the federal government.

The red menace, the communist conspiracy, bent on enslaving the world into one common commune, was constantly in the thoughts of all americans in this time frame. From this bias came the secret government that rules the United States and much of the commerce conducted by its partners. The black budgets, the classified projects and documents, the layer separating the governed from their government, was seeping into the american pysche to change what it was we thought a good American should be.

All wars are now undeclared, all reasons for war are merely propaganda, all dissent is disregarded and all spoils are shared among the leaders of the secret government and their coporate masters.

Is the price of a secret government, the freedom of its citizens?

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I went to the associated domain and was unable to located the 'selected quotes' page, so I have removed the link. I was afraid of breaking the section so I've left the 'External Links' header there for the time being.

The quote "If a problem seems intractable, enlarge it" (aut sim.) is attributed to D. D. Eisenhower. Does anyone have a context for it ? Here: In the context of evacuating American citizens from cities in the event of a nuclear attack:


I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
  • And when he goes to heaven, to St. Peter he will tell: One more soldier reporting, sir. I've served my time in hell.
  • Peace and Justice are two sides of the same coin.
  • The United States never lost a soldier or a foot of ground in my administration. We kept the peace. People asked how it happened — by God, it didn’t just happen, I’ll tell you that.
  • An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
  • Being shot at focuses the mind wonderfully.
    • This is very similar to a statement attributed to Winston Churchill: "There is nothing as exhilarating as being shot at and missed."
  • Do not needlessly endanger your lives until I give you the signal.
  • Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.
  • I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
  • If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.
    • Variant: If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They'll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. (1949)
    • May be paraphrasing: If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They'll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government. Cited source: DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, president of Columbia University, speech to luncheon clubs, Galveston, Texas, December 8, 1949.The New York Times, December 9, 1949, p. 23. (From (talk) 23:47, 24 June 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.
  • The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
  • The sergeant is the army.
  • There is no victory at bargain basement prices.
  • Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
  • In his case, there seems to be no final answer to the question, "How stupid can you get?"
    • Commenting on the Senate Republican leader
  • God help any man who sits behind this desk who doesn't know the military like I do.
  • Like the export of the Spanish Inquisition, the American Inquisition too has been taken to the far flung corners of the earth.[1]
  • This operation is being planned as a success, We can not afford to fail.
    • Referring to to the importance of Overlord
  • The only way to win World War III is to prevent it.
  • We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. [2]
  • Pessimism never won any battle.
  • "People talk about the middle of the road as though it were unacceptable. Actually, all human problems, excepting morals, come into the gray areas. Things are not all black and white. There have to be compromises. The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters." [3] [4] [5]