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Sunday, 24 July 2011 06:23

Eisenhower Today Would be Considered a Socialist by the Modern Radical GOP

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BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Yes, Dwight Eisenhower would be so far outside of the radical beliefs of the modern Republican party that he would be somewhere between the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and President Obama.   This quotation is from a personal letter to his brother, Edgar Newton Eisenhower.  The letter is dated November 8, 1954:

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 H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid. [bolding added by BuzzFlash at Truthout.]