We should memorize all the words uttered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during his final speech as Commander and Chief, not just the following sound bite.
“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.”
Ike’s words have been seized on to condemn America’s policy of safety through deterrence. I admit that President Eisenhower was in a unique position to see or understand, “The POTENTIAL for the disastrous rise of misplaced power…” whether presented by the armaments industry or not. (The capitals used for emphases are my own.)
When it came to goring someone’s political ox President Eisenhower did not care who he offended, he cared about America and her best interest FIRST and foremost. Unfortunately, many of my country men chose to ignore the rest of Ike’s farewell address. One reason is the elapsed time but a more important reason is selective hearing or even an active contempt for the words of a true American patriot coupled with a desire to damage the United States’ national security.
In my opinion it is telling that the people who are the most likely to embrace the “Military Industrial Complex” part of Ike’s speech are the same ones who willfully ignore the rest of his address. One reason for this is the role that Anthropogenic Climate Change or “man caused global warming” has assumed in International Socialism circles and these peoples quest to institute “Global Income Redistribution” at your families’ and the United States of America’s expense. Because immediately following his “Military Industrial Complex” warning Ike spoke the following words.
“Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present -- and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite….” DDE 01-17-1961
I vote that we name the above portion of Ike’s speech “Eisenhower’s Leftist College Professor Lifetime Full Employment Speech!” The reason is because that is what anthropogenic global climate change… a.k.a. “Global warming” is, an international leftist idea that is being used to provide both a prestigious career path, and lifetime government funded employment to those who wish to destroy America’s economy. By destroying America’s economy they hope to build a virtual Berlin Wall around the USA. The purpose of this wall is not to keep Americans imprisoned but to prevent our example of freedom and success from reaching the Earth’s most retched poor and inspiring them to roll up their sleeves and to go forth and do as we have done.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/alarmists-keep-ringing-the-bell/story-e6frg6zo-1225857624661