A Republican perspective   2 comments

Most of us may have quoted parts of Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation on January 17, 1961. In our current times, it seems appropriate to share the complete address. — kenne

So Far From Heaven

Jack posted this in August, 2005:

President, Former Commander in Chief, Allied Expeditionary Forces, Europe, WWII:

Dwight David Eisenhower

Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation
January 17, 1961

Good evening, my fellow Americans: First, I should like to express my gratitude to the radio and television networks for the opportunity they have given me over the years to bring reports and messages to our nation. My special thanks go to them for the opportunity of addressing you this evening.
Three days from now, after a half century of service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and…

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Posted January 15, 2021 by kenneturner in Information

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  1. Thanks, Kenne, for re-blogging this. I think we need that reminder that there can be decency in politics after all.

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  2. As intended, I think, a reminder of how our public civic virtues and the expression of them have changed. For many decades this speech has been remembered with the shorthand of Ike’s warning about the “Military-Industrial complex.” This a long speech, but that was one of the two points that Ike himself wanted to highlight as what we now call a “take away”. But here’s what I found interesting. There was another point he equally wanted to emphasize: a worry that research and intellectual curiosity itself would be dragooned into existing only from of government contracts. He says in that section:

    “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.”

    Odd, the two big things just over the horizon in lifetime I’ve lived from Ike to now were the eventual restructuring of the two big Communist nations that were the big bad in his and most of the country’s outlook, and the rise of near ubiquitously connected personal computing devices. Those once hundreds of “new electronic computers” are now uncountably numerous and widespread, in nearly every home and hand.

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