Ike: Anti-Bush Republican
The far right Limbaugh-types of the Republican party never liked Dwight Eisenhowere when he was alive.
Once marginalized, rightist and revanchist elements of the Republican party now rule the White House and Congress.
Many soldiers have since lost their lives in a land they know not.
Now wonder today's Eisehower is appalled.
When John Eisenhower, the son of President Eisenhower, endorsed Kerry, he let it be known that Bush was abhorrent to values that the name "Ike" signifies.
Obviously, as a military historian and a former Ambassador, Mr. Eisenhower would find Bush to be absurd.
However, it was not just Kerry's heroism, or Bush's military flameout, but an overall degeneration of the Republican party, that brought Eisenhower into the Democratic camp.
Thanks to Francesca for posting this:
"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 that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires like H.L. Hunt, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
~President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952 -A letter to his brother, Milton, written November 8, 1954
"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. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
~Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961 Farewell