Tuesday, May 24, 2005

What's not to like about Ike?

A few days ago, The Heretik channeled the ghost of Eisenhower. Summoning the shades of the departed struck me as an awful lot of effort to go to when so many of the man's recorded words were so accessible and apt.

Courtesy of www.bartleby.com:
  • "Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you are going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed."

    — June 14, 1953, Dartmouth College.

  • "May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion."

    — May 31, 1954, New York City.

  • "Should a nation which attacks and occupies foreign territory in the face of United Nations disapproval be allowed to impose conditions on its own withdrawal?"

    — radio and television broadcast on the situation in the Middle East, Washington, D.C., February 20, 1957, following Israel's invasion of Egypt on October 29, 1956, precipitating the Suez Crisis.

  • "But we know that freedom cannot be served by the devices of the tyrant. As it is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence. And any who act as if freedom’s defenses are to be found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America."

    — letter on intellectual freedom to Dr. Robert B. Downs, president of the American Library Association, June 24, 1953.

  • "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."

    — to American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953.

Où sont les Républicains d'antan?


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