I recently read, Eisenhower, The White House Years, by Jim Newton. In the past, I've read a lot of books about Eisenhower's life, especially his commanding role in the second world war. But, this is the first book I've read on his presidency.
We must do more to insure that future Americans live in a country where their voices can be heard and their freedom is secure. This Labor Day, and throughout the crucial next two months, we must show that we are equal to the task.
A well funded network of right-wing extremists wants to make it socially and politically impossible to express the ideals that made this country great. One of those extremists, Sarah Palin, appeared on their billionaire-funded network this week to attack Elizabeth Warren.
John Sununu made an interesting point, and it certainly got me to thinking. Eisenhower spent several years honing his un-Americanism at the Ivy League's "Columbia boutique," where he set the stage for the future schooling of his comrade-in-arms, Barack Hussein Obama.
A video dialogue took place between American students at the College of Charleston, and Egyptian students, primarily from the American University in Cairo. Discussion centered on the students' experiences of the Arab Spring, as well as Egypt's on-going political transition.
The end of a racist nation cannot just come from an integration of races in schools, the workplace and politics. It must come from a very personal change in perception. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 changed the law, but it's the people that change a culture.
Several people report they cannot forgive Eisenhower's moral and political failure to speak out and repudiate McCarthy. That is not how it went down with Ike, according to Jim Newton's excellent new biography, Eisenhower: The White House Years.
Is it "nostalgia" to ask that the Eisenhower Memorial "shall blend with the essential lines of the old"? Would critics like to see Paris "improved" by some more oppressive skyscraper? Should Venice, Rome, and Florence get with the times and jazz up their hopelessly backwards cities?
As important as Ike's deeds were to our country, in some way his words were (and are) even more important, especially in this time of constant war and bloated budgets for "defense" and our burgeoning trade in deadly weaponry.