Eisenhower's message is muscular, stark, and foreboding, and his fears were well-placed. Since the speech, we've seen a massive extension and consolidation of the power of the military industrial complex.
Clearly, the Eisenhower warning we needed to hear even more clearly over these last 50 years is about the nation's insolvency complex. An alert and knowledgeable citizenry, Ike said, should take nothing for granted.
As Dr. King told us, we cannot walk alone. The destiny of all Americans is inextricably bound together. My greatest hope is that the justice movement will be a way for all of us to stand together to "Build the Dream!"
It will be 21st Century railcars, powered by electricity, that will liberate us locally, regionally and nationally from our gas-guzzling, single-passenger coffins that make our existing roads nightmares, day and night.
It appears that, for the far right, the import of local opinion and the ability for local communities to make decisions for themselves only applies in communities that agree with the values of the far right.
General McChrystal needed a way out of what was becoming for him an unbearable burden: the conflict between the best interests of his country and the best interests of the soldiers who served under him.