4. An Illuminating Document, AND more timely than meets the eye.
from the link above, excerpts from Eisenhower's 1956 GOP platform:
“We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs—expansion of social security—broadened coverage in unemployment insurance —improved housing—and better health protection for all our people. We are determined that our government remain warmly responsive to the urgent social and economic problems of our people.”
“We hold that the major world issue today is whether Government shall be the servant or the master of men. We hold that the Bill of Rights is the sacred foundation of personal liberty. That men are created equal needs no affirmation, but they must have equality of opportunity and protection of their civil rights under the law.”
“Under the Republican Administration, as our country has prospered, so have its people. This is as it should be, for as President Eisenhower said: “Labor is the United States. The men and women, who with their minds, their hearts and hands, create the wealth that is shared in this country—they are America.”
Today we are watching the incredible assault of GOP henchmen on the social safety net, organized labor, the poor and the middle class of our nation. Compare today's rightwing ideology with the platform of Eisenhower. In large degree, those henchmen represent the interests of capitalism at its ugliest and we see (in real time) how far they are willing to go to accomplish their aims and regain power.
Interestingly, just a few hours ago I viewed a Thom Hartmann video which stated Eisenhower was the last Republican President elected in a fair/legitimate election. To support his claim, he pointed to the same issues above which were supported by a majority of the electorate at the time. (I provide the link in order to make his statement about Eisenhower readily available - not to provoke or evoke more debate over the proof of stolen elections, which was his main topic). The frequently heard lament about Reagan not being electable today pales in contrast to the electability of Eisenhower.