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Sat Apr 13, 2013, 09:23 AM

By todays standards, Eisenhower would have been a great Democrat!

I remember Ike, but I needed to be 21 to vote at that time, so missed out. But, looking back I can remember there were some big investigations pretty good tax rates, even for the millionaires, plenty of jobs for labor and strong fed building programs for the infrastructure. And I don't remember him wanting to change domestic programs like Soc. Sec.. (of course Medicare wasn't started yet.) Compare him to our modern Dems, and we can see how far adrift are the so-called left wing in this country.

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Response to dmosh42 (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 09:36 AM

1. Want to agree with you but Ike, I think, would have been a DLC Democrat. He had the malignant Dulles

 

brothers; "Engine" Charlie Wilson; and he didn't put up much of a fight to pick someone other than Nixon.
I even remember Oveta Culp Hobby(Hah) who wasn't so hot either.
More importantly, Ike didn't take a leadership role in shutting up McCarthy.
Ezra Taft Bensen?

But to end on a positive note, Ike was more like Clinton than any current Republican with any following.

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Response to byeya (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 11:03 AM

7. Yes, I agree he had his losers, but then JFK had his MacNamera!

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Response to byeya (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 11:42 AM

11. And don't forget we have him to thank for the ouster of Mossadegh in Iran,

 

followed by the installment of the Shah and the subsequent radicalization of Islam. The CIA was only a few years old but already off to a bad, and prophetic, start.

For oil of course.

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Response to dmosh42 (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 09:38 AM

2. The last good Republican president.

 

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Response to dmosh42 (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 09:41 AM

3. There's really no way of knowing, is there? We're products of

 

our times, as well as heredity, and environment. That's why playing these anachronistic mental games is so pointless.

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Response to cali (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 11:05 AM

9. My point was only that we've gone so right, the fascist are happy!

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Response to dmosh42 (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 09:41 AM

4. I doubt he could get elected today......

Repubs would say he is too liberal and Dems would say he was a DLCer.

Personally, I think he was a good president.

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Response to dmosh42 (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 09:45 AM

5. And Obama would be to the right of Nixon

Can anyone imagine Obama trying something like wage and price controls?

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Response to n2doc (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 10:48 AM

6. Obama: Wage and price controls? Don't think so. Wouldn't come up with the EPA either

 

in my opinion.

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Response to dmosh42 (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 11:04 AM

8. The 1956 Republican Party platform was well to the left of the 2012 Democratic one.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 11:27 AM

10. in what way? In what areas?

 

And they address such different issues.

I think the 2012 dem platform was pretty progressive. the problem is that the party needs to do more than put up a pretty platform.

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