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President Eisenhower On Labor Unions

February 26, 2011

I am reading a book about President Eisenhower, (more on that later) and as such the topic of the former President is being discussed here at home.  James found a most interesting quote from the former Republican leader Friday night on the internet.  The quote was one that Ike had penned in a letter to his brother Edgar in November of 1954.

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. … Their number is negligible and they are stupid.” -Eisenhower

That the moderate voice of President Eisenhower would not be allowed to gain much volume in the rancid world of today’s conservatives is without doubt.  All sanity and thoughtfulness have vanished as the loud, strident, and fringe elements have overtaken the GOP.

History shows there were others who had views more in-line with traditional American values.  Sadly, as Governor Walker has demonstrated those times seem to be over, even here in Wisconsin.

Ike would not be amused.

  1. Sam permalink
    August 6, 2018 2:35 PM

    Thanks for posting about issues of the day in historical ways. This is a unique blog.

  2. Nell permalink
    February 28, 2018 8:19 AM

    History that needs to be known! Cheers to W. VA teachers!

  3. Linda permalink
    February 25, 2018 11:38 PM

    The current GOP wants to gut public sector unions as the court case today proves.

  4. Pauline permalink
    July 25, 2017 3:45 PM

    It is troubling about the way the Republicans have slimed this nation. The old standard bearers would be so ashamed.

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