Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Apparently, not all Republicans circa 1952 were fucking stupid.

"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 that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."

--President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952

5 comments:

John said...

Brilliant.

arcticactor said...

Hmmm ... I seem to recall the same adorable cueball-headed President Malaprop of yesteryear warning against ... oh, what was it? ... the military-industrial something or other? ... oh yeah! Complex! That ... thing. He said that, too didn't he? Shit! If memory serves, the top income tax rate in Eisenhower's era was 82% or something? Ya know ... if we'd kept him in office "we wouldn't have all the problems we have today," to paraphrase another time-traveling republican of the day.

The Deceiver said...

Have you ever noticed that when Republicans gather these days to salute their members of yesteryear, it's Ike that never seems to get any love?

I wonder why that is!

DCepticon said...

I know it hurts me when I say this, but Republicans weren't truly evil until Reagan. Even Nixon was not as bad as what we have today. There used to be true conservatives in the old days. Not these morally high handed hypocrites driving a wedge between the have nots and the have even lesses in order to give more to the too fucjing muches. Ike was not the golf playing, stroke victim he was painted by historians for fifty years but instead oversaw not just a huge economic expansion but also carried on many of the programs started by FDR and Truman which could have been shelved as hold overs from the Depression. Ideas like Medicare and Social Security and the Space Program owe a great deal to the man who won the war in Europe.

Washington Cube said...

I don't know where you unearthed that quote, but it's perfect. Thank you for posting it.