56 Years Ago Today, Eisenhower Warned Americans Of "The Unwarranted Influence" Of The Deep State

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In his farewell address to the nation 56 years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the American people for the first time to keep a careful eye on what he called the "military-industrial complex" that had developed in the post-World War II years. Fiscally conservative Eisenhower had been concerned about the growing size and cost of the American defense establishment since he became president in 1953, and as History.com notes, in his last presidential address to the American people, he expressed those concerns in terms that shocked many of his listeners.

Eisenhower began by describing the changing nature of the American defense establishment since World War II. No longer could the U.S. afford the “emergency improvisation” that characterized its preparations for war against Germany and Japan. Instead, the United States was “compelled to create a permanent armaments industry” and a huge military force. He admitted that the Cold War made clear the “imperative need for this development,” but he was gravely concerned about “the acquisition of unwarranted influence…by the military-industrial complex.” In particular, he asked the American people to guard against the “danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”

 

Eisenhower’s blunt language stunned some of his supporters. They believed that the man who led the country to victory in Europe in World War II and guided the nation through some of the darkest moments of the Cold War was too negative toward the military-industrial complex that was the backbone of America’s defense. For most listeners, however, it seemed clear that Eisenhower was merely stating the obvious. World War II and the ensuing Cold War resulted in the development of a large and powerful defense establishment. Necessary though that development might be, Eisenhower warned, this new military-industrial complex could weaken or destroy the very institutions and principles it was designed to protect.

From January 17th 1961... ("unwarranted influence" begins at 8:41)

 

Full - frighteningly prophetic - Speech:

Good evening, my fellow Americans.

First, I should like to express my gratitude to the radio and television networks for the opportunities they have given me over the years to bring reports and messages to our nation. My special thanks go to them for the opportunity of addressing you this evening.

Three days from now, after half century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor. This evening, I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other — Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the nation. My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and finally to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years. In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the nation good, rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling — on my part — of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.

We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential, and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches, and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity, and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension, or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt, both at home and abroad.

Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insiduous [insidious] in method. Unhappily, the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defenses; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs, balance between the private and the public economy, balance between the cost and hoped for advantages, balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable, balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual, balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress. Lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration. The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their Government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of threat and stress.

But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. Of these, I mention two only.

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction. Our military organization today bears little relation to that known of any of my predecessors in peacetime, or, indeed, by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States cooperations — corporations.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

During the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations — past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of disarmament — of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent, I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war, as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years, I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.

So, in this, my last good night to you as your President, I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and in peace. I trust in that — in that — in that service you find some things worthy. As for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

You and I, my fellow citizens, need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nations’ great goals.

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration: We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its few spiritual blessings. Those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibility; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; and that the sources — scourges of poverty, disease, and ignorance will be made [to] disappear from the earth; and that in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

Now, on Friday noon, I am to become a private citizen. I am proud to do so. I look forward to it.

Thank you, and good night.

h/t Jim Quinn's Burning Platform blog

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Bill of Rights's picture

And it's more and more evident by the day he was correct

Jim in MN's picture

I will take this opportunity to offer a 'Deporable' proposal for health care reform.  It would act as a 'big bang' start to competition, carve off the very ill as a separate matter (we need to have the 90% of the market that CAN work to function), and offer significant premium relief.

A Deplorable Proposal On Health Care Reform: Joint Open Premium Yield (JOPY) Fund

The 2016 Presidential election has created a unique moment in American politics.  The ground has shifted and the apple carts of both major parties, as well as the national media, have been upset.  Into breach must now step an unruly and rapidly organized cadre of volunteers—the Deplorables, today’s peaceful Minutemen.

Establishment Republicans, along with the remaining Democratic forces, will attempt to preserve the status quo across a range of key issues.  The storylines will be all the things that cannot be done. 

But the storyline that America needs to succeed is what can be done.

‘Guns and butter’ issues are named for a famous statement from Frederick Von Bismarck, who unified Germany from the martial Prussian state and a collection of German-speaking territories in the 19th century. 

The 2016 election was marked by a failure of the status quo to serve the American public’s interest on guns and butter issues.  The attempt to fool voters by substituting a set of emotionally fraught social issues failed in a complete and devastating fashion.

In order to forge a successful Presidency and a new direction in American politics, it is critical for the incoming Trump Administration to score major wins on guns and butter issues.  The pre-Inauguration work on U.S. manufacturing firms and trade demonstrates both the importance of these issues, and the precious room for change that the electoral earthquake has created.

Health care is directly in the new Administration’s sights.  There is immense appetite for change.  If the next reforms fail, systemic collapse or a national single-payer scheme become by far the most likely outcomes.  Facing this extreme strategic risk, it is clear that the President-elect has an opportunity to bring in the executives of the Nation’s health care insurers, major care providers, and pharmaceutical firms.  He can make, and expect to win, very tough demands and come to very big deals with these executives.

The question is—what does he ask for?

Replacing the Affordable Care Act has been an elusive quest for the establishment Republicans.  On the Democratic side, and mix of timid incremental fixes rests uneasily with an urge to socialize the entire health care sector.  This intellectual bankruptcy is just one more symptom of the failure of the status quo.

Now is the time for a truly Deplorable proposal—one based on the fundamentally American tenets of liberty, free markets, and the quest for innovation.  A proposal that blows by the status quo and the short-sighted strategies of the industry powers that be.  A proposal, most importantly, that can be implemented quickly, offer premium relief to Americans, and create a permanent shift in an industry that makes up 20 percent of the U.S. economy.

The basis of this proposal is twofold: First, that the executives of the industries can and will make major changes under existential threat (indeed, this is the only means to induce such change); and second, that significant cost efficiencies are possible in health care delivery and administration, but have not been incentivized due to the baroque, opaque, and often nonsensical regulatory tangle that both stifles competition and allows profiteering to those who learn to game the system.

What the President-elect should demand is the creation of a $100 billion fund, paid for up front by the industry.  We call this the Joint Open Premium Yield fund or JOPY.  This fund would be used to pay the profits for those elements of the industry that demonstrate significant efficiency gains over the following three years.  For the first time, corporate boardrooms would be seeking lean and efficient cost structures rather than padding and gold plating (to inflate or hide excess profits).  Insurance companies, hospitals, medical partnerships, and patients would all share a common goal, to meet needs at the lowest cost.   Foreign providers and procedures should be allowed to compete in open marketplaces.  At least five competitive sources should be sought, or if necessary created, for as many cost points as possible.  In this manner, one three-year ‘big bang’ would be the genesis of a culture of competition and, one can hope, excellence in service delivery.

But there will be another use of the $100 billion JOPY fund.  Immediate and significant premium relief for Americans can provide the Trump Administration with its critically needed big win.   It is also fair, and well deserved.  A $100 billion fund would be sufficient to bring $1,000 of premium relief to every American household.  But not all households use private insurance.  So even more would be available to those that do, at least $100 per month, perhaps double that. 

What if the industry succeeds in bringing competitive efficiency to play, but the JOPY fund has been used already for premium relief?  In that event, further sources of funds would be considered, such as a bond securitization.  But if this plan succeeds, so much productive investment and cost-cutting would be unleashed that industry profitability should be greatly enhanced.  Perhaps the JOPY fund is an investment that pays for itself.  The scale and inefficiency of the U.S. health care system today certainly suggests the possibility.

This proposal is not put forward in order to take credit, and not for personal profit.  The specific Deplorables responsible for it have a combined half century of public policy experience, and understand the details of regulated industries including health care as well as anyone in the country.  We are as fed up as the majorities that voted for Donald Trump in state after state in November.  We can do better and we must.

Other reforms are also called for.  Catastrophic care should be paid for directly via a Federal cost reimbursement model, with long term lifestyle and wellness approaches prioritized.  The ‘long tail’ of catastrophic risk needs to be cut off so the vast majority of Americans can have more choices, including the choice of no insurance coverage, in a normally functioning free market.  Incentives can be provided to make self-insuring against catastrophic risk an attractive deal, without forcing its purchase.

Pharmaceutical companies have been parasites on all of us for long enough.  The proposal outlined here is not for them.  The Trump Administration should simply demand an immediate discount sufficient to wipe out the past five years of excess revenue (not ‘profit’ since the drug firms tend to hide excess revenues in their research and development programs, among other games).  The new small-p politics of the big deal make this another immediate win that can, along with significant premium relief from the JOPY fund, turn a true guns and butter issue into a turning point in American political economy.

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xythras (not verified) Jim in MN Jan 17, 2017 10:23 PM

Good that PD, FBI, US Army, Vets are all for Trump.

CIA can go to hell. Soon will be blown to smithereens by The Donald..

http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-01-17/secret-service-takes-measures-...

shovelhead's picture

You're nonstop blog flogging is getting annoying.

You want to link? Buy a banner.

J S Bach's picture

I don't care how often or much people want to blow up Eisenhower's legacy balloon... as far as I'm concerned, he was one of the great mass murderers of history.  When the National Socialists surrendered in 1945, under Eisenhower's watch as Supreme Commander of the ETO... the 2,000,000+ German soldiers who laid down their arms in good faith were systematically herded into open-air concentration camps where at least half of them died agonizing deaths due to cold and deprivation.  Then, the son-of-a-bitch went on to become a two-term president who played more rounds of golf during his tenure than Obama... and THAT'S saying something.

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Fathead Slim (not verified) J S Bach Jan 18, 2017 12:44 AM

But...But...he was a REPUBLICAN golf playing son of a bitch. Don't you even get it?

N0TME's picture

True, maybe, I repeat, maybe, he woke up too late.

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Fathead Slim (not verified) Jim in MN Jan 18, 2017 12:42 AM

WTF does that have to do with Ike?

Jim in MN's picture

The health/pharma industry is part of the MIC.  You want to complain about it, or admire words from a half century ago...or do something about it?

flaminratzazz's picture

U.S. economy is now so dependent on military spending that with out the trillions spent, our economy would collapse.

We cant build a toaster worth a shit but we can bomb the fvk out of brown people.

BabaLooey's picture

Ike

The last "good" President"....

Not to die in office.

IMHO

Crawdaddy's picture

I grew up loving the guy because my Grandfather liked him. It wasnt untill later I reversed engineered the globalist bullshit to realize good ole Golfing Ike had dirty hands in the NWO.

gallistic's picture

I too am sick of the "Good ol' Ike" idiocy.

It is fucking insulting to any person with half a brain and a smattering of historic knowledge.

I won't flesh it out completely, but here are a couple of brief points with starter links for anyone who wishes to dig a little deeper.

Eisenhower was singularly responsible for molding the newly-minted CIA into the beast it became. He empowered and unleashed his fellow monsters (Dulles Bros) on the nation and the world. He directly asked for, and approved the brutality and carnage of Operations like WASHTUB, PBSUCCESS (Guatemala), Operation Ajax (Iran), and Operation Pluto (Cuba), among many others. I mention just these three, because, although on the surface they were portrayed as "anti-commie" operations they betray his deep and convoluted ties to the military-industrial complex he was so "concerned" about.

He also had no moral conflict openly threatening China with nuclear annihilation (look up Stephen Ambrose). His sense of morality and ethics was also on display in such noble programs as COINTELPRO, MKULTRA, and Mockingbird on steroids, among many others. He was a master of "Dirty Tricks" and had absolutely no problem with bald-faced lying and denying responsibility. His "military-industrial" message was either blatant CYA hypocrisy, or at best, a meaningless exculpatory gesture of remorse.

There is much more that can be said, but I think the point has been made.

roddy6667's picture

America does have the money that it is spending on "defense". It is to be paid by our children and their children. They will all be debt-slaves to enrich  the elite of today. This is one reason that makes America such an expensive place to manufacture or conduct business. The situation is comparable to an individual who has a good paying job but pays out over 50% of his paycheck to debt.

flaminratzazz's picture

it is danm hard to be  comfortable in retirement if you worked for another for a living.

and with the gov regulatory strangulation, having a profitable business is even harder.

sleigher's picture

No doubt we could build a self powered toaster that would last 1000 years.   Just don't let the kids burn the toast or you kitchen will be unaccessible for 1000 years.

True Blue's picture

We cant build a toaster worth a shit but we can bomb the fvk out of brown people.

The bomb only has to work once.

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

the quality of Presidents has diminished exponentially in the last 56 years.

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Fathead Slim (not verified) 2_legs_bahhhhhd Jan 18, 2017 12:40 AM

Nah. They were assholes 56 years ago, too.

Ignatius's picture

America is ready for this conversation whether they know it now, or not.

ebworthen's picture

Dwight D. Eisenhower - Commander of Allied Forces in WWII, knew what he was talking about.

No coincidence that is predecessor J.F.K. was assassinated by the M.I.C.

Watch out Trump!  Drain the swamp!  Quick!

flaminratzazz's picture

Mankind must put an end to war--or war will put an end to mankind. jfk

so whats it going to be?

Chupacabra-322's picture

What's at Stake is the Deep State Global network of MultiNational Central Banking, Espionage, Murder, War, Torture, Destabilization Campaigns, BlackMail, Extortion, Child / Human Trafficking, Drug / Gun Running, Money Laundering, Corruption, NSA spying, Media control & control of the 17 Intelligence Agencies.

Most importantly, The Deep State controls all the distribution lines of the aforementioned. Especially the Coaxial Cable Communication lines of Espionage spying & Surveillance State Apparatus / Infrastructure.

Agencies all built on the British Model of Intelligence. Purely Evil & Highly Compartmentalized Levels which function as a Step Pyramid Model of Authority / Monarch Reign Pyramid Model of Authority.

That's what's at Stake. How this plays out is anyone's guess. The Pure Evil Criminal Psychopath Rogue elements of the Deep State will not go quietly. If not dealt with now, they'll disappear only to resurface at a later date with one objective:

Create Mayhem.

It's those Select Highly Compartmentalized Criminal Pure Evil Rogue Elements at the Deep State Top that have had control since the JFK Execution that have entrenched themselves for decades & refuse to relinquish Control.

It's The Black Hats Versus The White Hats. Pure Evil War / Economic Oligarch Criminal Dynasties which must fall but refuse.

Interesting Times.

The misconception is that individuals believe we are dealing with normal, sane human beings. We're not. Far from it. What we are dealing with are sick, twisted, Pure Evil Criminal, Psychopathic, Satanic / Lucerferian elements from the CIA / Pentagram Temple of Set Scum literally making Hell on Earth.

Hell Bent on one goal: Total Complete Full Spectrum World Domination over Mankind.
These "Occult" Scum Fucks have been "Illuminated" & bought out into the light for all the World to see. And, like roaches. They're attempting to scurry back into the darkness through distraction & deception.

It would be Nieve to think that hundreds of thousands of years of control over mankind be simply turned over by the Criminal Pure Evil Psychopathic Elite.

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Mass_hysteria (not verified) Jan 17, 2017 10:20 PM

Did the american listen? No they're dumber than ever, justin bieber coming out from the speakers, fat, sloppy, disgusting mcdonalds fat and dropped IQ by 20 points because they drink coca cola and tap water with fluoride in it. the american people are like test rats, u know when they implant human ears on them and shit....they are being experimented with on mass scale but they're so dumb and won't do anything about it.

 

look at it now, multiculturalism and tolerant hahahahahah...oh boy america, it's gonna get real rough for you when the economy collapses. all the zombies in the street will start running instead of walking...climb on walls and shit.

 

just wait until the ebt cards stop working..oh boy....get out of the cities...im telling u this for your own good, u don't want to get caught by the zombie, aka the walking dead aka the human being.

 

they created the zombie movies for a reason, it is a warning to you that you better get ready for it, because it's coming...the zombie might not be like in the movies, but they are here and they are walking next to you and they sit next to you on the train.

 

don't get me started on all the weaponized weather and chemtrails they are using against you....yeah you think im a lunatic and im psycho...look up in the sky man, the air your are breathing is not what you think it is.

DuneCreature's picture

Deep state? .. You mean like these guys = The MIC Pirate Ship 'Clinton Satan Foundation?'..... She's a slaver isn't she?

Deep state is a just code phrase for cut throat greedy pirates.

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Get them while they are hot. ..... George's copies were wiped out by someone (Spooks, NSA, YouTube by order of ?, ...Who knows?)

Someone who doesn't want this to become common knowledge.

Hurry, and save yourself a copy before AI AL 'Mandela Effects' the info.

Day 23 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJv8MmYDDH0

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Day 26 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K0k84CXkRM

Or a playlist that includes Day 23 though Day 35 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJv8MmYDDH0&list=PLLvzeLYyBDQn5Mj9v6xdFg...

The On Going Broadside from George Webb - https://www.youtube.com/user/georgwebb

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Crawdaddy's picture

Fuck Ike - he was a tool of the globalist. I knew people who hated his guts. And I like them. So Fuck Ike.

YHC-FTSE's picture

My mum used to tell me, "If you want to know where you are going, you must know where you've come from".

History is a wonderful thing. Whenever I am confused about the convoluted way of the world today, unable to reconcile what I see with what is being told to me and failing to rationalize the most bastshit crazy irrational behaviours of those in power, fragments of history just like Eisenhower's fairwell speech to the nation make things infinitely clearer.

America is touted as the egalitarin beacon of freedom and has been all of my life. The sad truth is, and there's not even a pretense of it anymore, it is run by psychopathic oligarchs obsessed compulsively with money and power that is most evident in the way it projects its military power. Not to defeat any foe that changes with the seasons, but merely to replenish and invent more sickening ways to kill and at the same time benefit those who profit from chaos.

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Mass_hysteria (not verified) YHC-FTSE Jan 17, 2017 10:23 PM

ther are good americans, they just have to understand that this illusion called america dissapeared long time ago..in order to fix a problem you must first accept what has caused it in the first place and thats usually in the mirror

YHC-FTSE's picture

Undoubtedly true. I've probably learned more from astute and awake individual Americans than from anyone else and hopefully in turn I've contributed to the epiphany others. The most powerful of the oligarchs, the neocon zionists, have such a reach and pernicious influence in every aspect of life through the captive media, politics and civil services that it almost seems impossible to oppose them. The MIC that Eisenhower warned us about appears to encompass every aspect of life and perpetual wars almost seem like extra revenue streams in their geopolitical antics.

True Blue's picture

And most importantly, they -and their political lackeys- can do as they please in secret. You can't look in a mirror when it is fogged with lies and deceits. The 'fog of war' is used as a veil to deliberately keep the public blinded.

"State secrets" make any form of 'representation' impossible because nobody can be allowed to know who has done what to whom or who is responsible for doing what. State secrets make mockery of elections because there can be no judgement or accountability; we're 'grown-up' enough to grant them nearly absolute power -but not 'grown-up' enough to be allowed to know what they do with it. For example: since 'we' are responsible for paying for it; just where exactly are the trillions of dollars the Pentagon 'misplaced' and who -up and down the chain of command- is responsible? We will never be allowed to know.

Another issue of course is Jefferson's prescient warning about Banks and the corporations that grow around them impoverishing us; which is at the very least an integral part of the MIC, if not the sole driver.

As for the hyper-inflated price we pay for these weapons; we'd be better off dropping Ford Pinto's with a full fuel tank from airplanes. That would 'stimulate' the economy more than subsidizing the graft and corruption of the 'exclusive' arms manufacturers who are bilking the public coffers on every sale.

Hell, come to think of it, you could really Krugman things up and save money at the same time. Call it "Cash for Kaboomers" and offer 20K for any car, any condition; then turn it into a webcam guided bomb (I'm picturing fins like a '57 Cadillac welded on, and Radio Shack R/C tech guiding it) and let the person who traded in the car watch its live deployment. If you let 'em remotely fly it, people would be lining up to give their cars away.

As to the (above you) assertion that the economy would collapse if not for the MIC; sorry, but that is false. The private economy is robbed of more than half of its current and future economic productivity via taxes of one form or another, of which 1/5 of declared Federal spending is on the MIC. The few hundred thousand MIC jobs (let's say a million) won't matter against the return of c. 10% of the entire private economy. Those jobs would also not necessarily disappear, if they sell a product that is cost-effective and considered a good investment by someone somewhere. 

 

flaminratzazz's picture

I dont believe that mirror horseshit, we were fvkin lied to day in and day out by the very people we voted into power for a 100 years and only NOW that we have a different form of information can we the people actually understand the scope of damage they have done.

so fvk your mirror clap trap b.c there wasn't one to look into.

wacky47's picture

A giant speech from a giant man. It makes Obama's self congratulatory farewell remarks look like total drivel.

SILVERGEDDON's picture

Obama would'nt even qualify as a dingleberry hanging from Eisenhauer's ass hair on a bad day.

dexter_morgan's picture

5 TRILLION more for "DEFENSE"..........J. McInsane.........

Crawdaddy's picture

Get the flags flying and salute ol Glory! Bomb OPs and give plastic legs and 200$ a month disability checks to our guys who believed our bullshit and got caught on the bad side of the deal! USA USA!

flaminratzazz's picture

the biggest truth in 5 minutes ever aired on television

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMqcLUqYqrs

Sphira's picture

Interesting vid... when some of the truths expressed are accepted, the pressing question is Why?

Former MI5 adds some context as he aches over the. Sea of indifference to what set us apart in the first place 

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m4Ici4M_Lqw

Yen Cross's picture

 FUCK---  Kennedy  kicked ass.

   Im not a Kennidy faygirl. Women needto wake<up. 

 Nice  adjustments Tyler

shovelhead's picture

Well Ike, nobody listened to ya and here we are.

flaminratzazz's picture

the enemy was already inside the gates, there was no stopping it.

Dark Daze's picture
Dark Daze (not verified) Jan 17, 2017 10:42 PM

So, one of the greatest men in history and a testament to the idea of personal liberty and achievement, and they fucking pissed all over him and his legacy.

A lot of people say truth and reconcillation. I say no way Jose. The psychopaths burn. Every single one of them. Roosevelt should have executed them all in 1933.

You don't get to murder millions and just walk away from it.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Dark Daze Jan 18, 2017 12:37 AM

" Roosevelt should have executed them all in 1933."

That's just funny as shit.

BigCumulusClouds's picture

Roosevelt was a 33rd degree Mason who was too stupid economically to get us out of the Great Depression. And he tricked us into WW2. He didn't give a shit about nobody but himself. Four term asshole.

besnook's picture

and then they proceeded to shoot malcom x, jfk, mlk and rfk, missed teddy and ronny and george, got junior and wellstone and now maybe trump. time ,arches on.

excuse me for missing a few others like the clinton list.

flaminratzazz's picture

they put a warning slug in ronnie. bad day for jim brady. this is what people dont realize, if you piss these people off you will die and they will not lose power without taking the world down with them.

their JOB is to kill people..

sooooooo

we b fvked