Wednesday, July 20, 2011
President Eisenhower Tells The Truth
Eisenhower represents the high water mark for African-American support of a Republican presidential candidate. We liked Ike and he received 39% of the African American vote in the 1956 election that gave him his second term. Nixon got 32% in the razor thin 1960 election vs John F. Kennedy, and then starting with the LBJ landslide of 1964 no Republican has gotten more than 15% of the African American vote since. .
But back to talking about Ike being one of the last honest Republican presidents. During his January 17, 1961 farewell speech he warned us of the dangers of the military industrial complex.
He also said this
"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, but their number is negligible and they are stupid."
Hmm, wonder who that resembles?