I run this clip periodically because I think it is one of the most important presidential speeches caught on tape. It is of president Eisenhower, who was the commander of American forces during World War 2 warning of the emergence of a powerful armaments industry in the United States, and the danger of such an industry. It was his farewell address to the nation.
I am a navy brat. My father is/was a Cold Warrior. I’ve spent a good part of my life around the Military Industrial Complex and I believe Eisenhower’s warning was dismissed and continues to be dismissed simply because so many people make money in the war machine.
Nick Gillespie is a great writer and advocate for liberty. Here he analyzes Rand Paul’s proposal in the Senate which will increase military spending by billions. Something which has disappointed many small government conservatives and libertarians.
Some within the GOP will always want more military spending. Whether in peace or during times of war their bias is always toward MORE. This disposition is not good for the Republic as President Eisenhower in his farewell speech explained.
Remember, this guy led our forces in World War II as a five star general, was a Republican president, and has an aircraft carrier named for him.
A few weeks ago we wrote about the “mandarin class” which populates official and think tank Washington DC. We argued that many of the people making important policy decisions are dangerously out of touch with the real “blood” of America, the grit, the nuts and bolts. Many of this group of folks come from the same northeastern schools and have similar political dispositions (which is to say establishment liberal). This wonky concentration has only increased over the years.
Oh Senator Graham. When he’s not shilling for his new sponsor and head of Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelson he is doing his dance for the Military Industrial Complex.
Yeah, let’s send 10,000 ground troops back into the Middle East. Great idea. The crony birds continue to fly.
What’s up South Carolina? You guys had a chance to take this guy out last go’round.
My pumpkin-o-peace from this Halloween.
I am sure some people will be surprised by this which is why it is news. But they shouldn’t be. The Kochs are for the most part libertarian. The Center for American Progress is full of “progressives.” Progressives have historically liked war.
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. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Indeed, it’s long past time.
In this video they don’t show weaponized systems, but they exist. The public isn’t quite ready to see a robot mowing down a target with an automatic machine gun.
“What the ____ is this?”
Just because a senator gets a bunch of contributions from the defense industry does not mean necessarily that there is a quid pro quo, or even anything close. Many senators are naturally inclined toward a big military and so it just makes sense that defense contractors throw money their way. (It “makes sense” anyway, given our current system.) However, there is a pretty strong correlation between voting for bombing Syria and defense contributions as Wired explains.