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Dwight D. Eisenhower

What did Eisenhower warn about in his farewell address?

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2009-06-07 17:48:06

Mr. Eisenhower, true statesman that he is, in his role as leader

of the free world warned us that military spending could increase

by its very nature. That once unleashed, the military industrial

complex will take on a life of its own. The relatively new scale of

war-like yet primitive behavior will consume budgets, agendas, and

policies of many nations' and serve to divide rather than unite.

The military industrial complex can become the tool that

ethnocentrism will utilize to impose its way of life on others who

are not so well defended. Of profound importance, this outgoing

President is warning future Presidents of the United States as well

as other political leaders to not loose sight of the power and

influence of this reality nor let it be co-opted by those who have

the financial or political wherewithal to do so. Mr. Eisenhower, a

wise and forward-thinking individual, is warning us of the

supremely enticing, yet highly problematic reality that will

accompany us should we allow ourselves to invest in military

solutions to the complex world problems. Also, he is hinting at the

reality that political and socioeconomic problems cannot be

properly addressed or solved via military means. The military

industrial complex looks and feels like a protective barrier

against evil, however, in reality, it is an ever growing beast that

if not managed will eventually destroy us. He is clearly stating

that if we venture down that road it will have the most profound

implications upon the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of

our countrymen and the whole of humanity. He is warning us to use

power judiciously to serve all humankind otherwise it will be the

vehicle for the downfall of our nation or perhaps become method by

which our species will become extinct. Every American and every

thinking person on the planet today would be wise to heed the

advice of Mr. Eisenhower and stand up to the tyranny of

conservative thinkers who desire nothing more than to impose their

standards and values on others. Imperialist ideals should be

replaced by tolerance and peaceful co-existence if humanity is to

survive for we are coming into an age where weapons of mass

destruction will be utilized to the detriment of all that we hold

sacred and the generations to come. Gary J. Schummer, Ph.D.


with the same noted email address stating the following: ---- From:



Sent: 6/5/2009 10:44:52 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time

Subj: How'd it go?

Hi Susan,

I trust things went OK with John. I heard from a couple of

people who received Patti's email who were concerned.

I'd like to reiterate that if I can be of assistance with

anything don't hesitate to give me call.

Kind regards,

Gary Schummer

& I tried to send the noted info. I found on -line to this

party & rec'd a notation that the email address noted does not

exist therefore, I believe the entry on Wiki needs to be deleted.

SEE BELOW: " The following problems occurred while processing your

request: GJSchummer@cs.com - This is not a known member. Your mail

has not been sent. Please correct the problems listed and try

again. "

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