By Lon (Alonzo) Hosford
Can you select a bad Republican president as your favorite? The US President most admired by Republican US House Representative Leonard Lance is Dwight Eisenhower. He has two principle reasons: One a balanced budget and two getting the US out of Korea. Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, Lance thinks is faulty as a first choice for not providing a balanced budget.
Eisenhower: Key Military Leader But Destructive President
Eisenhower’s key achievement is in the military. All Americans are grateful of the World War II leadership of Dwight Eisenhower as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in planning and carrying the invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45. This underscores his contributions and earns him respect. Military leaders of WWII were provided with the power to win and we did win. Republicans should embrace our historical policy of military engagement to win decisively and run from abysmal Presidential records inflicting damage on America. This describes Eisenhower and a really bad choice for Leonard Lance as a President to laud as he runs for reelection. It marks the moderate appeaser stance that has gotten Republicans out of power and will keep us there.
Eisenhower: Fostering the Growth of Communism
Dwight Eisenhower is noted as having a do nothing Presidency. The do nothing tag is a faulty interpretation of history! He did serious damage to America. He took many actions that fostered the regrowth of Communism in our schools, government, society and the world. Americans before him discovered this trend and elected him to clean it up. Long after Eisenhower’s terms in office Ezra Taft Benson, Eisenhower’s Secretary of Agriculture, sums up the Eisenhower diversion of our effort to purge communism from government and the world:
Ezra Taft Benson Summarizes Eisenhower’s Fostering Of Communism
This video is keyed to start at time point 3:53 but is also worth watching from the beginning.
Cleaning up communism in government was a key item that he used in winning election in 1952.
“… Eisenhower had a formula for victory — K1C2. The stalemated war in Korea, corruption in the Truman administration, and Communist subversion were the issues that Republicans emphasized throughout the campaign. Eisenhower held a clear lead over Stevenson in the polls, as voters looked to Eisenhower to clean up what even Stevenson had called ‘the mess in Washington.’ — Miller Center of Public Affairs University of Virginia
The phrase “the mess in Washington” underscores how the Democrats had a hard time saying communism and here is how Stevenson, the Democrat candidate against Eisenhower, thought about the sentiments of Americans at the time.
“Stevenson’s Nature of Patriotism speech. ‘The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often sinister threats to the Bill of Rights, to the freedom of the mind, are concealed under the patriotic cloak of anti-communism.'” Wikipedia
Eisenhower won the election on the fight against communism in government and then proceeded to implement destructive actions that were duplicated in subsequent Presidents and Congresses bringing us to the precipice Vladimir Lenin predicted in 1924.
“First we take eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia, then we will encircle the United States which will be the last Bastian of capitalism. We will not have to attack. It will fall like an overripe fruit into our hands.” – Lenin
We are now in 2010 tipped to that ominous fall with no rope to climb back up.
Reagan: Fostering the Destruction of Communism
Ronald Reagan did the most of any President to fight back the corruption caused by communistic actions. He started with the “Screen Actors Guild”.
Reagan On Screen Actors Guild Time Point 1:43
He understood it. For example his warning about socialized medicine is about the slip into the abyss of Communism.
He failed more with the Democratic Congress on this issue of as well as the issue of balanced budgets than anywhere. He had control on the world scene and little in Congress. The momentum against communism put into place by Reagan’s Presidency quickly faded. Communism continued its march forward to what you see today even in our own leaders!
Balanced Budget with 91% Taxes
As well Eisenhower financed his “balance budget” on the backs of taxpayers where he presided over 8 years of the second highest top Federal marginal tax rate. The rate was 91% second only to 2 years at the end of World War II where it reached 94%. It took until Ronald Regan to fix this theft of property by Government. Still we see an increase tax trend continued not only with the ostentatious “federal tax” but to a greater extent in imperceptible taxes here and there on this and that and now much larger taxes such as we see in the current hideous health legislation. Leonard Lance must realize Reagan was against big government and big spending. However Reagan focused on the bigger threat of communism and corruption and in budgeting dealt with a spend thrift Democrat Congress; a more difficult opponent that even the USSR. This is what Leonard Lance needs to say about the Reagan era and not that Reagan did not balance the budget.
Republicans Search for a Favorite President: Its Reagan
Republicans who are running from the record of Ronald Reagan and saying the era of Reagan is over then need to select another President; hopefully Republican. So lets start the search. They have trouble with Bush II because of their own failure to rein in the spending and squeamish support on winning a war versus unheroic support they give it. Heroic support would be risking their political careers on winning. They failed and thus helped Bush II fail and usher in Obama. They cannot select Bush I because he was scooted out of office for failing to deal with the economic issues in same way Reagan did. He apparently learned nothing from being Reagan’s Vice President. You have to skip over Richard Nixon because he was forced into resignation. Soon we are heading on a fast track back to Abe Lincoln. Not a bad choice just not current. The winner then is Reagan because he was keen on doing what you will learn Eisenhower promised and did not do.
A RINO Pick for Favorite President: Eisenhower
When Eisenhower’s Presidential actions are revisited you can see the modern day RINO (Republican in Name Only) tag fits him. Many of his policies were liberal. He had some good intentions but they were carried out in liberal fashion. Thus moderates find him a safe choice: good intentions but liberal solutions.
Republicans running from conservatism are doing so because they still believe they need to be in the middle somehow. The middle is conservative. Get used to it and learn from the past so we do not repeat it as we, conservatives, take back control entrusted to us.
Series on Eisenhower and Communism
This is a series on Eisenhower and the growth of communism in American and in the World. No disrespect to a honored military leader and American, however honored military leaders do not necessarily translate into great political leaders and Eisenhower was a prime example. You will learn in this series how Eisenhower is a key root of the problems we have today in America. The series will look at the Eisenhower presidential role in the:
- Failure to clean up communism as an election promise.
- Military and economic aid and concessions to communist leaders.
- Failed “cultural exchanges” with communists.
- Abandonment of winning freedom fighters behind the Iron curtain.
- Presence of communism on our borders: Cuba.
Warning to Republicans and RINOs
This series also should be a very strong warning to RINOs and all Republicans on who you select as the best Presidents for the party and more importantly the reasons you select them. In the grassroots conservative movement, the restudy of American history is underway in full force. Old books and records are being dusted off to reveal American History deleted from our government run educations and communist infested higher learning institutions. Eisenhower is not the only example of Presidents asleep at the wheel over Communism but the one selected for the series because of his key early role setting us back and establishing precedents we still follow. We can easily do Kennedy for example and Democrats if we must we will.
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