Dwight D. Eisenhower, (1890-1969) 34th President of the United States of America
This is what a Republican should look like. His primary concerns should always be social justice and equal rights for all, welfare for the poor, education, creating peaceful negotiations to prevent war on a global scale, technological advancement, continuing public works to boost the economy and provide jobs while remaining fiscally conservative. One of the first things Eisenhower did in office was to establish the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He signed the armistice which put an end the Korean War, aggressively fought segregation in schools and the military, established the interstate highway system, and initiated NASA and “Atoms for Peace” among many other things. He wasn’t perfect. His critics have a lot to say about his “hidden hand” approach to dealing with problems. I find most interesting that he was very much a military man, but throughout his presidency he took a pacifist approach to everything. Sometimes to a fault. He definitely waited too long to put an end to McCarthy’s mess, he could have done more for the civil rights movement, but he eased tensions with Russia, stayed out of war in Indochina, and worked incessantly to promote global accountability with nuclear energy. I like Ike.
I don’t see the same priorities in Republicans anymore. Not even close. I see so-called Christians working to apply their moral code to the entire nation rather than caring for the poor and keeping peace with all. This is what I am called to do as a Christian, and that is what I look for in a candidate. I don’t see it and I won’t vote Republican until I do. I fear more the man who says he is a Christian, but bears no fruit, than an atheist with good intentions.
“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
“A sound nation is built of individuals sound in body and mind and spirit. Government dares not ignore the individual citizen.”
“Change based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos.”
“The hope of the world is that wisdom can arrest conflict between brothers. I believe that war is the deadly harvest of arrogant and unreasoning minds.”
“Possibly my hatred of war blinds me so that I cannot comprehend the arguments they adduce. But, in my opinion, there is no such thing as a preventive war. Although this suggestion is repeatedly made, none has yet explained how war prevents war. Worse than this, no one has been able to explain away the fact that war creates the conditions that beget war.”