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Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Vision For America’s Future The U.S. should act to defend Democracy abroad, so that each nation’s political system would be “an honest expression of purpose” of its people
1950. 12/9/66. At home, he advises Americans to cultivate “self-dependence, self-reliance, moral and physical courage and patriotism”, and spurn materialismHe demands honesty, hated hypocrisy, and would not tolerate lip service: “I do not mean to preach about them; rather to practice them”The American generation in leadership roles in the 1950s and 1960s had lived through the turmoil and vast destruction of World War I, but been told the sacrifices were worth it, as the war would make the world safe for American-style democracy. Just a decade after that war ended, the nation was plunged into the Great Depression, when a quarter of the people were unemployed and another quarter under-employed. Even as the U.S. struggled to get through the Depression, news was flooding in from Europe documenting the rise of the dictators. Americans saw the European democracies adopt policies of appeasement towards Hitler and Mussolini, assuming they could buy peace by giving the dictators everything they wanted. And yet with every victory of the dictators, a general conflagration seemed to get closer, not farther away. Americans asserted their unwillingness to get involved in these European quarrels, hoping to avoid war through isolationism. Then on September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland and World War II came to Europe. The lesson learned by this generation was that appeasement leads to disaster, and will result in the loss of one nation after another. On December 7, 1941, the U.S. was dragged into the war when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The lesson learned was that isolati … [Click Below for Full Description]
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