Even though vacation time has arrived, my thoughts still turn to the political world. And I continue to be amazed at the selections for the year. For one party, they pick a new comer with virtually no national experience before announcing for the White House. The other party picked one who tried for his entire political life to toe any thing except the straight party line. The two major parties will nominate a rookie and a rebel. One minor party whose sloagn is pro-choice on everything, has already nominated a neo-con, a johnny-come-lately to his party, whose one claim to fame is a strong anti-abortion advocate in the house.
Politics is a strange business and attracts some unique individuals to the top of their tickets. But this is nothing new. It's been going on forever. For example: read the following comments given by a well known international figure who recently spent some time on the US political scene.
This has been the way of life forged by 8 years of fear and force.
What can the world, or any nation in it, hope for if no turning is found on this dread road?
The worst to be feared and the best to be expected can be simply stated. The worst is atomic war.
The best would be this: a life of perpetual fear and tension; a burden of arms draining the wealth and the labor of all peoples; a wasting of strength that defies the American system or the (enemies') system or any system to achieve true abundance and happiness for the peoples of this earth.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.
It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.
We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.
This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.
Now, a new leadership has assumed power in (country of our chief adversary). It links to the past, however strong, cannot bind it completely. Its future is, in great part, its own to make. This new leadership confronts a free world aroused, as rarely in its history, by the will to stay free. This free world knows, out of bitter wisdom of experience, that vigilance and sacrifice are the price of liberty.
With all who will work in good faith toward such a peace, we are ready, with renewed resolve, to strive to redeem the near-lost hopes of our day. The first great step along this way must be the conclusion of an honorable armistice in (a worn torn country). This means the immediate cessation of hostilities and the prompt initiation of political discussions leading to the holding of free elections…
We seek, throughout the world, a peace that is true and total. None of these issues, great or small, is insoluble-given only the will to respect the rights of all nations. Again we say: the United States is ready to assume its just part.
We welcome every honest act of peace. We care nothing for mere rhetoric. We are only for sincerity of peaceful purpose attested by deeds. The opportunities for such deeds are many. The performance of a great number of them waits upon no complex protocol but upon the simple will to do them.
All efforts to retain the true meaning of the above quote has been given. The speech was titled "The Chance for Peace" given on national media only three months after this man became president of the US.
The man was sought by both political parties to be their standard bearer because of his hugely popular military career, even though he had no desire to enter the political world. His first position outside of the military was to lead a prestigious University. His advice on military issues was sought by presidents 2 decades after he served in the military.
He graduated from West Point only after seeking an appointment because of his desire to secure a free college education and a recommendation of a high school friend who was at Annapolis. His grades weren't impressive, focused more on athletics. But he graduated with a class that has produced more generals in the US Army than any other class, two individuals rising to the highest level of being a 5 star general, General of the Army.
Dwight David Eisenhower served his country well and proved by this speech that he couldn't be lumped into any political box. He was a true American , placing his country above the next election and his own personal future.
Maybe today's candidates should take a trip to Abilene, Kansas and spend some time with this President, this leader, this statesman.