President Eisenhower was psychic.

Found this one via It’s a snippet from a letter Eisenhower wrote to his brother on November 8, 1954:

Now it is true that I believe this country is following a dangerous trend when it permits too great a degree of centralization of governmental functions. I oppose this—in some instances the fight is a rather desperate one. But to attain any success it is quite clear that the Federal government cannot avoid or escape responsibilities which the mass of the people firmly believe should be undertaken by it. The political processes of our country are such that if a rule of reason is not applied in this effort, we will lose everything—even to a possible and drastic change in the Constitution. This is what I mean by my constant insistence upon “moderation” in government. Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.

It’s interesting to note that our current President was around 9 years old when Ike wrote that letter.

8 thoughts on “President Eisenhower was psychic.

  1. That is such a choice quote.  The irony’s so thick you could use it as a boxspring.

    I won’t argue about the stupidity, but apparently their numbers aren’t quite as negligible as Eisenhower thought.

  2. Hi Les,

    Thanks for that quote.
    I haven’t written much lately but I’m still lurking daily. Your site always brightens my day.

  3. Good one, Les.  Hope you don’t mind if I use it.  I want them to HURRY UP WITH THE DAMN CLONING TECHNOLOGY so we can get Ike back.  If we’re lucky enough to have some of his DNA in liquid nitrogen somewhere.

    The more Ike I read, the more I like him. Hmm, there could be a slogan in that…

  4. I see why Eisenhower was elected. Where the hell are guys like this as presidential nominees when you need them?! The stupid are the majority.. ..who else is going to pay billions to fix someone elses shit when our own is still all fucked up?

    Give me a candidate that says it like it is and
    means it and you’ll see my happy ass back at the polls.
    I would even go as far as to recind my years of
    anti-voting banter on the subject:
    “If voting actually worked, it would be illegal.”
    Fuck, you might see me willing to carry a damned
    sign regarding the matter.

    I really am tired of President Prosser telling me how this is for my own good and screwing me the whole while. I honestly think we would have been better as a disjointed nation without Unser furchtloser Leiter. This just sheds even more light on what happens when you progressively lower the standards of everything.

    Excellent quote.

  5. “…apparently their numbers aren’t quite as negligible as Eisenhower thought.”

    And they get to keep their military bases. A paranoid person could really be. . . just freaking out right now.

  6. I’m only 30 (almost), so Ike was before my conscious time really, but I have to say that quote is just delicious as hell.

    I’ve given up on voting myself… I don’t see the point. It’s a dog and pony show.

  7. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. 
    -Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

    Yep, the last honest and intelligent Republican President.  Even though I campaigned against him (well, hanging on to my father’s pantleg), in retrospect he looks awfully good.

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