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(I Like Ike)   Eisenhower "was so avowedly apolitical that a Gallup Poll in 1949 found that only 36 percent of Americans regarded him as [a Republican]; 22 percent considered him a Democrat while 42 percent weren't sure what party he belonged to"   (ritholtz.com) divider line
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2020-09-22 2:02:04 PM  
Every Republican president is immediately a RINO when his term ends, even Reagan. You couldn't run on his platform now unless you're a Democrat.
 
2020-09-22 2:22:31 PM  
As Eisenhower wrote in his diary on November 6, 1950, Truman was "a fine man who, in the middle of a stormy lake, knows nothing of swimming. Yet a lot of drowning people are forced to look to him as a lifeguard."

Except for the "fine man" part, the same could be said of Trump
 
2020-09-22 4:59:18 PM  
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2020-09-22 6:07:51 PM  
And he was the best darned clerk in the whole US Army.
 
2020-09-22 6:10:10 PM  

Unobtanium: As Eisenhower wrote in his diary on November 6, 1950, Truman was "a fine man who, in the middle of a stormy lake, knows nothing of swimming. Yet a lot of drowning people are forced to look to him as a lifeguard."

Except for the "fine man" part, the same could be said of Trump


A lot of people thought Truman was out of his depth.  Yet he had the balls to stand up to both the Dixiecrats and MacArthur.
 
2020-09-22 6:11:26 PM  
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^The beginning & end of what Farkers know about President Ike Eisenhower
 
2020-09-22 6:13:45 PM  
Be nice to have a candidate that comes along and states that they are both Republican and Democrat.
I'm gonna do ALL of it for you!
I'll steal from the rich, and give to the poor, but the money will be worthless. Abortion will be legal as long as you're brown. Everyone gets healthcare as long as you're healthy. We'll build the military up to a force you've never seen and occupy as many countries as we can armed with vegan literature.

or something like that
 
2020-09-22 6:13:46 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Unobtanium: As Eisenhower wrote in his diary on November 6, 1950, Truman was "a fine man who, in the middle of a stormy lake, knows nothing of swimming. Yet a lot of drowning people are forced to look to him as a lifeguard."

Except for the "fine man" part, the same could be said of Trump

A lot of people thought Truman was out of his depth.  Yet he had the balls to stand up to both the Dixiecrats and MacArthur.


And to nuke the Japanese. Which, to be fair, was a no brainer.
 
2020-09-22 6:14:08 PM  
According to my grandfather, Ike was only a Republican because the Republicans picked him.
 
2020-09-22 6:15:27 PM  
Right-wingers thought that the welfare state desperately needed to be rolled back, with Social Security and the rest of the New Deal repealed. But this was extraordinarily naïve.

And yet, they learned nothing.
 
2020-09-22 6:19:59 PM  

Unobtanium: As Eisenhower wrote in his diary on November 6, 1950, Truman was "a fine man who, in the middle of a stormy lake, knows nothing of swimming. Yet a lot of drowning people are forced to look to him as a lifeguard."

Except for the "fine man" part, the same could be said of Trump


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2020-09-22 6:20:48 PM  
Irony: The GOP's platform in 1952, the 2nd paragraph:

We hold that government, and those entrusted with government, should set a high example of honesty, of justice, and unselfish devotion to the public good; that they should labor to maintain tranquillity at home and peace and friendship with all the nations of the earth.

Once again, indications that Cadet Bone Spurs is actually a Nazi.
 
2020-09-22 6:22:18 PM  

Tranquil Hegemony: According to my grandfather, Ike was only a Republican because the Republicans picked him.


In Eisenhower's autobiography At Ease (which is excellent,) he talks about how he didn't want to be POTUS, but both parties were after him. Kept contacting him again and again. After a time, he decided he'd go ahead and run, and so he just basically went with the next party who contacted him. I may be misremembering some detail, but that's the gist of it. I don't remember ideology or anything entering the equation, because he thought of it as just being a good American. In my opinion, it was probably the very fact that he didn't want to be president which made him a very good one.
 
2020-09-22 6:23:18 PM  
"Eisenhower 'was so avowedly apolitical that a Gallup Poll in 1949 found that only 36 percent of Americans regarded him as one...'"

Weird. I've always known Eisenhower to be an American.
 
2020-09-22 6:25:13 PM  
One of the best gags in Club Paradise came when a bored guy on the beach recited the factoid from a book he was reading that Eisenhower hadn't decided if he was a Democrat or Republican before the 56 election.
 
2020-09-22 6:26:34 PM  

Palined Parenthood: "Eisenhower 'was so avowedly apolitical that a Gallup Poll in 1949 found that only 36 percent of Americans regarded him as one...'"

Weird. I've always known Eisenhower to be an American.


He hated the Military-Industrial Complex that he helped assemble. That kind of pliant conscience screams "American."
 
2020-09-22 6:29:22 PM  
other than not standing up for the returning black soldiers that fought for him, i like ike
 
2020-09-22 6:33:02 PM  
We sure could use some of that good old-fashioned Eisenhower socialism again.
 
2020-09-22 6:34:32 PM  
Eisenhower was mostly apolitical and only jumped in on the Republican ticket for two reasons:
1. Truman's final term had been something of a disaster between Korea and a number of corruption scandals, so it was highly likely that a Republican was going to win
2. The presumptive Republican nominee was Robert Taft, a paleoconservative who wanted to dismantle the New Deal and go back to pre-WW2 isolationism

Ike got drafted in as part of the Stop Taft movement, which he was happy to oblige in order to save NATO. The paleoconservatives in the GOP knew their golden opportunity was being usurped by the more moderate wing of the party and there were fistfights at the convention as a result.

They would spend the next thirty years continuing to seethe until the "Reagan Revolution" put their direct ideological descendants, the neoconservatives, in charge to enact Hooverite economic policies to their hearts' content. Not coincidentally, the country has been in a fast downward spiral ever since.
 
2020-09-22 6:39:58 PM  

phrawgh: We sure could use some of that good old-fashioned Eisenhower socialism again.


And infrastructure.
 
2020-09-22 6:45:46 PM  
And the John Birch Society... the clear spiritual ancestor of Trumpism... absolutely hated Ike.  The feeling was mutual.
 
2020-09-22 6:45:53 PM  
He really was the last honest Republican president.

/too bad his term saw the rise of the Military Industrial Congressional Complex
 
2020-09-22 6:48:31 PM  

aleister_greynight: phrawgh: We sure could use some of that good old-fashioned Eisenhower socialism again.

And infrastructure.


And Supreme Court justices.
 
2020-09-22 6:49:08 PM  
The actual thing is that Eisenhower was the last of the moderate, even progressive, Republicans. Both parties were going through seismic shifts at that time. FDR abandoned the long-standing Democrat position of 'state supremacy' in order to enact the New Deal policies, aligning him more with Republican ideology at the time. FDR received more pushback and flak from Southern Democrats than the Republicans over this shift.

After Eisenhower, Kennedy wins and you have the Young Turks trying to push out the older, progressive Republican party members that were in the Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln mold, aided by the Taft Republicans who were avowed corporate lackeys that wanted to eliminate long-standing progressive Republican positions on worker's rights and business regulations, in favor of businesses.

Kennedy is assassinated and the Democrats realize they've lost their Golden Poster Boy, so they move to embrace a Civil Rights platform to maintain popularity. That's the final straw for most of the old guard Southern Democrats, who leave the party. The Republicans take them in, hoping to cash in on the established Southern political machinery. At the same time, the Democrats welcome the progressive former Republicans that were recently purged.
 
2020-09-22 6:50:06 PM  

edmo: Every Republican president is immediately a RINO when his term ends, even Reagan. You couldn't run on his platform now unless you're a Democrat.


yep

ole ronnie would be considered a moderate democrat by today's Reich Wing GOP views.


run amuck capitalism is a hellava' drug.
 
2020-09-22 6:51:57 PM  

Palined Parenthood: "Eisenhower 'was so avowedly apolitical that a Gallup Poll in 1949 found that only 36 percent of Americans regarded him as one...'"

Weird. I've always known Eisenhower to be an American.


Mercans are their replacements.
 
2020-09-22 6:52:40 PM  

Scythed: Eisenhower was mostly apolitical and only jumped in on the Republican ticket for two reasons:
1. Truman's final term had been something of a disaster between Korea and a number of corruption scandals, so it was highly likely that a Republican was going to win
2. The presumptive Republican nominee was Robert Taft, a paleoconservative who wanted to dismantle the New Deal and go back to pre-WW2 isolationism

Ike got drafted in as part of the Stop Taft movement, which he was happy to oblige in order to save NATO. The paleoconservatives in the GOP knew their golden opportunity was being usurped by the more moderate wing of the party and there were fistfights at the convention as a result.

They would spend the next thirty years continuing to seethe until the "Reagan Revolution" put their direct ideological descendants, the neoconservatives, in charge to enact Hooverite economic policies to their hearts' content. Not coincidentally, the country has been in a fast downward spiral ever since.


Regret I can smart this just once.
 
2020-09-22 6:53:00 PM  

yakmans_dad: Palined Parenthood: "Eisenhower 'was so avowedly apolitical that a Gallup Poll in 1949 found that only 36 percent of Americans regarded him as one...'"

Weird. I've always known Eisenhower to be an American.

He hated the Military-Industrial Complex that he helped assemble. That kind of pliant conscience screams "American."


yep

he predicted the Out of Control Pentagon that we have today.
 
2020-09-22 6:55:53 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: The actual thing is that Eisenhower was the last of the moderate, even progressive, Republicans. Both parties were going through seismic shifts at that time. FDR abandoned the long-standing Democrat position of 'state supremacy' in order to enact the New Deal policies, aligning him more with Republican ideology at the time. FDR received more pushback and flak from Southern Democrats than the Republicans over this shift.

After Eisenhower, Kennedy wins and you have the Young Turks trying to push out the older, progressive Republican party members that were in the Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln mold, aided by the Taft Republicans who were avowed corporate lackeys that wanted to eliminate long-standing progressive Republican positions on worker's rights and business regulations, in favor of businesses.

Kennedy is assassinated and the Democrats realize they've lost their Golden Poster Boy, so they move to embrace a Civil Rights platform to maintain popularity. That's the final straw for most of the old guard Southern Democrats, who leave the party. The Republicans take them in, hoping to cash in on the established Southern political machinery. At the same time, the Democrats welcome the progressive former Republicans that were recently purged.


Nixon was the last New Deal president.  clean water act, FDA, etc

Democrat party used to be the Party of Labor.   not much that any more even though Biden seems to be making efforts to move that direction.  the Dems have had their hands in the corporate cookie jar for some time now.  the Republicans just took the damn jar home with them.
 
2020-09-22 6:55:54 PM  

Palined Parenthood: "Eisenhower 'was so avowedly apolitical that a Gallup Poll in 1949 found that only 36 percent of Americans regarded him as one...'"

Weird. I've always known Eisenhower to be an American.


Okay, so it wasn't just me that was confused by that headline. Good to know I haven't gone completely insane yet.
 
2020-09-22 6:57:09 PM  
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2020-09-22 6:57:26 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: The actual thing is that Eisenhower was the last of the moderate, even progressive, Republicans. Both parties were going through seismic shifts at that time. FDR abandoned the long-standing Democrat position of 'state supremacy' in order to enact the New Deal policies, aligning him more with Republican ideology at the time. FDR received more pushback and flak from Southern Democrats than the Republicans over this shift.

After Eisenhower, Kennedy wins and you have the Young Turks trying to push out the older, progressive Republican party members that were in the Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln mold, aided by the Taft Republicans who were avowed corporate lackeys that wanted to eliminate long-standing progressive Republican positions on worker's rights and business regulations, in favor of businesses.

Kennedy is assassinated and the Democrats realize they've lost their Golden Poster Boy, so they move to embrace a Civil Rights platform to maintain popularity. That's the final straw for most of the old guard Southern Democrats, who leave the party. The Republicans take them in, hoping to cash in on the established Southern political machinery. At the same time, the Democrats welcome the progressive former Republicans that were recently purged.



here's the radical liberal President Lincoln quote:  Labor creates wealth. Labor came before wealth and deserves the higher regard.
 
2020-09-22 6:57:32 PM  

TheSubjunctive: And the John Birch Society... the clear spiritual ancestor of Trumpism... absolutely hated Ike.  The feeling was mutual.


John Birch Society? Weren't those guys pretty much the KKK without the cool costumes?
 
2020-09-22 7:00:41 PM  

KodosZardoz: Palined Parenthood: "Eisenhower 'was so avowedly apolitical that a Gallup Poll in 1949 found that only 36 percent of Americans regarded him as one...'"

Weird. I've always known Eisenhower to be an American.

Okay, so it wasn't just me that was confused by that headline. Good to know I haven't gone completely insane yet.


The dangerous roulette game that is copypasta headlines.
 
2020-09-22 7:03:26 PM  

Unobtanium: As Eisenhower wrote in his diary on November 6, 1950, Truman was "a fine man who, in the middle of a stormy lake, knows nothing of swimming. Yet a lot of drowning people are forced to look to him as a lifeguard."

Except for the "fine man" part, the same could be said of Trump


Except the drowning people don't want to be saved as much as they want to make sure that the "wrong people" aren't also saved.
 
2020-09-22 7:15:09 PM  
He may have been personally apolitical, but he chose to run for political office as a Republican and consequently empowered one particular Republican in his VP with some long-term consequences for the country.
 
2020-09-22 7:16:08 PM  
One what?
 
2020-09-22 7:17:42 PM  
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Even Ike would laugh at this scene....
 
2020-09-22 7:23:34 PM  
And then the capitalists began. Now that is all that matters.
 
2020-09-22 7:28:08 PM  

qorkfiend: He may have been personally apolitical, but he chose to run for political office as a Republican and consequently empowered one particular Republican in his VP with some long-term consequences for the country.


In Ike's defense he didn't let Nixon do much of anything as VP.
 
2020-09-22 7:32:02 PM  
Eisenhower was the last good Republican President, and arguably the best since Lincoln...

Prove ne wrong!
 
2020-09-22 7:33:39 PM  
"In 1952, Eisenhower entered the presidential race as a Republican to block the isolationist foreign policies of Senator Robert A. Taft; Taft opposed NATO and wanted no foreign entanglements. Eisenhower won that election and the 1956 election in landslides"
 
2020-09-22 7:43:19 PM  

Ty Webb: Right-wingers thought that the welfare state desperately needed to be rolled back, with Social Security and the rest of the New Deal repealed. But this was extraordinarily naïve.

And yet, they learned nothing.


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2020-09-22 8:03:02 PM  

olderbudnoweiser: aleister_greynight: phrawgh: We sure could use some of that good old-fashioned Eisenhower socialism again.

And infrastructure.

And Supreme Court justices.


And infectious disease control.

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2020-09-22 8:04:05 PM  

edmo: Every Republican president is immediately a RINO when his term ends, even Reagan. You couldn't run on his platform now unless you're a Democrat.


If Reagan had a D after his name, he'd be a "socialist".
 
2020-09-22 8:08:01 PM  

qorkfiend: He may have been personally apolitical, but he chose to run for political office as a Republican and consequently empowered one particular Republican in his VP with some long-term consequences for the country.


Ike didn't empower Nixon. If anything, his time as VP checked his political career. His loss to JFK was embarrassing and led his most famous quote before his presidency, "you won't have Nixon to kick around anymore." He held no office until his election in '68.
 
2020-09-22 8:08:41 PM  

qorkfiend: He may have been personally apolitical, but he chose to run for political office as a Republican and consequently empowered one particular Republican in his VP with some long-term consequences for the country.


And there was Operation Ajax. Some mistakes were built to last.
 
2020-09-22 8:17:23 PM  
Ike was a ... RINO-DINO?

Or is it DINO-RINO?
 
2020-09-22 8:20:03 PM  
That's a nice thing to say about a politician from the 1950s. But a lot has happened since then. The parties are more clearly defined. Anyone saying they can't tell the difference these days is either a moron or a right-wing troll. But I repeat myself.
 
2020-09-22 8:22:47 PM  

edmo: Every Republican president is immediately a RINO when his term ends, even Reagan. You couldn't run on his platform now unless you're a Democrat.


I think if he was more public with "We're gonna sell weapons to brown people who will use them against other brown people and use that money to give other brown people weapons to kill other brown people. All while ignoring the democrats and their interpretation of the constitution and that Congress controls the budget." strategy he would do pretty well.
 
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