Friday, June 8, 2007

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. President Dwight D. Eisenhower

A quote from perhaps the last really good Republican president. The general who won WWII [along with Private First Class Bernie Novick, of course] said some really smart things about the military industrial complex, and about “values”.

And ‘core values’ is what the national Republican Party is so bereft of these days. Here’s an example:

I ran in to Henry Kuhl, Hunterdon County Republican Chairman tonight at a local event on Main Street in Flemington. I asked him who he thought would win the Republican nomination for president. “Giuliani. Rudy Giuliani will be the next president of the United States. And Fred Thompson will be the Vice president.”

Interesting, I thought.

“Do you really think the Christian Conservatives in the South will vote for a pro-choice, pro-gay liberal Italian Catholic from New York? Someone who has been divorced and dressed in drag kissing Donald Trump?” I inquired. “Those southern primaries will be tough for him in your Party.”

“Well, you don’t understand something. The Republicans want to win.”
Thanks for the news flash, Henry.

“So, the Christian right-wing Republicans in the south want to win so badly, that they are willing to give up their core values and support Giuliani ---someone who shares so little with them politically?” Of course, this is assuming that someone like Giuliani, who also supports President Bush on the Iraqi War can win, period.

A resident who was standing with us then asked him about the Harcar-Karrow incident. Henry looked flummoxed at both questions, but continued. “I need to get to a meeting. And I am not going to say anything bad about anyone. I am a positive person who says positive things.”

Huh? Sounds pretty valueless to me.

I still think that any Democrat in this race can take on any Republican and win. Those are my values, and I am sticking to them.

3 comments:

RoseCovered Glasses said...

I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak. I believed another Vietnam could be avoided with defined missions and the best armaments in the world.

Politicians make no difference.

We have bought into the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). If you would like to read how this happens please see:

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2007/03/spyagency200703

Through a combination of public apathy and threats by the MIC we have let the SYSTEM get too large. It is now a SYSTEMIC problem and the SYSTEM is out of control. Government and industry are merging and that is very dangerous.

There is no conspiracy. The SYSTEM has gotten so big that those who make it up and run it day to day in industry and government simply are perpetuating their existance.

The politicians rely on them for details and recommendations because they cannot possibly grasp the nuances of the environment and the BIG SYSTEM.

So, the system has to go bust and then be re-scaled, fixed and re-designed to run efficiently and prudently, just like any other big machine that runs poorly or becomes obsolete or dangerous.

This situation will right itself through trauma. I see a government ENRON on the horizon, with an associated house cleaning.

The next president will come and go along with his appointees and politicos. The event to watch is the collapse of the MIC.

For more details see:

http://rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com/2006/11/inside-pentagon-procurement-from.html

ImprovforLawyers said...

thnanks for your insight in to that issue.

Anonymous said...

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