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Dwight Eisenhower on Welfare & Poverty

 

 


1953: Every warship launched is theft from the hungry

The budget of our Defense Department, for instance is $600 billion, 24 times more than the $26.5 billion allotted to the Department of State.

Are we being served or are we being robbed? Are we being protected or are we being turned into a militaristic nation whose citizens are being led to believe that brute force rather than adherence to our values is the fulcrum of security?

In 1953, alert to the dangers of a permanent armaments industry, President Eisenhower said, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who are hungry and not fed, those who are cold and not clothed."

In truth, our military budget is more an expression of the financial appetites of our military-industrial complex than it is a truly wise response to admittedly very real threats.

Source: Healing the Soul of America, by Marianne Williamson, p.168 , Jul 24, 2018

1/3 of mankind struggles for freedom from grinding poverty

New force and new nations stir and strive across the earth, with power to bring, by their fate, great good or great evil to the free world's future. From the deserts of North Africa to the islands of the South Pacific, one third of all mankind has entered upon an historic struggle for a new freedom: freedom from grinding poverty. Across all continents, nearly a billion people seek, sometimes almost in desperation, for the skills and knowledge and assistance by which they may satisfy from their own resources, the material wants common to all mankind.

We look upon this shaken earth, and we declare our firm and fixed purpose--the building of a peace with justice in a world where moral law prevails. [2nd Inaugural Address, January 21, 1957]

Source: Waging Peace, by Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, p.101 , Jan 1, 1965

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