I LIKE IKE PART 2

Dwight D Eisenhower died on March 28, 41 years ago.

Now, when some people are describing a health crisis involving the deadly coronavirus as a war, perhaps we should ponder some of the great general and two-term president’s thoughts on war and on how people should live:

“War settles nothing.”

“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”

“We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.”

“The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both.”

“The problem in defence is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.”

“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.”

“Only Americans can hurt America.”

As a 62 year old man in Australia, I am more scared of living in a country plunged into a great depression by worldwide desperate spending now, than I am of the approximately 3% chance that coronavirus would kill me, if I catch it.

I salute the honesty of Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick and for his stand on this question.

Geoff Fox, 28th March, 2020, Down Under

Tulsi Makes A Mistake

Someone I respect, Tulsi Gabbard, has just described Coronavirus as the “enemy” ……. I am worried about this common attempt to use a military approach to a health care problem …….. I think that the Coronavirus is a germ not a miltary foe ……. it is a part of both nature and God’s creation …..
in tackling the problem we need to care not to fight ….. and to be able to care, we need to stay alive.

So important jobs like POTUS need to be done by people not at risk of death because of their age.

Of the last three Democrat candidates in the 2020 race Gabbard was the only one under 77 years old.

Sanders, 78, recent heart attack. Biden, 77, memory and cognitive abilities in clear decline. Trump, 74. Pence, 60. Both Republicans are in good health.

Who’s fit to govern?

Geoff Fox, 21st March, 2020, Down Under

I Like Ike And Donald Trump

Nobody should be fooled by President Trump’s blowhard style of political campaigning.

POTUS is firmly in the tradition of great Republican peace makers in the White House.

Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and saved the Union.

Dwight D. Eisenhower inherited a mess in Korea from Harry Truman but he acheived what has been a lasting peace.

Richard Nixon, a man of the Quaker faith which is profoundly committed to the pursuit of peace, started talking with his communist adversaries.

Ronald Reagan achieved genuine reductions in weapons of mass destruction and, using peaceful methods, the Gipper won The Cold War.

Donald Trump has chosen dialogue with the leader of the worlds’s newest nuclear power, while others try to score political points about this by practicing the demonisation which is second nature to far too many modern progressives in The West.

I believe this current POTUS has shown a better balance of restraint and strength in The Middle East than any American President since George H. W. Bush.

In the little movie above, I have endeavored artistically to create a seamless transition between the thoughts of Eisenhower in his astonishing farewell address and the thoughts of Candidate Trump in 2016, because:

I like Ike.

And Donald Trump.

Geoff Fox, 4th March, Melbourne, Down Under

Augurs Of Freedom

Americans love celebrating their tradition of freedom, especially the presidents on January 20, evry four years when the presidential inauguration takes place.

In his 1953 Inaugural Address, Dwight Eisenhower said, “We are called as a people to give testimony in the sight of the world to our faith that the future shall belong to the free.”

On January 20, 1961, JFK said “……. the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

In 1969, on the same date, Richard Nixon said, “The essence of freedom is that each of us shares in the shaping of his own destiny.”

Australia does not have the same robust and articulate commitment to liberty.

A few days ago, I asked a bloke, who is the Australian equivalent for me of England’s Samuel Johnson and who knows a fair bit about my situation, “….. do you recognise the trashing in 2016 of my rights under articles 19 and 21 of UDHR?” (freedom of speech and the right to participate in government in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Aussie Sammy answered, “I do. You and many other citizens and non-citizens will experience such outrages but when a Court is involved, they are lawful under the law for the land that applies them – even when, as I say, the greater human right is being trashed.”

This fella was talking to me about a country he loves more than I can. He showed great personal integrity in speaking so honestly.

I cant live with this sort of “legality” where The Law and those responsible for it can destroy the foundations of democracy with impunity. In my case this was done when I was trying to celebrate democracy and freedom.

I cannot pretend to be willing to be a part of such a country.

Geoff Fox, 20th January, 2020, Terra Nullius.