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Eisenhower’s Warning

January 17, 2013 by  

Fifty-two years ago today, President Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell speech and warned about “the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.” He said, “The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes,” he said. “We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Eisenhower was prescient on this subject. But in the speech he warned of much more.

He warned that the technological revolution, which was just beginning, would become formalized and complex, would come under the direction of the Federal government and would be dominated by the “scientifictechological elite.”

“The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded,” he said. “Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite.”

It’s obvious Eisenhower’s warnings were not heeded. Our foreign policy is now captive to the military-industrial complex. No longer, as it was “throughout America’s adventure in free government” up to Eisenhower’s time, are “our basic purposes … to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations.” Our leaders have failed in that regard, and that failure has led to perpetual war.

Meanwhile, the “scientifictechnological elite” he warned about has taken over domestic energy policy. President Barack Obama is sinking untold billions of dollars into driving us into inefficient and unworkable “green industries” under the false notion of anthropomorphic global warming.

Read the full text of Eisenhower’s speech here.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Vigilant

    Excellent words, Mr. Livingston.

    I would argue that the term “scientifictechnological elite” should be replaced with “pseudoscientifictechnological elite” when it comes to many green initiatives. Global warming and anti-fracking hysteria, for example.

    Proven science no longer rules the roost. Power and profit margin do.

  • Paul

    President Eisenhower also warned about the Industrial complex taking over our country. Hows that working out for us?

    • Toy

      I under stand that Eisenhower’s original draft stated, “the military, industrial, Congressional, complex”, but was persuaded to tone it down.

  • TIME

    Dear People,

    To better understand whats going on and why, also as to what Eisenhower was speaking to, you all need to explore the: IRON MOUNTAIN Agreement, its all there, its the blue print of NOW.

    If any of you plan on understanding, the ~ Why ~ Where ~ WHO ~ WHEN, then just google the noted ” IRON MOUNTAIN agreement ” Again its all there, rather than me telling you whats in it ~ YOU do it, even a person with an 70 IQ can.
    I think there may even be a youtube video on it, so rather than reading a few thousand pages, all you will need to do is sit and watch.

    It covers from: Global Warming, to WW III ~ even Gun Confiscation, the dismissal of all Religious beleiefs, the whole ball of wax.

    Peace and Love, Shalom

  • tncdel

    Ike and JFK both warned us about the globalists. See:

    I’m an Independent who believes ALL political parties should be banned by law, thereby forcing all politicians to run solely on their own records and the issues. Not ride a wave of voter booth block-checking into office.

    If that was done, then Ron Paul would have had a much better chance of becoming president, not having to face the partisan political machinery.

    What many people including Libertarians are sleeping on is the infiltration of the New World Order globalists into all political parties. EVERY president since JFK has been more or less under the thumb of the NWO, or an outright puppet of it.

    Many think JFK was killed by the NWO because he planned to abolish the Fed.

    One litmus test I use to out a globalist is to evaluate how well that person opposes NWO agendas. If they advocate NWO agendas, then you know their first loyalty is to the NWO, not the U.S.

    The NWO wants to destroy U.S. sovereignty and to dissolve its borders. Two pet agendas of the NWO are NAFTA and trying to attract as many job-stealing illegal aliens to the U.S. with work permits, amnesty, “free” healthcare and everything else, even college at taxpayer expense [the "Dream Act"].

    If the Dream Act is passed, in Mexico no doubt there’d be scenarios like this:

    “Jose, did you hear what those crazy gringos did?”

    “No, Juan. Whassup?”

    “They just passed a law that lets our kids go to college. All we gotta do is sneak across the border taking our kids along.”

    “Madre de Dios! What makes gringos so loco? … [hollers out] Rosita! Pack our things pronto. We’re taking our muchachos to L.A. so they can go to college to be lawyers!”

    Ronald Reagan made perhaps the biggest presidential mistake since going off the gold standard, by giving the illegals amnesty and thereby inducing millions more of them to come here since then.

    Anyone with an IQ above that of a turnip should be able to realize that if we repeat Reagan’s mistake by again giving the illegals “a pathway to citizenship” by amnesty, rather than require them to comply with our immigration laws for that pathway, that will only encourage more to come here illegally.

    • tncdel

      Gary Johnson is as phony as a 3 dollar bill. Claims to be a “strict constitutionalist.” But almost completely disregards one of the Constitution’s core tenets; namely: domestic national defense against the illegal alien invasion.

      Johnson is so bad that non-partisan NumbersUSA rated him almost as bad as Obama [who they rated an F minus]. Johnson rated an F!

      Further, Johnson is a LEFTWING “politically correct” activist who spits on the Constitution. He hoodwinked Libertarians much like the commie-socialists were able to hijack the Democrat party from the true Liberals.

      The New World Order is infiltrating the Libertarian party using Johnson, and you sleep.

      For example, a homosexual man has THE EXACT SAME RIGHT under the Constitution as does a heterosexual man to marry a woman. But the fact that he does not wish to do so, though his prerogative, does NOT create for him another right; namely: to change the heterosexual definition of marriage handed down to us by our ancestors.

      But the leftwing “politically correct” globalist activists like Gary Johnson want to invent new rights. In fact, Johnson even opposes letting each state decide that. He wants a federal law imposed that enshrines the unconstitutional tampering. See:

      • Kate8

        tncdel – You are so right about this. Thank you for your input.

        The Libertarian party has been hijacked by the NWO elite, same as the others. Anyone who thinks the elite would not do this no-brainer is naive about how things work.

        Peter Thiel (homosexual, NWO elite puppet) funds and largely controls the Libertarian party. Gary Johnson (reportedly not his real name) is said to, actually, be a Rockefeller.

        Ron Paul had the true Libertarian Constitutional stance on marriage: that government should stay out of it completely, as with many of the encroachments on our private lives. Marriage is first and foremost a convenant between a man and a woman before God, the union of OPPOSITES by definition, and has nothing to do with government. It is about government being able to lay claim to any issue of marriage: namely, children.

        If gays want to start up their own church and perform their own ceremonies, that is up to them. But to FORCE any church to go against their beliefs is blatantly unConstitutional.

        That being said, we are now learning that Constitutional Rights don’t even exist, that they are a fiction, as is the entirety of our legal system. It is now up to us to remedy problem, and there are people helping us to do this.

        Have you listened to David Wynn Miller yet? He is a judge who figured all this out; why our government laughs at our attempts to insist on Rights; why Obama’s legitimacy is not addressed; why we are treated like chattel. Best of all, how we can learn to defeat them at their own game.

        Check it out.

      • Bill

        That’s called Federalism, tncdell.
        All rights not given to the federal government under the constitutional shall be governed by the states.

        That’s not liberalism and I agree with that

    • Wellarmed

      I too have always been an independent, but am switching to L as soon as the paperwork reaches me. I do not believe in a Libertarian party, but I do believe in Libertarian principles. I voted for Governor Johnson for the reason that a vote for Former Governor Romney was accepting the fact that it is OK to merely rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.

      Those who refuse to remember history are doomed to repeat it. How could I bring myself to cast a vote for a man that imposed mandatory insurance requirements on it’s citizenry? How could I look the other way in the face of Massachusetts assault weapon law? Screw the NRA for endorsing this man who does not even own a firearm of any kind. Yes I am a life member for the record, but it matters not. I do not believe in Ron Paul, but I do believe in the principles of limited government that he espouses. He was worthy of my vote. Mitt was not!

      The way the RNC treated Ron Paul spoke volumes about the republican party. They did not merely S&$t on him, they S&@t on everyone that believes in limited government. Changing the rules on the floor to exclude him from debate sealed the last nail in the coffin for the Republican Party.

      As far as illegal immigration is concerned, again we resort to our nations selective memory. If it were not for the Mexicans that picked the fields during WWII our nation may well be speaking German on the east coast and Japanese on the West. Rosy the riveter was busy in the factories and every swinging dick was on the front lines or at home ” supervising” the women workforce due to some physical defect or security sensitive position. I agree with the author Edward Abbey that we should have addressed the illegal immigrant issue by meeting them at the border, giving them a M16, a thousand rounds, and telling them to go take their country back! Right now, looks to me, had we done that they might be returning the favor.

      Our Nations policies toward our neighbors sealed the fates of the Mexican people as well as ours. Bill Clinton signing NAFTA truly was the death Nell of our economy and the transformation of theirs. Neither has ever recovered. This is as it must be is the constant excuse I hear for the systematic destruction of our nations manufacturing base. It is just the natural progression of things, and you should just learn to get used to the “service” only economy. We the people have been sold a bad bill of goods and the product is beginning to stink. These ass$&oles in DC have thrown us the hell under the buss, and they do not think that we can jump off this sinking ship.

      I agree with many of you that Amnesty for those who entered our country illegally should and must not be allowed. I do not though blame their children for their parents poor decision making capabilities, and do not feel that they should suffer for their mistakes. Immediate Deportation should occur for their parents, and the parent(s) must accept responsibilities for their actions by not being able to apply for citizenship until everyone currently in the system has been processed. A work VISA program should be implemented but would not allow any position to be open for a non citizen until it has been posted for Legal Citizens to apply first. Duration of VISA would be limited to six months for any applicant. All VISA applicants would be required to serve jury duty, pay taxes and be allowed to apply for whatever CCW for the jurisdiction they resided in. That last requirement would put the Mexican Government on Notice that their people are getting their taste of freedom in the land of the free and the home of the brave, and I doubt that the Mexican Government would be so reticent to help their ( citizens ) across the border at that point. What do you think?

  • mark

    Ike should have also warned us about the danger of the Military-Sexual Complex: Central Command in Tampa, General Petraeus, Paula Broadwell, General Allen, Jill Kelley, etc.

    • rvncibeib1sgret

      And your point Mark? What does this have anything to do with the subject at hand?
      Sexual scandals and affairs in higher level places is no different than oh!…did you leave out slick willy Clinton?.Oh…that’s right big difference there! Petreaus resigned and that
      Putz Clinton didn’t. Don’t try to make political moral equivalence comparisons with CIA and directors of intelligence to Presidents. Just a non sequitor compared to the damage
      that AIPAC and Lobbyists of the Military industrial NWO complex inflicts on this country’s
      well being and morale.

  • Gilberto

    It is astounding the manner in which this Professional Courageous Soldier, President and real Commanding General, Dwight D. Eisenhower, managed not only to lead the nation in time of war but also in time of peace; the way in which he predicted and warned us of future pitfalls and detrimental events. Even more fascinating is his further instructing us on the way to avoid them. Yet, look at us now, quickly sinking in the same quicksand trap of which he warned us. Truly impressive, how a courageous soldier speaks of peace, charity, equality, world disarmament and peaceful conflict resolution. Speak softly and carry some big guns. He believed that prosperity for all, finding essential agreement on issues of importance, mutual interdependence, and cooperation was essential to success. All these are required factors needed not only for productivity and for conflict resolution. They are also important to earn the respect of others and gain productive influence on others because of the quality and wisdom of leadership. Have our politicians failed us here. Wealth, military power, technology, material progress should be used to keep the peace, not to start unending wars. To use these tools in the interest of world peace and human betterment, to foster progress in human achievement, to enhance liberty, dignity, among people and among nations. He told us and warned us that any failure traceable to arrogance or lack of comprehension, or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt. Just look at how we failed him here, our lust for material things, our arrogance, and our laziness to allow the government to do all for us, almost forty-eight million on food stamps. We have failed to take responsibility for our lives, our needs, our debt, and our self-discipline. When he said that “We face a hostile ideology — global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method” I do not think that he suspected our government, banks, and corporations as the culprits yet look at us now. Nevertheless, do not just blame them, let us take a good look at ourselves individually, and take a good look at all of us. We elect the politicians not for their good honest character, not because they are scrupulous and non-corruptible but for “what is in it for us” as individuals or as local groups of individuals. Heck, we do not even demand good honest people, we allow the media to entertain us with their corrupt deeds and then follow their lead. Why do we allow corporations, bankers, businesses and other influential lobbyists to purchase corrupt politicians? Politicians that should at all times work for the best interest of this country and the best interest of all the people in this country. They should be working to keep this country in balance, strong and ready. President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs– balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage — balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.” Is it not such a shame, so many people have died and so many people have suffered the hardships that come with war just to keep this country free and strong and all for what, look at us now. We have grown undisciplined, uncaring, selfish, materialistic, spoiled, and self-serving like a spoiled child. We consume more than what we make, and if we have more than what we consume we just consume more than what we need to consume. Something like an overeating addiction, instead of passing some of it around to other needy persons. We collect food stamps while the apples in Washington State rut because Americans do not want to work hard, and yet we fight to keep hard working immigrants from coming to this country to pick those apples. Where is the common sense here? Corporations have given up control of their business units allowing employees and local managers to do as they please as long as they send their dues up the ladder. Large businesses, corporations, and banks are lining up to receive gigantic welfare compensation for greedy and corrupt deeds. Where are all the independent garage inventors, with all the unemployment and other welfare assistance there should be some signs that people do want to get out from under. Why are there so many government employees? The government no longer serves the people, now people serve the government. Why are there so many businesses so dependent on government to keep them alive, whether through grants, loans, or outright welfare? What has happened to individual independent ingenuity? It used to be common to hear businesspersons whether owners of small or large businesses claim to be self made, meaning no help from government or huge bank loans, no help from rich dad. That is no longer the case, government; corporations, banks, and Wall Street have stifled that. They do not want us to be independent, independent people are harder to control and more competitive. The United States needs to be the most powerful country in the world, but it has to be in balance with the rest of the nation’s needs. I believe we have a military that is larger than all of the next twenty-five largest militaries in other countries of the world put together. We are importing weapons from other countries. We even import soldiers from other countries. We should be promoting peace not war. We should be the David within Goliath not a war mongering Goliath. We should be minding our own business whenever possible. He hit the nail on the head when he said, “there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties.” Well look at us now, our government is spending like drunken sailors, and we are running around trying to catch some of those loose dollars. He warned us “Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” He was not only talking to the government, he was not only talking to the politicians, and he was not only talking to bankers or CEO’s he was talking to you and me. If we cannot do anything on a wide scale, at least we should strive to be independent, and well informed. He would probably be disappointed to see that we did not listen to this, “The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation’s great goals.” If we want this great nation to remain great, we should heed his warnings and follow his advice. I believe that we should stop the bickering between ourselves, unify, work together, and take control. I know that there is a middle ground somewhere, we just have to find it, but we have to find it together as a unit we cannot be pulling in every which way. Something that is somewhat fair and just for every American, including the disabled and the weak that need us to stand by them to be their legs, eyes, ears, and voice. Somewhat fair because no one gets all they want, that is something that is learned from childhood. We should act tactfully, kindly, and charitably to those who really need our kindness for they are the ones for which we should splurge. We however, must discourage those who can fend for themselves to get off the dole and do their share. It would be better for everyone and more economical for the government to subsidize an unemployed worker to pick apples and pay him a salary than to have him or her idle. Who knows, if an unemployed engineer is picking apples a great discovery might just fall from the apple tree. It has happened! The greatest criminals however are the people at the top, it is hard to discipline a one dollar a day food stamp malingerer when bankers and CEO’s are getting gigantic rewards for their corrupt and devastating misdeeds. Maybe we should adopt President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s speech as law for the President, his administration, the republicans, the democrats, and all other parties, the senate, congress CEO’s, bankers, Wall Street, smaller government officials and businesses to abide by with mandatory jail time for abuses. This country’s stability, wellbeing, strength, symmetry, and balance should come first and all Americans should factor this when looking for a solution or seeking logic. This is home for all of us and it must be made strong to weather hard times, and hopefully never but in the terrible event, a true full force invasion. Hard times are not corrupt, negligent, greedy behavior from politicians, CEO’s, bankers, and others in leadership and positions of trust, these are crimes and they should carry mandatory jail time. With this being so, there would be more politicians, CEO.s, bankers, priests, and government workers in jail than all other criminals combined. This world is a lot smaller now and the opponent might be a lot stronger than in the forties. So why take such a terrible chance, let us just work together, it is worth it.

    • Bill

      I was out of breath just looking at the size of your post. If you want people to read your posts, you need th break them up and not have one extremely long paragraph

  • DeborAnn

    What is the best way to destroy a big complex? a big country? a big political idea? a big concept(such as “FREEDOM”)?
    from the inside, from the top!
    President is the place to start!!!
    People wake up, look up, stand up and acknowledge that we WE “WE” the people of the United States of America are in trouble.


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