I Like Ike!

photo 2We were spoiled in San Diego. If we wanted to spend time just hanging out at interesting places, the choices were pretty much unlimited — Balboa Park, the beach, another beach, Coronado beach, Mt Woodson — you name it. The options in Junction City, Kansas, aren’t quite as abundant, but there is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home just down the road a fur piece.

This morning, Karen and I drove about 20 miles west to Abiline, Kansas to visit the museum. It was pretty nice, and it was very interestinphoto 3g. As everyone probably knows, Eisenhower (or just Ike as most people around here call him, sort of how you’d refer to a favorite uncle you knew as a child) was a very, very accomplished man. I’ve always been fascinated by the potential of people to accomplish great things, and Eisenhower was certainly among those remarkable individuals.

The very short list of Eisenhower’s accomplishments include West Point graduate, Commander of the Combined Forces in Europe during WWII (obviously I skipped over a few things), President of Columbia University, NATO Commander, and President of the United States for two terms. Not a bad list to include on one’s resume.

While touring the library and museum, I kept thinking about how civil discourse for those who served the public in the 1950’s generally differed so greatly from what we observe today — Sen. Joseph McCarthy notwithstanding. Eisenhower served as a Republican, but he was respected by everyone. As president, he and America collaboratively accomplished an impressive number of initiatives. Just a few of those initiatives include:

• sponsored and signed the Civil Rights Bill of 1957, the first civil rights bill since Reconstruction;
• sponsored and signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, giving birth to America’s interstate highway system;
• balanced the budget three times by refusing to cut taxes or raise defense spending;
• negotiated an end to the Korean War;
• expanded Social Security;
• kept America at peace (the most important of all).photo 1I’m convinced that if America made a commitment to model political discourse and cooperation after the more-golden age of Eisenhower’s presidency, and concurrently reduce inflammatory rhetoric that does little more than divide people and constipate progress, we would once again make the social and legislative progress necessary to guide us into a new era of peace, prosperity, and niceness.

2 Responses to I Like Ike!

  1. Flora Yuan July 3, 2014 at 14:23 #

    Sounds like you are having fun!

    • Karen July 4, 2014 at 14:35 #

      Hi Flora, we are having a blast! We are still in Kansas waiting for our 5th wheel orientation. I am looking forward to the day I can say, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore!”

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