Dwight D. Eisenhower on subversion

I was just chatting online with a friend, Curt Loter, who is currently serving with the US Army in Iraq. I asked him to name a military personality that he most admired. He replied with Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Rogers Clark, and George Patton. I was impressed with the list as my friend is quite young and before that comment I had no idea he possessed such knowledge of history.

But from that list it was Eisenhower that most caught my attention. (Most likely because of this year’s 2008 presidential election.)

The quote below, I believe, is very relevant to today’s political climate. With so many social websites becoming nothing but a home for anti-government conspiracy theories, (such as the US Government secretly blew up World Trade Centers) and with more and more of our citizen being brainwashed every day by what 60 years ago would be called enemy propaganda, I think these words are worth remembering.

“Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower