Nostalgia..

According to Webster: nos·tal·gi·a, A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.

Question: If you could reach out and snag something from the past, ..what would that be?

       

 

A classic 55 Chevy convertible perhaps?

 

..or the Cheerleader that you were to shy to talk to? 

Both excellent choices of course, ..albeit for me, ..with the daily challenge of stretching my Social Security allotment to cover my obligations for any given month, ..my first choice would be yesteryears economy.

Think about it, ..at $ .23 cents, ..a gallon of gas was cheaper than a ½ gallon of milk, ..which sold for $ .43 cents. A loaf of bread was $ .18 cents, ..and you could mail a letter for three pennies. (Source, fiftiesweb.com).

  

Better yet, the national unemployment rate was 4.3%, ..good times.

 

Dwight David Eisenhower was the man behind the desk in the Oval Office…

A man who brought to the Presidency his prestige as commanding general of the victorious forces in Europe during World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower obtained a truce in Korea and worked incessantly during his two terms to ease the tensions of the Cold War. He pursued the moderate policies of “Modern Republicanism,” pointing out as he left office, “Americais today the strongest, most influential, and most productive nation in the world.”

Born inTexas in 1890, and brought up in Abilene, Kansas, Eisenhower was the third of seven sons. He excelled in sports in high school, and received an appointment to West Point. Stationed in Texas as a second lieutenant, he met Mamie Geneva Doud, whom he married in 1916.

In his early Army career, he excelled in staff assignments, serving under Generals John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur, and Walter Krueger. After Pearl Harbor, General George C. Marshall called him to Washington for a war plans assignment. He commanded the Allied Forces landing in North Africa in November 1942; on D-Day, 1944, he was Supreme Commander of the troops invading France.

After the war, he became President of Columbia University, then took leave to assume supreme command over the new NATO forces being assembled in 1951.

Republican emissaries to his headquarters near Paris persuaded him to run for President in 1952.

“I like Ike” was an irresistible slogan; Eisenhower won a sweeping victory.

Negotiating from military strength, he tried to reduce the strains of the Cold War. In 1953, the signing of a truce brought an armed peace along the border of South Korea.

The death of Stalin the same year caused shifts in relations with Russia. New Russian leaders consented to a peace treaty neutralizing Austria. Meanwhile, both Russia and the United States had developed hydrogen bombs. With the threat of such destructive force hanging over the world, Eisenhower, with the leaders of the British, French, and Russian governments, met at Geneva in July 1955.

The President proposed that the United States and Russia exchange blueprints of each other’s military establishments and “provide within our countries facilities for aerial photography to the other country.” The Russians greeted the proposal with silence, but were so cordial throughout the meetings that tensions relaxed.

Suddenly, in September 1955, Eisenhower suffered a heart attack in Denver, Colorado. After seven weeks he left the hospital, and in February 1956 doctors reported his recovery. In November he was elected for his second term.

In domestic policy the President pursued a middle course, continuing most of the New Deal and Fair Deal programs, emphasizing a balanced budget.

As desegregation of schools began, he sent troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to assure compliance with the orders of a Federal court; he also ordered the complete desegregation of the Armed Forces. “There must be no second class citizens in this country,” he wrote.

Eisenhower concentrated on maintaining world peace. He watched with pleasure the development of his “atoms for peace” program–the loan of American uranium to “have not” nations for peaceful purposes.

Before he left office in January 1961, for his farm in Gettysburg, he urged the necessity of maintaining an adequate military strength, but cautioned that vast, long-continued military expenditures could breed potential dangers to our way of life. He concluded with a prayer for peace “in the goodness of time.” Both themes remained timely and urgent when he died, after a long illness, on March 28, 1969. (Source Wikipedia)

Dwight David Eisenhower was a man of conviction, strength and dedication to America, ..and a man with a resume when he threw his hat in the ring for the highest office in Nation.

I was thirteen years old in 1955, my parents, my father, a common sense conservative, and my mother, a moderate Democrat, both campaigned for Ike and voted for Ike, ..Ike was a “national hero” revered by everyone.

Although it was strange to my peers, (I liked Ike). I not only knew who was who in the government when I was thirteen, I understood politics and politics involvement in society which I constantly conveyed to my peers, ..even though (not one) understood or shared my conviction.

Which of course I understood, as politics and government are tastes seldom acquired in an individual’s youth. Which of course, (at least in my opinion) ..is why our founding fathers decreed that there should be an age requirement to hold a public office.

Accordingly, again (alluding to my opinion,) ..if an individual, (man or woman,) ..is required to be 35 years of age to hold the office of president, ..I believe that an individual should be required to be 35 years of age to cast a vote for a candidate. Because, ..again (in my opinion,) ..if an individual, ..man or women, isn’t mature enough to understand the responsibility, criteria and the consequences of making the decisions that must be made by the leader of a Nation, ..then “they,” ..the individual is either to (immature, and/or, disinterested in the process, ..and should not be involved in the process.

Think about it, “we hear it every day,” (our children are the future of America) with “future” being the operative word in the narrative. Nevertheless, (at least those of us with God-given common sense) we don’t hand out our car keys and our credit cards to our “offspring” until they prove that they can be trusted. (Which sadly, ..in this day and age, is more often than not, ..never).

I don’t write what I write simply because I enjoy writing, (although I do enjoy writing) ..I write what I write because I love life, ..I love people, ..and I love America.

America, for “anyone” ..with the (capacity to read) ..and that has an interest in (who you are) ..and (why) ..you have what you have? America’s history is a great read.

As is Ed Klein’s latest book, “The Amateur,” which brings to light pretty much everything that our current Commander-in-Chief kept in the dark during his campaign.

 

Copies available through Newsmax.com for $4.95

(retail price $24.)

Pick up a copy today, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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