January 11, 2018

Eisenhower Republicanism

I've always been interested in "Eisenhower Republicanism." (That's why I get invited to all the cool parties and appear in the society page so frequently.)

A reliably-left Facebook friend posted this

I'm not going to go too deep with the poster (a kind ex-coworker whom I'm very unlikely to convert), but I wondered to what extent the party had changed and to what extent the meme-crafter was misrepresenting the platform.

The post includes a link, and the answer is "both." I encourage you to at least take a cursory look through the platform, it is interesting. In the shadow of the New Deal, I think ThreeSourcers would assent to:

We hold that the major world issue today is whether Government shall be the servant or the master of men. We hold that the Bill of Rights is the sacred foundation of personal liberty. That men are created equal needs no affirmation, but they must have equality of opportunity and protection of their civil rights under the law.

We hold that the strict division of powers and the primary responsibility of State and local governments must be maintained, and that the centralization of powers in the national Government leads to expansion of the mastery of our lives,

We hold that the protection of the freedom of men requires that budgets be balanced, waste in government eliminated, and taxes reduced.

In these and all other areas of proper Government concern, we pledge our best thought and whole energy to a continuation of our prized peace, prosperity and progress.

You tell 'em Republicans! G-O-P, G-O-P! Four More Years! We Like Ike!

The meme misrepresents, but does not lie. New Deal programs were popular and they could not oppose them:

The record of performance of the Republican Administration on behalf of our working men and women goes still further. The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers. There have been increased workmen's compensation benefits for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and pension plans for federal employees.

It's a bit of a mixed bag, but all-in-all I could support it.

Philosophy Posted by John Kranz at January 11, 2018 10:00 AM
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