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Letter: America failed to heed Eisenhower’s warning

America failed to heed Eisenhower’s warning

We began to lose our country in a serious way about 60 years ago. President Dwight Eisenhower noticed the changes early on, and warned us in his farewell presidential address. The shifty, shapeless, barely perceptible enemy was given a name: the military-industrial complex (MIC). Apparently, no one gave it much thought; no one lost any sleep. A subject for good-natured ribbing in Li’l Abner, “What’s good for General Bullmoose is good for the USA,” effectively became our mantra.

As the U.S. economy boomed in the postwar years, so did the ambitions and the reach of the MIC. The fat cats became ultrafat and multinational. They effectively run our government in secret, while we the people are left to be entertained by the Democratic/Republican Punch and Judy show. Ever wonder why we are constantly at war now, and why we often throw in on the anti-democratic side? That’s because there is no wrong side when the goal is keeping up our monstrous defense contracts.

With just a fraction of the $1.2 million dollars a minute we spend on “defense” today, we could take this country a good long way toward universal prosperity. But don’t look for it to happen. The MIC runs the show, and it will for the foreseeable future. All of the important decisions will be made without us, and not for the benefit of the populace. See anyone electable in 2016 who is going to make a difference, citizens? I didn’t think so.

Grant Golden, M.D.

Buffalo