Today’s commentary on the evils of censorship comes from conservative President Dwight Eisenhower. “Ike” was the four-star general who led Allied forces in WWII, and was our President from 1953-1961.
This is what Ike said about people who want to ban books:
“Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book … . [W]e have got to fight it with something better, not try to conceal the thinking of our own people. They are part of America. And even if they think ideas that are contrary to ours, their right to say them, their right to record them, and their right to have them at places where they’re accessible to others is unquestioned, or it’s not America.”
I couldn’t have said it any better myself.
(Thanks to Melanie Bengston at the First Amendment Center for the quote. Be sure to read her entire article.)
4 Replies to “I like Ike!”
Moments of Brilliance
It’s always been sad to think of Ike as one of the Domino Theorists. Good to see he had a few moments of brilliance.
(Deadboy and the Elephantmen)
minor nitpick: General Eisenhower was a 5-star general who held the rank of General of the Army. On the tree of military precedence he is only surpassed by General “Black Jack” Pershing and General George Washington who were named General of the Armies; George Washington will, by an October 11, 1976 act of Congress, will always remain senior and could never be outranked.
Thank you for the clarification!
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I am a big fan of american history and the military.