Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms in not spending money alone.
It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.
It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.
It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.
It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.
We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat.
We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.
This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.
This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
It was not some leftist hippie. It was in fact president Dwight D. Eisenhower in his “cross of iron” speech on April 16, 1953. It just shows how far the politics of this country has gone to the right that even most top Democrats would not say things like that today.
And Republicans? They have become so unhinged that even a former top Republican intellectual like Norman Ornstein who works at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute says that it has ceased to be a conservative party and has become more like a paranoid apocalyptic cult, “an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”