Memorial Day Message: Dwight And Mark’s Excellent Adventure.

by Jerry Alatalo

“The great artist is the simplifier.”

 – HENRI FREDERIC AMIEL (1821-1861) Swiss philosopher

hile at first glance people might see no relationship between United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 Farewell Address and Mark Knopfler’s performance of “Brothers In Arms”, one might suggest the two men from different generations deliver powerful, profound, unforgettable peace messages which are precisely one and the same.

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

My fellow Americans:

Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as in traditional and solemn ceremony the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation.

My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and, finally, to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years.

In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the national good rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the Nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling, on my part, of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.

II.

We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

III.

Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad.

Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology — global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle — with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs — balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage — balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. I mention two only.

IV.

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite.

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

V.

Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

VI.

Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war — as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years — I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But, so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.

VII.

So — in this my last good night to you as your President — I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. I trust that in that service you find some things worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

You and I — my fellow citizens — need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation’s great goals.

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration:

We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the Earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

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One might suggest musician Mark Knopfler confirms Dwight Eisenhower’s political sentiments from the perspective of the artist, providing a contrasting yet mirror-like portrait of two nearly identical, constantly evolving, sincere human worldviews. One might further suggest Mr. Knopfler, whether he knows it or not, has a legitimate claim to being the creator of the ideal Memorial Day anthem, and arguably the most powerful musical statement for peace ever experienced.

Brothers In Arms

(1)

These mist covered mountains

Are home now for me

But my home is the lowlands

And always will be

Someday you’ll return to

Your valleys and your farms

And you’ll no longer burn

To be brothers in arms

(2)

Through these fields of destruction

Baptisms of fire

I’ve witnessed your suffering

As the battle raged higher

And though they hurt me so bad

In the fear and alarm

You did not desert me

My brothers in arms

(Bridge)

There’s so many different worlds

So many different suns

We have just one world

But we live in different ones

(3)

Now the sun’s gone to hell

And the moon’s riding high

Let me bid you farewell

Every man has to die

But it’s written in the starlight

And every line in your palm

We’re fools to make war

On our brothers in arms

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(Thank you to Mark Knopfler at YouTube)

Pandemic Inventor Claims COVID-19 Cure.

by Jerry Alatalo

Woman inventor sees bright future ahead for humanity with her new breakthrough

n inventor from Bulgaria envisions testing government leaders from around the world regarding their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming her in-production invention – the Love-o-Meter – can determine the truthfulness or deceptiveness of leaders according to the measured levels of love in their hearts.

Ludmilla Bargode of Bulgaria started imagining the Love-o-Meter based on her difficulties trying to determine which planetary leaders were speaking truth, or not. In a recent interview, one of many since the Love-o-Meter started being mass-produced around the clock in Ms. Bargode’s hometown in Bulgaria, her explanation for pursuing inventing it was: “Field studies resulted in the Love-o-Meter proving  99.99% successful in identifying whether subjects were speaking truth or lies.”

She becomes animated with enthusiasm when exclaiming, “We are extremely hopeful tests of world leaders on COVID-19 will begin soon, well, like yesterday!”.

She conveyed this to the particular interviewer with a calm knowing smile. Offering a deeper scientific aspect to the mechanisms which make each unit of Love-o-Meter the 1st invention ever to hold the capacity to determine the examined human being’s sincerity, Ms. Bargode gave this explanation: “The science behind the Love-o-Meter is really very simple. It can measure a person’s sincerity and/or honesty through the highly-accurate measure of that person’s levels of love in his or her heart.”

Her enthusiasm over the Love-o-Meter extends to its huge potential as a tool for legal participants in institutions responsible for the upholding of international law. Ms. Bargode believes that her Love-o-Meter will not only help determine who speaks truth on the pandemic once fully implemented in COVID-19 tests with world leaders, but will also become the miracle answer to those long-concerned over seemingly endless impunity “enjoyed” across time by the world’s most dangerous and notorious war criminals.

She noted: “What makes the Love-o-Meter the first great chance to solve major world problems endured by humanity – by the way, for what seems like forever – is its very real potential for literally guaranteeing the speaking of truth everywhere on planet Earth. The Love-o-Meter embodies the first genuine, unignorable, inarguable meeting of science and spirit, where now people will know – although the full mysterious aspects of human life are still evolving, and will do so forever – they cannot ‘get away with’ lying or deception any longer.”

Inventor Ludmilla Bargode of Bulgaria makes certain to remind people in her many interviews that the Love-o-Meter is now widely available, with current in-stock inventory standing at near (3) billions units, with more billions to come. She explains that shipment to anywhere on Earth is free, which will predictably bring the Love-o-Meter to everywhere it is needed, especially when considering the free shipping comes along with the Love-o-Meter’s “cost”.

Each Love-o-Meter is 100% free to all those who sincerely request one.

Okay, enough then … All sarcasm aside, the necessity to investigate the source of COVID-19 is paramount, given it has yet to become ruled out that COVID-19 is potentially the result of covert biological warfare. Legitimate questions remain unanswered in the growing global controversy on whether the pandemic virus exists in the category of naturally-occurring or was created in a laboratory using sophisticated genetic engineering.

Humanity cannot wait any longer to investigate in an open and transparent manner, inclusive of all expert opinion, – without politicization and from a position of highest moral aspiration – to ensure either (1) the universally welcomed reduction of stress associated with any growing blame game, if proven COVID-19 is a natural virus with nobody responsible, or (2) the rapid identifying and arrest of those guilty of war crimes, if proven illegal bio-warfare is the true source of the pandemic.

It would be great if the imaginary Love-o-Meter was real and actually available, but it’s not. Serious, sincere, immediate and simultaneous national and international investigations should start as soon as humanly possible.

In lieu of a miracle invention, humanity is left with its only path to any and all maximally positive outcomes with regard to the global pandemic: Seeing clearly through the eyes of truth. For this generation and all those yet unborn…

Peace.

(“The Eyes of Truth” by Enigma | Thank you to EnigmaSpace at YouTube)