In the late 1960s, the bipartisan Eisenhower Violence Commission, formed by President Johnson and extended by President Nixon, warned that most civilizations have fallen less from external assault than from internal decay.
Over recent years, the internal decay prophesied by the Violence Commission, but also by President Eisenhower in his military-industrial complex farewell speech, has been reflected in American public policies.
The fault lies on both sides of the political aisle.
After Pearl Harbor, "Mr. Republican," Senator Robert A. Taft, said criticism is patriotic. The Eisenhower Foundation's Patriotism, Democracy and Common Sense assembles more than three dozen patriots. They range from Kevin Phillips, chief political strategist for Richard Nixon's victory in 1968,
to former Senator Gary Hart.
Why have American policies failed? What alternative policies can return America to its promise, internally and in the eyes
the global community?
Proverbs 24:23 says: "It is a wrong to sentence the poor and let
the rich go free." How can this help guide America to a new sense of
Patriotism, Democracy and Common Sense answers such questions in a preposterous way. It asks citizens and policy makers to actually connect the dots-to move America forward by developing mutually supportive and complementary foreign, national security, Middle East, economic, domestic, inner city, media, campaign finance, and voting reform policies.
Too much to expect of our civilization?