Pat Eisenhower

Guvnor Pat, attempting to drum up support for adding billions of dollars of debt to the state's balance sheet, comes up with another whopper:

“I’m a student of Dwight David Eisenhower,” McCrory told county commissioners. “I want to do the same thing in North Carolina.”

For starters, it's hard to imagine that Pat is a student of much of anything or anyone, given his anti-education bent and his apparent lack of knowledge about so many things.

But he's certainly no student of Eisenhower. If he were, he'd be aware of things Ike said and believed in. Things like:

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.

Pat? Integrity?!?

And this:

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.

And also this:

Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.

Looks like Pat needs remedial work in Eisenhower studies.



And let's not forget this one

from Ike:

I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens.

Pat missed that day in his Studies of Eisenhower class. Pat thinks it's a privilege for people to stare at his mug giving speeches such as the state of the state.

In a speech that lasted 80 minutes, McCrory ticked off a list of challenges over the past year...

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Eisenhower ....

... gave Richard "Cancer on the Presidency" Nixon his entry into the executive branch of government.

Perhaps we should be carefully watching Pat's proteges.