Analysis of Eisenhower's Farewell Address

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Eisenhower Farewell Address In his farewell address to the American people, President Dwight David Eisenhower enumerated his fears for the country. More than this, he told the American people that it was their responsibility to be vigilant, to ensure that the government acted for the betterment of the American people and not for the politicians who held office. During this address, President Eisenhower gave a warning to both the citizens of the United States and to the leaders of the nation. It is all too easy to fall into patterns and to allow for others to acquire power beyond the parameters of what is either fair or just. The only means of fighting the potential challengers of freedom and justice both within and without the United States is vigilance and dedication to independence and personal freedoms. If measures are not taken to guard against the strength of the "military-industrial complex" then this faction could become far too powerful, eventually subverting the rights and privileges of the American citizens who the military was designed to protect. He believed that by its very nature, military spending would increase, which has proven to be true. As the nation expands in terms of population, and as technologies have increased both within this country and in the nations of allies and enemies, the cost of military defense has increased. He saw that an ever expanding militia would continue to take a larger portion of the national budget as time went on. Further,

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