In my study of the politics of my generation, I feel that I am most influenced by the Platform of our late President Eisenhower. The issues of his day are also the same issue we are facing today.
Here are the seven planks from the 1956 Republican Platform that Dwight D. Eisenhower ran on for President.
1. Provide federal assistance to low income communities
2. Protect Social Security
3. Provide Asylum for refugees
4. Extend the minimum wage
5. Improve unemployment benefit system so it covers more
6. Strengthen Labor laws so workers can more easily form
7. Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of sex
We need to be lifting our people out of poverty and not creating a system where they become trapped and can never climb out of poverty.
Protection of Social security for elderly was critical then and it still is today. We need to provide for the security of our elders as they provided for us.
Our country was founded on the backs of immigrants and we should honor that foundation. It is our heritage.
Extending the minimum wage. The minimum wage must be raised and then it must increase with inflation and never be allowed to become stagnant.
We must protect people from loss of income and assist them with retraining when their jobs are replaced due to technological advances.
We must strengthen our labor laws and make it easier for workers to form unions.
And it is imperative that we assure equal pay for equal work no matter what gender.
Unfortunately we have steered away from these fundamental values that helped our country and our families flourish after WWII. We need to get back to our roots again and create an economy where all of our citizens benefit. Let's stop funneling all of our wealth to the very few at the top and start sharing it with the people who really do the work of making our country great! One of the biggest reasons for this gross misrepresentation of the values of our citizens is directly related to the infusion of money in our politics and with our Supreme Court now giving credence to corporations over the American people. We need to become a country where all persons are created equal and have the inalienable rights to life, liberty and happiness again! We need to become what we have always aspired to be and yet have never really achieved.