General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower was addressing 1,100 Scotsmen at the annual dinner of the St. Andrew's Society of the State of New York, but he obviously meant his words to carry further. "Seemingly, somewhere along the line, we have lost some respect for mere thrift and independence," said Ike. In Jefferson's day a liberal believed that "the best government is the least government." Now, said Ike, a "liberal is a man who, in Washington, wants to play the Almighty with our money."

General Eisenhower also had hard words for the preoccupation of U.S. citizens with security. "Security,...

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