David Wunder: He’s not like Ike

October 30, 2013 

Regarding the Oct. 22 news story “McCrory talks to conservatives”: Gov. Pat McCrory an “Eisenhower Republican”? Let’s see how he stacks up regarding teachers, voter rights and labor.

“Teachers need our active support and encouragement. They are doing one of the most necessary and exacting jobs in the land. They are developing our most precious national resource: our children, our future citizens” – Eisenhower’s address at the National Education Association, April 4, 1957.

“I believe that the United States as a government, if it is going to be true to its own founding documents, does have the job of working toward that time when there is no discrimination made on such inconsequential reason as race, color, or religion” – The president’s news conference of May 13, 1959.

“Today in America unions have a secure place in our industrial life. Only a handful of unreconstructed reactionaries harbor the ugly thought of breaking unions. Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice” – Eisenhower’s speech to the American Federation of Labor, New York City, Sept. 17, 1952.

David Wunder, Cary

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