Silent Ambassadors

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[And now for something completely different!  Behold, the first guest post!…written by this stamp enthusiast’s maternal figure (who still gets caught wearing, and occasionally weeping over, her “I like Ike” pin, particularly when the national news is on):]
On January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower bid farewell to his position as President of the United States.  This was the speech in which he admonished us to think of the industrial-military complex—a 5-star General taking a stand for moderation and peace.  What great, global thinking—not often seen here or abroad.  Please take a moment to read these quotations from his speech.  I applaud President Eisenhower for his wisdom.  ”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….Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect….We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.”

Thanking you, mater!

Stamp details:
Stamp on top:
Issued on: December 13, 1990
From: Abilene, KS
Designed by: Ken Hodges
SC #2513

Stamp on bottom:
Issued on: October 14, 1969
From: Abilene, KS
Designed by: Robert J. Jones (photograph by: Bernie Noble)
SC #1383

(Source: arago.si.edu)