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"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.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

-- Dwight David Eisenhower, Farewell Address

Dwight Eisenhower was a West Point graduate, a victorious five-star general, and a Republican. Nobody in American history was better qualified to deliver this admonition.

Forty-seven years later, consistent, consequential adherence to Eisenhower's call to action still eludes us, despite repeated and ample proof of his veracity. "Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can COMPEL..." COMPEL is what Eisenhower said, and he was in a position to know that nothing less forceful than compulsion would be necessary to maintain a proper balance between defense and the broad scope of our national priorities.

The Eisenhower Project will be attempting to help an alert and knowledgeable citizenry to organize in a manner whereby it can expand its numbers and exercise influence to the point where compulsion becomes possible.

This will mean re-conceiving the idea of an anti-war movement as non-situational -- instead, to be a permanent, large-scale establishment, as suggested by Eisenhower, that opposes not "this war," but the policies, practices, and influences of militarism in general. An active, vast, and permanent society -- a new religion, if you will, that assembles regularly in every locale, has a meaningful community presence in all locations and endeavors, and coordinates at regional, state, and national levels for maximum effect. A religion that has as its mission to build, inform, alert, and activate the largest possible population to "compel peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

Towards these ends we dedicate ourselves to the establishment of a National Peace Service that will function in the role of counterbalancing the power and influence of the armaments industry and affiliated governmental, political, social, and economic structures, and as ombudsmen for the interests of Peace.

This is our mission. If this is your mission, welcome to the Eisenhower Project.

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