At the end of a speech that he gave three days ago at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel said the following:
“In closing, I paraphrase another prescient statement by President Eisenhower: Someday the American people will want peace so badly that they will push the government aside and just seize it.”
I’m trying to understand what Mike Gravel was talking about. How was President Eisenhower prescient? I mean, when have the American people pushed the government aside in order to seize peace?
Besides that, if the people push the government aside and seize peace, that isn’t very peaceful, is it? How exactly does peace by mob action work?
I can’t make sense of this statement enough either to agree or disagree with it. Its premises are so foggy that it just confuses me.