One hallmark of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency was sponsoring and signing into law the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956.
This is an infrastructural highway system that connects nearly all the states and today contributes immeasurably to interstate commerce in addition to automobile travel.
Can you imagine what this big government project would have been like if each individual state would have been responsible for building its own interstate highway system?
It would have been an entangled mess of dead-end highways and roads to nowhere.
Today, the only infrastructure project that concerns the Republicans is a bigger fence on the Mexican border.
It was a dark, cold day with sporadic bursts of sleet-rain mix on Jan. 20, 1969, in Washington D.C.
Sadly, it was the day that the old Republican guard just faded away and the first seed of the right wing tea party was sown. This all happened the very moment Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as president.
For many of us, it was a crossroad in history because we did not leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left us.
In remembrance, I think the occasion resembled more of a funeral than a ceremony.