A Golf Course for Our Citizen of the World

 

The perfect commemoration of our forty-fourth president

 

Robert Welch, the founder of the John Birch Society, famously described President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a “conscious, card-carrying agent of the Communist conspiracy.”

 

Asked to respond to the comment, the young William F. Buckley Jr., who was trying to solidify a more intellectually responsible conservative movement, replied that “Eisenhower isn’t a Communist.  He’s a golfer.”

 

I like the proposal above.  It signals an end to American military adventurism abroad, and a redirection of our military assets to more peaceful purposes.  Perhaps we can contract the patrolling of the seas out to China.

 

 

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  • Raymond Takashi Swenson

    The US armed forces have weapons AND golf courses. Because of the risk of aircraft crashes during takeoffs and landings, the land off the end of runways must be kept open, without structures. An appropriate land use becomes golf courses, where only a few duffers will be killed if an F-16 engine fails. The cost of building and maintaining the golf courses comes from the profits of the retail stores operated on the bases by the Navy Exchange Service and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, at no cost to taxpayers.

    In Japan, where open land is at a premium, making golf a very expensive pasttime, occasionally an enterprising sergeant will invite some local businessmen to golf as his guests, at a very modest contribution compared to a Japanese golf course. If he enlists several of his co-workers in his business, he can clear several thousands of dollars profit per month. After I prosecuted one such entrepreneur, the base’s income from green fees dropped by 50%.

  • Mark B.

    And to paraphrase William Steig, what’s one golfer, more or less?


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