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In assigning to God the responsibility which he learned could not rest with his doctors, Eisenhower gave evidence of that weakening of the moral intuition which was to characterize his administration in the years to follow.
In any other man this reassurance to the electorate would have caused us a profound moral shock.
About this man we had to think twice.
We knew that it was, as reassurance, the ironic fruit of a deeply moral nature.
But the fact remains that even the unconscious acceptance of himself as a man of destiny divinely protected must be censored in any man who evades the responsibility for his major decisions, and thus for imposing his will on the people.
And in the context of drifting personal utterances we have examined, there was occasional evidence of the origin of all such evasions.
When the possibility that he had not given reconsideration to so weighty a decision seemed to disconcert his questioners, Mr. Eisenhower was known to make his characteristic statement to the press that he was not going to talk about the matter any more.
Thinking had stopped ; ;
it was not to be resumed.

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