Revisiting There Once Was a President
Americans have a short memory when it comes to US history. Is it because they weren’t paying attention in school or maybe because school stopped teaching the history of our country? Two years ago I wrote a blog “There once was a President” and I encourage you to re-read it.
There has always been controversy concerning the person occupying the office of the presidency. George Washington was overwhelmingly elected President and some wanted him to be king. His desire was to move the fledgling nation forward on the path to self-government for the good of the people.
Abraham Lincoln was a self-taught lawyer who beat the odds to become president and the Civil War started over his presidency and particularly his stance on slavery which led to his assassination. Unabashed racism surfaced after the war in the form of the Ku Klux Klan terrorizing blacks and whites and the birth of the Democratic Party.
John F. Kennedy came from a wealthy family. He was a World War II combat veteran who commanded PT 109 that sank in the Pacific where he survived with his crew. After the war he became a member of the House and then of the Senate. He toured the Far East and the struggle that engulfed the Southeast Asian nation of Vietnam. He ran for and won the office of the presidency. Everyone thought he was too young and inexperienced to be president. He faced a number of political challenges, civil rights, Cuban missile crisis, and the Berlin blockade among others. His greatest challenge was from his cabinet, military leaders and congress. He didn’t receive timely or accurate information when he asked for it. He was authorized the formation of the Army’s Green Berets, yet was against sending American troops into Vietnam. He ordered his chief advisor Aval Harriman to instruct the US Ambassador to India to begin negotiations with Vietnam for a peaceful settlement and the withdrawal of US advisors from Vietnam. That order was intentionally not carried out and he was assassinated before he could find out. He set the stage for NASA’s first mission to land a man on the moon. He said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country”.
Donald J. Trump came from a hard working family of builders. He graduated from military school and graduated from college in mathematics before working in the family business and becoming president of Trump Enterprise with a successful television series “The Apprentice”. He ran for and against all odds won the office of the presidency. He faced political obstacles from day one, a hostile congress, hostile media publishing lies and spreading misinformation about his personal, professional and political life. He faced an unwarranted special counsel investigation of Russian collusion which after 2 years found nothing. He battled border security, racism, rioting and domestic terrorism in US cities. He met with foreign leaders in Europe and Asia to establish new trade agreements. He withdrew the US from bad trade agreements and began withdrawing our troops from foreign wars. He relocated the US embassy to Jerusalem and negotiated normalizing relations between Israel and 4 neighboring Arab nations. He strengthened the US economy by lowering corporate tax rates and personal taxes, bringing US companies to reopen factories in the US. While dealing with the first congressional impeachment over a perfectly normal phone call with a foreign head of state he began battling the Chinese Virus outbreak in the US. He activated medical reserves, brought civilian and government together to manufacture personal protective equipment and ventilators while calling for the development of vaccines to combat COVID-19 as the nation went into self-isolation, social distancing and face mask mode to slow the spread. Then came the 2020 election that turned into a side-show of its own with voter and election irregularities that altered the outcome of the election. As his team proceeded to the contest the election results, domestic terrorists began an assault on the US Capital Building blaming MEGA supporters and President Trump directly leading to his second impeachment with only 7 days left in office. His “Make America Great Again” slogan gave renewed hope and a voice to “Fly-Over Americans”. – I am the Real Truckmaster!