I would like the Presidential Candidates on both sides to take some time and think about the history of this great country. In my 64 years, this is the sorriest bunch of candidates I’ve ever seen and I lived through the Eisenhower era.
We survived a revolution with the British, which any Vegas odds maker would tell you the British were favored to win. How did we prevail against their superior force? Tenacity. We kept coming and, for all intents and purposes, it looked like we’d fight to the last person before we gave in to British rule. I believe we would have.
In 1812, we won another mismatched conflict with the British where they destroyed our country’s capital. Most people would have given up. We kept fighting until they surrendered.
A few decades later, we survived a horrendous civil war. A conflict like that would have torn most countries apart, yet we came back stronger and more united than ever.
In the early 20th Century, we fought in what was then called “The War to end All Wars.” Yeah, nice PR job on a worthless catchphrase. But we survived and prospered.
Then, in 1929, our fragile economy broke. It’s always been fragile and it always will be, that’s the nature of a free market economy. A majority of people lost almost everything they had. Unemployment rose to almost 25% in a few years. Times were tougher than most of us can imagine today. And while the left and right will continue to argue about just how we made it through those dismal years, the plain fact is that we did. And, again, we were stronger than ever.
The strength we developed during that time came in handy when we took on most of the globe in World War Two. The majority of our Pacific Fleet had been destroyed. We were losing for years until the tide turned. And what caused our victory? An unwillingness to give up. Lots of prophets of doom were saying it was over for America back then. Hey, when they’re wrong, they’re wrong.
A couple of years after winning WWII, we fought again in Korea. And while it is considered a draw by many historians, we fought valiantly even though the scars of the last war had just begun to heal.
The prosperity of the mid-50’s was incredible. Along with so many accomplishments, we built an intricate system of Interstate Highways so that we could be more connected as Americans than ever before. It looked like smooth sailing until we began meddling in the affairs of another Southeast Asian country.
The arguments about why we were involved in Vietnam will go on for many lifetimes to come. Whatever the reason, we were devastated as a country. Young people who had always done what was expected of them began to question everything. Racial tensions peaked with the assassination of many political, social and civil rights leaders. The status quo was questioned endlessly.
The chaos of the mid to late 60’s would have flattened most countries. One only has to look at the Middle East for proof that ongoing and unchecked unrest can destroy a nation.
Conflicts in the Middle East dominated the news after the Vietnam era. They had oil and everyone wanted it. Some didn’t much care how they got it. Unfortunately, we meddled in the affairs of sovereign nations. We put people in power who would be friendly to our interests, regardless of how badly they treated their own people. Everything came to a head with the attacks of 9/11. Over 3000 innocent Americans killed in one day. Most people would have just given up. We didn’t!
A few years after 9/11, the economy almost imploded again. If it had, it would have made the Great Depression of 1929 look like a bump in the road. But some very smart Americans figured out a way to avoid the collapse. You can argue their methods, but bottom line, we survived.
We’re still here. A little worse for wear, but we’re still kicking. And we will be as long as we never forget who we are and where we come from. I’m convinced the best is yet to come, regardless of the incompetent politicians who attempt to lead us. It will take a lot more than their ineptitude to destroy the American Spirit.
Candidates – don’t strive to make America great again. We’re still the greatest nation on the face of the earth, but the best can always get better. Sure we have lots of problems, but we’ve always had problems. We don’t need rhetoric we need real solutions to those problems. The first person who offers real solutions to those problems, whether he or she is a Democrat , Republican or Independent, will get my vote and hopefully the votes of my fellow Americans.
While I defend the right of the current candidates to run for the highest office in the land, I do wish they’d all just go away. Together you embody all the problems facing this great country. We’re all still waiting for the man or woman who has the solutions.
God Bless The United States of America!
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I have lunch once a week with two friends I have known for more than 25 years. We often talk politics. I have been proud of the fact that I have voted in every election I was qualified for since I was 18. Lately however, we have been talking about not voting at all. There are at least two reasons for thinking about giving up. First, I/we do not really like any candidate of either side. Second, here in California the Democrat will win regardless of who it is, and if I were to vote, it would have to be for the Democrat, because the Republicans are just f…ing crazy. I really wish we Americans would get over the idea that we have to have only two parties. England has just proven that three parties can be made to work just fine.