NOT LIKE TODAY’S: Let’s Talk About When Leaders Used to Have Balls

Written by Larry Usoff on August 10, 2015

Several of my heroes were presidents, a few were military people and a couple were politicians.   The common denominator was that they were all dyed-in-the-wool Americans.   Today, the United States is being led down the primrose path by a lawless administration, aided and abetted by a rubber-stamp Congress.  The American public, in general, and in a small majority, thinks that whatever this administration does, is alright with them.   They proved that when they elected and then re-elected a man they knew virtually nothing about…the man I call the Prince of Darkness.

What would some of my heroes have done, or said, if they were around today?

Teddy Roosevelt said this, “The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.”   With the largest amount of people ever on some sort of government subsistence, that statement does not apply, but it should.   He also said, “The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”

The way Lurch, aka Kerry, has gone about ceding little bits and big parts of our freedoms to Iran, the United Nations and ISIS should be a wakeup call…perhaps a call to arms for the American people, but it doesn’t appear that it is.

Perhaps the greatest strategist to come out of World War 2 was George S. Patton, at least when it came to tank operations.   He took the measure of the German army and found them an equal…but the American troops were a bit more than equal.

He said, “Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.”

Bowe Bergdahl was a coward, a deserter, a traitor, but the Muslim-in-chief welcomed his parents at the White House as if he were a conquering hero…which he certainly was not.   The Navy officer, Timothy White, who fired at the terrorist in Chattanooga is a hero, but he’s being charged with shooting a weapon on Federal property. [Editor: Since this column was written, a Navy official has said they will not be charging White.] What sort of upside-down logic is that?  If you can offer resistance to the enemy you should.  Period.

Patton also said, “We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”

Andrew Jackson, hero and the seventh President of the United States, had this to say, “I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.”   Not much seems to have changed since he uttered those words.   As a matter of fact, it just appears to have gotten much worse.   Ambassadorships are bought by contributions to a political campaign as opposed to a person who might actually have contributed some knowledge and expertise to that post.

Politicians appear to have as their main interest their re-election rather than truly representing the people that put them in office.   Jackson also said, “The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer… form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country, men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws.”   Look around.   Are we still a nation of equal rights and laws?   We have a Supreme Court that is supposed to be impartial…but is it?   This is what Jackson said about that, “All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.”

More recently in history, JFK said this, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”   Wake up, America, we are being sliced and diced into neat little groupings that can be manipulated one against the other.   As concerns freedom he said this, “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”   If you have to think about that, you are not living in the present because surrender or submission is, in my opinion, a very real option if this administration has its way.   It’s a very simple question to ask yourself…if America does not lead the world, if America disappears, if America surrenders…what will the world be like?

Finally, we must consider Islam truthfully.   Certainly to some their martyrs are heroes, but we in the Western world, we who treasure life more than death, think otherwise.   Everything I need to know about Islam I learned on September 11, 2001.

Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired,

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