Nation is missing honest leadership
After World War II ceased in May 1945 there were more than 16 million American veterans alive. According to best count, there are fewer than 2 million veterans today, and from this group now falling at a rate of around 700 per day. For reasons known only to our living God, my good fortune brought me through German U-boat and Japanese submarine attacks at a time when there were 300 U-boats deployed in the European conflict. A mother’s prayers didn’t hurt.
After Pearl Harbor attack, our backs were against the wall, but blessed with good leadership and hard work, we turned the tide in our favor. We united as a country — no Republicans and Democrats — just Americans organized to destroy dictators. That leadership directed the greatest manufacturing miracle ever seen. Once primed, our manufacturing proficiency was launching one complete Liberty ship per day from Gulf Coast shipyards, and planes were produced in assembly-line fashion. The Axis had no chance.
We are the same country that won WWII but people have changed. Presidents and politicians, with poor management and over-spending our tax money have buried the country in a financial hole from which we may never recover in my lifetime. The key word defining every political activity today is “party” first and “country” if it suits.
Playing the “blame game” is the number one sport, but if president, most of Senate and House representatives would look in the mirror, they would see the problem. Good, honest leadership is missing in Washington today, replaced with selfishness on the edge of being dishonest. Leadership with country first and other things later, like that which won WWII is missing. Four good years of my life, like thousands of other veterans, living and passed on, were spent fighting with the Constitution and our families as inspirations. It is discouraging to realize that we have a president, and others, who today feel that our Constitution is no more than some outdated document.
History tells that somewhere in every crisis there are good people who step up to the plate and straighten the crooked path. Like the finger in the hole in the dike, we can only hope that the finger, or fingers soon show up. We are in crisis and need the fingers.
Robert B. Hurm — CMM-USNR
3607 Tannehill Drive
Maryville, TN 37801