I may be wrong, but I do not believe the settlers moving westward to settle uncharted lands in the 19th century, and who faced life-threatening challenges from every quarter, brought grief counselors with them to ease the trauma of dealing with those obstacles. Nor do I recall reading in American history books about presidents in that era giving soothing speeches to comfort the settlers who lost families by the score, with vague and meaningless promises that “everything is all right; just trust us.”
What I do remember reading about in history books was an American people who met seemingly insurmountable challenges, including fights to the death from hostile forces and Mother Nature, but who fought back, picked themselves up, kept on going, and never looked back. That’s How the West Was Won, and it is that tough, fighting spirit that catapulted America from a small, rogue nation to the most powerful in the world in less than 150 years after winning its independence.
What do we have now? Well – we have what we have.
Long-gone are the days of sure-footed, principled leaders like Theodore Roosevelt, who carried a “Big Stick” and was a real fighter. Or President Grover Cleveland, who dared to criticize federal aid as “encourag[ing] the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character.”
Just one generation ago, President Ronald Reagan boldly demanded that Soviet leader Gorbachev “tear down” the Berlin Wall; and he meant it. Now, we have a President who travels abroad and issues veiled apologies to foreign nations; one who dithers and frets at home, and who, when finally pressured into taking action, does as little as possible in order to say, “There, see, I did something; now leave me alone.” He is a President more comfortable pontificating about “climate change” than waging a determined and focused fight against real terrorists.
It is not all Obama’s fault; after all, in many respects he is but the child of the culture that elected him. In a sense, such feckless leadership is to be expected from decades of Leftist conditioning that teaches submission and capitulation to authority, rather than courage, action and resolve on the part of the citizenry – individually and collectively.