MISSOURI, January 25, 2015 — Almost all the news reports in 1941 had to do with the US involvement in World War II. Hitler was on the rampage, persecuting and systematically killing the Jews in Germany and throughout Europe and persecuting Christians who helped the Jews in what would become known as the Holocaust; Japan attacked Pearl Harbor; the economy became ever more centered in the war effort. In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt imposed a freeze on prices and wages in the US.
In 1945, the US dropped atomic bombs, weapons of unusual destructive power, on Japan. President Truman was the Commander in Chief to make that decision. On May 8, 1945, victory was declared in Europe. In 1949, NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was formed.
On the home front, with the War ending, the economy made a shift away from defense to production of goods for consumers, setting the stage for prosperous times to come. The mood was light as our soldiers came home from war duty and started their families.
Americans were ready for better times and this was reflected on the world of entertainment, business, and inventions. An example of innovating inventions from 1947 was the development of a tiny device that could control an electric current and amplify it.
It was known as a transistor and would transform the world of radio broadcasts.
As in the 1930s, the 1940s produced a bumper crop of more survivors. The men and women who lived through World War II would never be the same again, and they are among the most patriotic US citizens today.
Nothing can create an appreciation for the blessing of freedom like having the threat of that blessing being taken away. That is what is happening today, and Seniors are the true observers of this decline.
The current administration violates the Constitution daily. But it is not the only one to blame. Opposition politicians complain but do nothing to stop it, so they also carry blame.
We have lost our leadership in the world by the actions and lack of actions this administration has taken. Case in point is that no high-ranking administration official showed up in Paris to support anti-terrorist efforts and show solidarity with France. We have intentionally given away our prestige and leadership on the world stage.
By showing such weakness to our enemies, we are sure to be attacked and what is this administration going to do. We must remember this administration consists of no one with leaders who has the intelligence, guts, and respect to handle these attacks. Remember the warning by President Obama to the Syrians “don’t cross this line?” They crossed the line and that was the end of that. The Administration took no action.
We have problems with protesters setting on fire on police cars, stealing, destroying businesses and neighborhoods and attacking the police. No action.
Another real tragedy is New York, where the Mayor has created an environment of disrespect for the police officers who protect New York’s citizens, including the Mayor and his family. How can this be?
Now the IRS has the “Chutzpa” to say they will have to delay certain services, potentially even delaying tax returns to the taxpayers.
Now if they did their job by collecting delinquent taxes owed by federal employees and retirees and quit whining, they would have an excess of monies more than the three hundred million dollars they are asking for.
Currently 311,566 federal workers and retirees are delinquent and owe a total of 3.5 billion dollars in federal taxes, according to IRS data released March 8, 2013. How about collecting the millions of dollars owed by one Al Sharpton? I guess he has special dispensation.
The number of problems in the country today is staggering. We have moved from self sufficiency to a welfare state. We have a President who already has his veto pen out, with no sign of compromise in site. Illegal immigration continues unabated and we can’t control our borders. Cyber wars are on the increase, and we are vulnerable in our computers and our power grids and elsewhere.
So what can we do? Make sure the politicians obey their oath of office and protect our Constitution. If they don’t they need to lose their jobs. We need to use the 2016 election as an opportunity to elect a person who will put our country back on track.
The alternative could be devastating.
However, that’s from a time and place I am from-