Once again WSF goes wandering about trying to make sense. A rambling and possible nonsensical blog. You have been warned.
There have been times in our recent history when bold initiatives produced great results. Foremost is WWII and the aftermath.
The Marshall Plan in
Europe along with the
creation of NATO were bold and daring moves. Granted, they were motivated by
the fear of Communism in general and in particular, but paid off.
First, Russia Western Europe recovered economically.
Second, the Europeans (who so enjoy bashing the ) haven’t been killing off each
other and dragging everyone into their periodic wars. USA
Putting MacArthur in charge of
post WWII was bold. He was a polarizing man, and a flawed human being, but he
was the right man at the right time. My
late father who was in Japan India
during WWII loathed MacArthur but would admit he did the job in . Japan
What have we had since then? Half assed efforts hobbled by aversion to risk taking, and politically covering of asses.
The only bold and daring recent event I can think of was Margaret Thatcher’s
response. Falkland Island
War on Terror? Give me a break. Gutless payroll patriots and poll reading politicians running a war with more interest in focus groups polling than military history. I include flag officers in this sorry mess. A Patton? A Nimitz? A Spaatz? Don’t see much resemblance to them in the current crop. More the triumph of the REMFs.
Which leads me to Donald Trump. He is nothing if not bold, although I see little substance in his rhetoric. I think he is tapping into this country’s desire for bold and decisive actions and results. We are still a nation of risk takers even with the deadening hand of government bureaucracy. The group of risk takers I’m most familiar with are car dealers and wholesalers. They are all in for Trump.
Is he the right person to be president? Damned if I know. What I’m enjoying is the discomfort and outrage of the professional political class, especially RINOs, with a nod to the (P)regressives being aghast. Of course, the (P)regressives think he will only help Shillary. Perhaps, if we are fortunate, she may soon self destruct. Her ethical stench is making even hardcore (P)regressives gag.
Speaking of crazy hair, how about Trey Gowdy? That is a man I could get excited about. Seems to be one of the few Republican with brains, guts, and tenacity.
As always, YMMV.