Churchill and Trump share similarities

Friday , March 09, 2018 - 6:00 AM3 comments

People living in freedom are not the majority in this world and never have been, which points to the uniqueness of our form of government — a republic with democratic processes and three branches of government incorporating a system of checks and balances. The design has served us well, for the most part.

In truth, America has an exemplary record in adhering to its founding principles and its people are constantly performing their own checks and balances on the three branches of government. Our freedom of speech is critical to this process, but today’s media tends to deal more in extreme bias to the point of becoming a detriment rather than an asset. We need always to be diligent in this regard.

Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary actions to protect the people of a country. As an example, we can look to Britain under siege at the beginning of World War II before the United States officially entered the war. It chose a rotund, eloquent, resourceful statesman to lead them when it appeared that it could become another victim of the Nazi war machine. Winston Churchill was the right man for the job, even though his enemies were numerous and persistent. He managed to ally his country with one that would become the most powerful in the world. The U.S. and the Allies would win wars in two hemispheres and defeat the Axis, but it took extraordinary leaders and persistent, valiant actions from everyone.

Shortly after the war ended Churchill was thrown out of office by his enemies, even though he had saved Britain. President Donald Trump is an extraordinary leader and has his own set of intolerant enemies. His administration is getting things done and returning America to the right track both economically and militarily. Our democracy is stronger when we have strong leadership; we should have faith in our system of government – it works.

Will Trump’s fate be the same as Churchill’s? Possibly, but if our democracy is better off, who cares?

John W. Reynolds

Pleasant View

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