I’m not a Democrat or a Republican. I vote for causes, not political parties.
Okay. Where do I begin?
Harry met his wife in Sunday school and fell in love with her. He remained faithful to her all his life. As a young man, Harry failed at many professions. He failed, failed, failed. (Funny, writers face similar challenges.) Anyway, Harry never gave up. If he failed at something, he tried something else.
So what was Harry good at?
He didn’t do too badly at politics; but how did this Unknown become Vice President of the United States?
It was a long shot. FDR needed a running mate. At that time, the vice presidential candidate was chosen by their party, but there was a split among the liberal and conservative Democrats. To unite the party, the Democrats picked an unknown from Missouri.
When FDR died suddenly, Harry had big shoes to fill.
After the war ended in Europe, Harry visited burned out European cities and saw all the displaced men, women, and children. It devastated him. He wanted the war in the Pacific to end as quickly as possible to save American lives.
It’s foolish when people compare the attack on Pearl Harbor to dropping the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There is no comparison without stating the facts:
- The Japanese were a ruthless, fearless foe. It was honorable to die for their country. They didn’t know the meaning of defeat. In this way, they are similar to ISIS and Al Qaeda.
- Rather than be captured, Japanese soldiers would smile; then they blow themselves up with their own grenades.
- On the March to Bataan, the Japanese made American soldiers who had fallen behind dig their own graves before they shot them.
- The Japanese beat female inmates to death or they set them on fire for trying to smuggle in food and medicine to save their children in Japanese prison camps.
- The Japanese raped and killed Chinese women; they had beheading contests to kill Chinese men, and they made the Chinese dig their own graves before they buried them alive.
- Filipino women were forced into the sex trade to provide “comfort” for Japanese soldiers. I guess killing all those people wore them out.
President Truman knew who he was dealing with, and he ordered the Japanese to surrender or face sure and utter destruction. When they didn’t, he dropped the bomb, and he never regretted doing so.
What does President Obama do? Instead of executing war criminals, spies, and terrorists as FDR did, he frees the very worst from Guantanamo Bay, and he refuses to call the enemy radical Islam.
Ever since America left Iraq, the world has become unstable, allowing ISIS to fill the void America left behind. In short, terrorism has spread across the globe, which has endangered America and our allies.
Bottom line: We need another President Truman.