Political Leadership Means Making the Hard Decisions

by | Sep 16, 2020 |

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After the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress and the nation, giving his now famous “Day of Infamy” declaration of war speech.
During his speech Roosevelt expressed full confidence that we as a nation would prevail against the enemy that attacked us, the Empire of Japan. What Roosevelt didn’t tell Americans was that the Japanese attack was much more devastating than the average American realized.
Had he told Americans the real truth it may well have ended up demoralizing the nation to the point of there being a call for the president to immediately sue for peace instead of going to war, which is what the Japanese were hopeful their surprise attack would result in.
World history would be changed, the Nazi atrocities would have continued unabated across Europe, eventually leading the rest of Europe and our British allies to succumb to the Nazi German onslaught. The Japanese atrocities in China and across Asia would also have continued. America’s position in the world would have also been severely diminished and certainly weakened had President Roosevelt told the American people and the rest of the world of the true severity of the damage inflicted on our nation’s ability to defend itself.

In early 2020 and on subsequent occasions since, President Trump addressed the COVID-19 pandemic by publicly recognizing the threat, but by also expressing confidence in America ultimately defeating the virus, while knowing full well the true extent of the threat the virus posed to America.

He has explained that he was cautious, measured, and upbeat in what he said because he did not want to create a panic or sense of despair among Americans. A perfectly understandable thing to do under the circumstances.
The president has come under political attack for doing exactly what was needed at the time. Instill confidence in our nation’s ability to defeat this unseen enemy attacking us, and extoll Americans to not give up. Just as his predecessor Franklin Roosevelt did way back in 1941.
President Trump has also been criticized for taking a different approach in initially dealing with China. President Trump refrained from using harsh or belligerent rhetoric when discussing China and its leader. The very nation whose cooperation we were trying to secure at the time to help us learn more about the virus.
According to the Democrats the president should have expressed hostility and belligerence. I guess they’re not familiar with the old adage “you’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”. It certainly made no sense to express anger and displeasure with the very people whose help we might need. Another wise decision at the time by the president, and another display of the sound decisions he has made throughout this national crisis.
From challenging American industry to rapidly meeting the demands for ventilators to save the lives of COVID patients, moving Navy hospital ships in record time to help meet the demands for more hospital beds, and quickly producing the needed personal protective equipment whose stockpiles had been left empty by the previous administration. President Trump has taken all of the steps necessary to respond to this pandemic.
In both cases, that of President Roosevelt in 1944, and President Trump in 2020, it’s called ‘leadership’. 
Something the Democrats haven’t a clue about. 

Leadership certainly wasn’t displayed on September 11, 2012 when Barack Obama and Joe Biden left Americans to die in Benghazi. Turning their backs on the Benghazi defenders is a much more appropriate description.

True leadership doesn’t come from focus groups, polls, or talking heads in the news media. True leadership comes from being willing to make the tough decisions, even when it may be unpopular and criticized later on.
President Trump stood up to protect the United States when the true nature of the COVID threat became known, just as he does every day. And America will defeat this pandemic with his continued leadership and steady hand at the helm of the ship of state. 
Because President Trump is a true leader.
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Del Wilber

Del is a former under cover employee of the Central Intelligence Agency serving overseas in Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East. He currently does consulting work in counterterrorism and writes columns, as well as appears as a guest on a number of programs.

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