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Black and White, America needs strong leaders

May 2, 2014 - Greg Hitchcock
My young years were spent in the 1980s when the world was threatened with nuclear war, yet when strong leaders made the world safer.

The 1980s was a time when everything was looked on through black and white lenses.

Rock sang out freedom as measured in the American way of life: God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood, Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen, America by Neil Diamond, and Livin’ in America by James Brown.

The Cold War was won when America and her allies stood up against the Evil Empire, i.e. the Soviet Union.

It was like the iconic movie Star Wars of the time, when rebels stood against the Galactic Empire intent on universal domination.

Ronald Reagan was my hero and the hero of many at a time of doubt and frustration.

Coming out of the 1970s with an energy crisis, economic inflation, and an American hostage situation in Iran that dragged on for months, people were losing faith in their government and in each other.

By the 1980 elections, many voters were hopeful that Reagan would breathe fresh air in America.

He believed in America’s homespun family values and free enterprise; and transmitted the message of freedom to millions of people struggling to establish democratic governments behind the Iron Curtain and the third world.

Today, there is no Evil Empire to stand up against.

There is a more sinister movement of terrorism that threatens our freedoms, shakes our beliefs, and makes us fearful of the future.

We have gone full circle when we again doubt our future, our jobs, and our livelihoods.

One of Franklin Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms was the freedom from fear.

And as Abraham Lincoln once reminded America, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” so we cannot afford to be divided by petty partisanship.

Today, we need strong leadership as when Reagan stood against the Soviet Union.


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