“Do You Think We’ll Make It Through the Next Two Years?”

“Do You Think We’ll Make It Through the Next Two Years?”

Yesterday morning I curled up in a comfy chair and did what I’ve been doing for decades since my college years.

I made my weekend call to my dad. In former times I spoke mostly with my mother, but when she developed Alzheimer’s several years ago, my conversations gradually drifted to my father. She passed away two years ago, and now I find it imperative to maintain regular contact with my dad, who still lives in the same house in which I grew up, some 500+ miles from my present home.

Dad is now 90 years old, and for a boy from blue-collar Gary, Indiana, he has risen above many challenges. A child of the Great Depression, he saw an older sister die from tuberculosis and nearly lost his mother to the same. He flew 50 missions in a B-17 bomber over Europe in World War II, grew a small business, fought back an aggressive cancer, and lost his wife of 65 years. Because of his WWII veteran status, he has become kind of a rock star in his hometown; he has addressed various groups about his service, has been the subject of a couple of newspaper articles, ridden in parade floats, and even been interviewed on a radio program.

The old man is, as my husband puts it, a “tough old bird,” but nearly every week when I speak with him about politics he asks me the same question:  “Do you think we’ll make it through the next two years?”

Of course he’s speaking of our country. I remind him that the midterm elections look promising for Congress, and he agrees, but he looks at a bigger picture.

He remembers a time when the nation was united to beat back the scourge of Nazi and Japanese aggression. When the United States declared war, this united feeling was about all the US had — as Dad put it regarding early military preparedness, “We didn’t have a pot to pee in!” President Franklin Roosevelt may not have been anyone’s idea of a conservative with his penchant for big government, but there was an enemy to be defeated — not “contained,defeated — and Dad has spoken of how Republicans and Democrats had banded together in that effort during the war years.

Home front solidarity was maintained by images such as this:

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And this:

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President Roosevelt, and later President Harry Truman, did not wax lyrical as Obama has about “respecting” those who would kill us. They would accept nothing less than total surrender. 

Was the war conducted perfectly? No, no war ever is. We wince now at the internment of Japanese civilians starting in 1942. Few people know of the internment of German-American and Latin-American citizens during the war years. My mother’s parents, German immigrants who had emigrated to America prior to World War I, were questioned by the FBI in their home. Mom told me that occasionally my grandparents would receive cold looks in public when their accented speech was detected, but it was not a regular occurrence.

The nation was not fractured, it was banded together to win. The Allied leaders, particularly Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and later Harry Truman, had no compunction about destroying the enemy and achieving complete victory.

And now?

We have a Commander-in-Chief who loves the Presidential perks but detests its responsibilities. We have a Commander-in-Chief who seeks “containment” of our foe ISIS rather than its annihilation. We have a Commander-in-Chief who counts on ISIS to “ultimately fail,” rather than to be crushed in defeat. We have a president who has done nothing but poison the alliance the United States has enjoyed with the only free society in the middle East, Israel.

And while the Community-Organizer-in-Chief frolics on the golf course on his three-week vacation, an old veteran who has lived through his nation’s biggest trials asks, “Do you think we’ll make it through the next two years?”

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

5 Comments
  • F.D.R. in Hell says:

    You’ll make it to 2016 if you pull Fat Man and Little Boy out of mothballs and wipe out the scourge of radical Islam once and for all.

    There’s no one with the guts in Washington to do that.

    If you’re worried about Moslem reprisals, don’t. ISIS is already in America and they’ll plan attacks no matter what course the alleged President takes. Trust me, it’ll be the golf course, so he’s not held responsible for what’s coming.

    Obama’s strategy is not new. When the bombs fell on Japan, the chicken Baptist, Truman, had pre-recorded his announcement and was out of the country on a foreign junket, so as not to be in the U.S. when Fat Man and Little Boy worked their magic.

    Let’s hope we didn’t fight World War II for nothing. 🙁

  • Subotai Bahadur says:

    Will we make it for the next two years? No not, at least, without the deaths of a lot of Americans from imported pestilence, terrorism by enemies we are inviting in and subsidizing, and terrorism by the government itself against Americans. And after that, the issue is still in doubt.

    My dad got his citizenship in Patton’s Third Army. I have kids who are young adults who are suffering under the disaster that is the Obama regime. With no real SECOND party in American politics, I figure that we are approaching the “third box”. I have kids [ and maybe soon grandkids] to protect, and a father’s memory to honor.

    Subotai Bahadur

  • Catherine Wilkinson says:

    Such a poignant post, Kim. My Dad is 89 and asks the same question. A WW2 Vet as well, it gives me great pain to watch his bewilderment at what this country has become. He’d fight again if he could. Our old heroes have more spine than the legions of self-serving little shits that “lead” our country.

  • MoronPundit says:

    Well, we’ll make it through the next 2 years. And probably a few dozen more before it is all over.

    But I think the damage is done and I can’t see a path back. We slipped too far into pure democracy and with that comes people voting their individual interests above what is right. Eventually, the floor drops out of a system like that. Obamacare was the final nail. If the feds can do THAT, they can do whatever 51% of people will allow.

    I’ll put the over/under at 2028.

  • Merle says:

    What concerns me is the outcome of WW3.

    Merle

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