2 Democrat Presidents Provided Lessons for Combating Terrorism

How political correctness in the wake of the Orlando, Paris and San Bernardino attacks threatened America’s free-enterprise system

Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, both Democrats, won wide respect for their handling of monster threats to America. Plus, both presidents did not hesitate to identify the enemies, call them out on their lies, and to take decisive action.

Americans – Democrats and Republicans – were greatly inspired by the vision and character of each president.

President Roosevelt successfully led America through two crises – the Great Depression and World War II. Even though Americans wanted revenge against the Japanese, President Roosevelt knew the biggest threat was Nazi Germany.

President Kennedy stared down the Soviet Union when it built strategic missiles in Cuba serving as threats of mass destruction to the United States. In fact, he used the phrase, weapons of mass destruction.

In a speech before a joint session of Congress on December 8, 1941, President Roosevelt made Americans proud in his response to the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that killed more than 2,400 Americans. A deafening, loud standing ovation erupted.

“…this form of treachery shall never again endanger us…we will gain the inevitable triumph so help us God.”

-President Roosevelt

President Roosevelt was inspiring for two men – personally important to me – who served in World War II.

My father, who long ago passed away, heroically fought the Japanese in the bloody campaign for New Guinea. Success meant strategic help for the U.S. Navy’s push in the Pacific Ocean and the U.S. Army’s liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese.

My beloved stepdad, whom my mother later married just before the Cuban Missile Crisis, served in the occupation of Japan immediately following the war.

So to honor their legacies of patriotism and courage – in the wake of the terror attacks in America  – I feel compelled to point out the lessons taught us by the two great presidents in times of crisis.

These are historic lessons that President Trump understands. But the Obama Administration didn’t appear to want, understand or acknowledge.

The following video shows President Roosevelt’s response to Pearl Harbor.

This second video shows President Kennedy did not cower as our leader on Oct. 22, 1962 in his televised speech to the nation.

Despite the strong performances of two legendary role models in his own political party, President Obama opted for political correctness that threatened Americans.

He did admit the Orlando shootings — the worst mass shooting in the U.S. — were an act of terror and hate, but once again hid behind his gun-control smokescreen instead of naming the root cause of such violence.

Only after the FBI proclaimed the San Bernardino mass murders a result of terrorism, did President Obama he reluctantly admit the cause was indeed terrorism.

But he fell woefully short of the mark by refusing to characterize it as radical Islamic terrorism.

As a result: Unlike the actions and words of President Roosevelt and Kennedy, Mr. Obama’s refusal meant Americans were the most uncomfortable they’d been since the terrorist attacks on New York City on 9/11.

This is mind blowing now that we all know radical Islam has repeatedly declared war on America. Yet, Mr. Obama dismissed ISIS as a mere “JV team.” Thankfully, his successor, President Trump, unleashed the military to all but annihilate ISIS.

Just hours prior to the Paris attacks, President Obama claimed ISIS was contained.

He accused patriotic Americans of being Islamaphobic. He said they’re verbally offensive.

In his speech the night before the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, Mr. Obama disingenuously tried to switch to a political discussion on gun control.

Incredibly, he blamed terrorism violence on the Second Amendment. The issue here is not gun control; it is about border control and sovereignty to protect freedom for Americans.

Catastrophic nuclear Iran deal

He pushed through the catastrophic nuclear Iran deal, which handed over $150 billion to the adversaries. Publicly, Iranians continually shout “death to America.”

He failed to see how or why Americans felt threatened about these well-financed deadly attacks. In fact, Mr. Obama’s failures only served to embolden the terrorists because it aided their PR efforts to attract more fanatics as soldiers.

As it is, terrorism necessitates two dozen American security officials – the FBI, NSA, and state and local enforcement – to monitor just one suspected terrorist. The FBI has said there are perhaps 1,000 suspects at-large.

The San Bernardino mass murderers were not even included on the list of suspects.


Yet one of them, Tashfeen Malik, was easily admitted to the country only to abandon her six-month child when she left home to commit her carnage on the co-workers of her husband who had recently honored them with a baby shower.

Her husband, Syed Farook, even advocated the destruction of Israel, according to his father in the aftermath of the slayings.

The FBI learned they were radicalized and chose to hide it.

To say the least, this political correctness fetish was dangerously, dangerously unconscionable. Radical Islamic terrorism is the 21st century version of World War II and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Mr. Obama’s first priority was to protect Americans – acknowledging the crisis and developing an effective strategic plan of attack – not engaging in political correctness.

Then, perhaps, Mr. Obama would have honored the legacies of Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy, and America’s free-enterprise system will survive.

From the Coach’s Corner, more public-policy commentaries:

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Why a 1960s’ Beatles Protest Song is Still Relevant — Have you ever wondered why British groups like The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Beatles spent so much time touring abroad? To sell music for sure, but there’s another reason: Abusive taxes.

Trusted News Organization Blasts Obama Administration over Continuing Censorship — One of the world’s most-trusted and largest news reporting services warned about censorship imposed by the Obama Administration. It was the organization’s second warning in 2014. Ignoring the public’s right to know is a serious accusation, especially from the Associated Press.

How Will Journalists Act After Obama’s Supreme Slap at the 1st Amendment? — Updated March 1, 2015 – A controversial study of the news media by the Federal Communications Commission has been put on hold. Many Republican lawmakers, media groups — and this business portal — complained that the study was a disingenuous attempt to influence journalists in their news coverage — a threat to freedom of the press

Memorial Day: What Would Abraham Lincoln Say Today? — Memorial Day is a holiday to remember the armed forces’ men and women and why they died to protect our freedoms. What Honest Abe would say today. It’s been well documented that Abraham Lincoln is the political idol of President Barack Obama. Mr. Obama has even tried to emulate President Lincoln.

“…the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing.”
-President Kennedy


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.

Canadian Study – U.S. States Plummet in Economic Freedom

If you or your business has unwarranted problems with any level of government – from ObamaCare and the IRS to local zoning ordinances – your economic freedom is being trampled. Further, there’s a connection between the arrogant trampling of our economic freedom and our unhealthy economic climate.

Coinciding with America’s economic decline, a leading Canadian public-policy think tank reports that citizens in many U.S. states are suffering from a decline in economic freedom. That’s the conclusion from a study by the Frasier Institute entitled, “Economic Freedom of North America 2012.” 

“Economic freedom is a key ingredient in creating prosperity,” said study co-author Nathan Ashby, a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. “States with high levels of economic freedom provide families with higher standards of living.” 

ID-100148136 koratmemberFrasier Institute’s body of work encompasses more than 25 years by three Nobel laureates among more than 60 scholars.

The study measures the key indicators of economic freedom in the U.S. and Canada. 

The key indicators: 

1. Size of government

2. Taxation

3. Rule of law

4. Property rights 

“The heavy-handed regulation and extensive overspending by Washington in response to the domestic and European debt crises not only caused America’s global economic freedom level to drop, it’s now affecting economic freedom levels at the state level,” he added. 

U.S. compared to Canada 

Ironically, the report indicates economic freedoms have improved in the 10 Canadian provinces. Among 144-ranked nations in the 2012 “Economic Freedom of the World Index,” Canada ranks fifth. After being ranked second in 2000, the U.S. declined to No. 16. 

“The link between economic freedom and prosperity is clear: States that support low taxation, limited government, and flexible labor markets benefit from greater economic growth,” said Fred McMahon, co-author of the report. 

“In contrast, states with reduced levels of economic freedom see lower living standards for families and fewer economic opportunities,” he added. 

The report notes that the average per-capita GDP in 2010 for the top 10 states was $51,737 compared to $44,889 for the remaining states. 

Delaware, the most-economically free state, ranked first among all states for having the smallest size of government and most flexible labor market – while Alaska, Delaware, and Texas impose the lightest overall tax burdens.  

The states with low scores on these measures have corresponding low levels of economic freedom. New Mexico and West Virginia score worst for size of government. New Jersey and Rhode Island score worst for taxation. 

West Virginia, Alaska, and Hawaii score worst for labor market freedom at the all-government level (comprising federal, state/provincial, and municipal/local). 

Where’s the leadership? 

All of this means America needs leadership – not disingenuous politicians promoting dysfunctional public policy for their political gains. 

Everyone agrees the U.S. was in a much better fiscal situation in the mid-1990s during the Clinton Administration. Unlike the Obama Administration and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who refused to allow a vote on the federal budget for several years until December 2013, President Clinton and Congress cooperated in a nonpolitical fashion. 

Mr. Clinton was effective because he was budget-minded, and he reached across the political aisle to negotiate with his opponents. It’s a matter of record that Mr. Clinton met with House Speaker Newt Gingrich on 35 occasions to discuss issues facing the country. 

In contrast, Mr. Obama doesn’t bother to meet with Congress. 

Evidenced by his incessant sarcastic name-calling and innuendos, Mr. Obama ostensibly prefers campaigning to sitting down and negotiating an economic recovery. 

Nor does Mr. Obama appear to care about the 23 million unemployed and under-employed Americans. He hasn’t even convened his own jobs council since January 2012. 

Worse, his administration has been caught in 10 misrepresentations in the promotion of the disastrous ObamaCare. You’ll recall the misrepresentations — such as being able to keep the same doctors, keep the same health-insurance coverage and $2,500 in average savings on premiums.

The obvious conclusions: 1. Congratulations to Canada. 2. America’s murky fiscal situation is unacceptable. 

Resource link: Download the economic freedom report 

From the Coach’s Corner, the decline in the average American’s economic freedom is not a recent development. I’ve been writing about it for several years in this portal’s Public Policy category. You’ll find well over 100 articles with solutions.

“The problem with the federal government is that common sense is not necessarily common.”

– Terry Detrick


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is also a business-performance consultant and profit professional.Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry. 

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