By Harry M. Covert
Imagine for a few moments if hindsight was 20-20 vision. Imagine if mistakes could be corrected years after the fact. Imagine not having to say “if only I could have done things differently.”
Dear hearts and gentle people, looking back and fretting over small or large things of past actions, activities and or accomplishments can’t be done.
Such looking back and making changes is impossible as are death and taxes. Or, having the future predicted by palm readers, tarot cards and so-called and self-proclaimed prophets.
All of the gotchas going on with political watchers doing their best to smear Jeb Bush who said based on the information available in 2004 to his brother, George W., he too would have invaded Iraq. He supposedly has tried to get around the impertinent questioning. The bottom line is the U.S. did invade Iraq and nothing is going to change that.
My choice for the world’s greatest office remains in personal limbo. There’s a lot of time and lots of things are going to interfere before election day.
‘WIMPINIZING’ and HATEFULNESS
Every candidate will face hatefulness if they dare oppose same-sex marriage, or the old saw abortion, or how to stop “wimpinizing” – I just invented that—the nation’s youth.
For Heaven’s sake and for creating a safe world, the U.S. must be strong in every way, character-wise, economic-wise and education-wise.
The way things are today, those who dare seek elective offices must not express opinions that runs counter to left-wingers and right-wingers. They apparently have to give up rights to free speech.
If vast numbers of Americans could re-do isolationist thoughts would they stop Herr Hitler in 1939; would they wake up and never allow concentration camps?
In hindsight, imagine Richard Nixon taking President Eisenhower’s advice and not debating Mr. Kennedy; imagine if Nixon had used a makeup artist?
Imagine if former Maryland Gov. Spiro Agnew did not take brown paper bags of money as payoffs when he was Vice President.
Imagine how many thousands of Iraqi Christian lives could have been saved if the U.S. had put troops on the ground only a few months ago?
Imagine the numbers of the nation’s military men and women who, despite the dangers, want to fight in Iraq and throughout the Middle East for the cause of freedom. No sane person wants war or to fight with rifles and bayonets but the soldiers, marines, Navy and Air Force fighter pilots are prepared and, while they can’t say it, they “love to fight” or else why volunteer?
Imagine how lives would be if the ISIS crowd gets a foothold in the U.S. It’s not funny to even think about it.
Everybody knows full well that to crush the Islamist fighters the U.S. must take the lead and “kill them all.” Harsh, out of line you may say? It isn’t cute to watch beheadings of innocent people. It isn’t cute to see captured soldiers burned alive in cages.
Whoever becomes the Leader of the Free World better have a strong hand on the plow. In fact, the job is to save the world. Yes, save the world.
Whoever gets the job must be resolute, forceful and determined to run out all of the criminals masquerading as Middle East religionists.
Suppose the biker gangs in Waco, Texas over a recent weekend had gotten out of control in Frederick County; or Baltimore; or New York City; or during the political activities in Iowa, South Carolina or New Hampshire?
The motorcycle boys would not give a whit about gun laws. Nine bikers were killed in the Texas gunfight, several hundred were injured. Maybe they should be recruited for duty in Ramadi or Syria – soldiers of fortune. They like to fight.
I do wonder today if George Washington had any second thoughts about the American Revolution; or General Lee about surrendering at Appomattox; or the Volstead Act banning booze; or the Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk; Truman’s firing of a disobedient five-star general; or if Martin Luther King Jr. decided not to give hisi “I Have A Dream Speech.”
Or if Thomas Alva Edison could decide not to invent the light bulb.
Hindsight is just that. Learn from those days and make things better.
(This column appeared on April 19, 2015 in The Tentacle.)