On that note, here's something that caught my eye this morning: Europe Warns Obama: This Relationship Is Not Working. In defense of our
If you're young like me, we're probably in the same boat. What true leaders have we had in our "adult" lifetime to be proud of? Sure, I started my life under Reagan, but I didn't really realize the power that our elected officials have (for good or for evil) until about 5 years ago. Sadly, I can probably only claim George W. Bush, and only on the grounds of fighting the war on terror. It is for this reason that history greatly intrigues me, and also makes me feel that we must look to the past for men to model ourselves after, men to compare our current candidates against.
I've recently heard of Obama being compared to Neville Chamberlain. Suffice it to say that I agree with the comparison, and that it gives me hope. "Hope?" you ask? Yes, because if it took a Carter to get a Reagan, and a Chamberlain to get a Churchill, we are near the threshold of having a great leader on our hands. I think one of the reasons I like Churchill so much is because of the time relation to the last Great War. I've said many times that Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers are my most favorite shows of all time, and I don't know if I'll ever be able to properly convey why that is. Hell, I never served in the military, but after watching those movies I can't ever make it through singing the Star Spangled Banner without tearing up. Case in point, writing this last sentence has given me a lump in my throat. What really turned me on to Churchill was his speech after taking over for the abysmally weak Chamberlain, specifically these parts:
The audio is even better. I don't know how true, but I've heard that neither Churchill nor Reagan was well liked upon entering office. I'm assuming it's because they had some hard truths to confront (because it fits in with my post here), truths that their predecessors ran from or to which they blinded themselves: "