This week’s article on President focuses on Presidents from the conservative realignment of the 1980s, and the turbulent decades of the 1960s and 1970s which saw so many important modern events and movements important to defining the U.S. today in the twenty-first century.
Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
From Ronal Reagan, we should learn to switch sides when the people you used to support no longer represent what you believe. Regan was a New Deal Democrat during the Great Depression but as time went on he discovered the Democratic Party no longer supported what he believed as a person and as a politician. We should never stay with a group just because it is safe and comfortable.
Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
We see in the actions of Jimmy Carter in the Camp David Accords that we should always try to work for peace, even between the worst of enemies. Peace is a worthwhile goal that we should attempt to achieve, even if it seems impossible.
Gerald R. Ford (1975-1977)
From President Ford, we need to learn pardon and forgiveness even when others will think that the person does not deserve it. While many will not agree with his pardon of President Nixon, he did it because he thought it was best for the nation to move on and not dwell on the events of the past. Forgiveness rarely is deserved but something we should all practice.
Richard Nixon (1969-1975)
From President Nixon, we should never try and hide the truth. Nixon was not responsible for the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Hotel. He did not order or sanction it. His problem was he helped cover it up when it came out. When you know the truth you should let it be known so as to not make yourself look bad and because it is the right thing to do.
Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)
Johnson learned and so should we, that we can’t invest in both guns and butter at the same time. He tried to help the poor of the United States and defend Vietnam at the same time, both of which did not work very well. In our own lives, we need to make sure we are taken care of first and then help other people. It does us no good to go into poverty to help every person who needs help if it leads us to need the help of others in the end.
That is all I have for your this week. The next in this series will deal with the Presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Herbert Hoover. See you next week!
Thanks for reading. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Class dismissed!
Presidential Seal. Digital image. Wikipedia. Wikimedia, 6 Jan. 2014. Web. 10 June 2017. (Featured Image of this article)
There is a book used heavily in writing this speech to give more information about the Presidents, and it would be cited it here, but it is packed away for an impending move and Unpacking to find it would not be fun. An Amazon search also failed to find the right text because the exact title and cover could not be remembered or found. When the boxes are all unpacked, the article will include the appropriate citation here.