I've thought for some time that America might need a president like Theodore Roosevelt or Harry Truman. They were strong larger than life leaders who played a major role in making the United States a strong world power. Donald Trump is the only current candidate who comes close to the personality of those two.
Teddy Roosevelt inherited the presidency after the
assassination of President William McKinley. The
United States had won a war with Spain, but European powers who
had designs on Latin American countries that owed money to them
didn't regard the United States as a major power.
Roosevelt told them to stay out and he would deal with Latin
American debtor nations. Latin American nations complained
about Roosevelt's Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine, but his
actions prevented European nations from dividing up Latin
America the way they were dividing other parts of the
world. Roosevelt's heavy handed approach to Latin America
also produced a canal through Panama.
Roosevelt negotiated an end to a war between Japan and Russia
and earned a Nobel Peace Prize. He ended a west
European conflict over control of Morocco that might have
become a major war.
Roosevelt pushed Congress to give the United States one of the
world's largest navies.
Harry Truman inherited the presidency upon the death of
President Franklin D. Roosevelt as World War II was
ending. He faced the task of rebuilding a world
devastated by years of Depression and war. He set up the
Marshall Plan to help west European countries rebuild their
economies so that the communist political political groups
couldn't use the situation to gain control of those
countries. He helped the Japanese switch from being a
military power to a nation focused on economic goals.
Truman helped establish the United Nations and a system of
regional treaties as he made the United States the principle
super power. He kept the country from slipping back into a
Teddy Roosevelt was the original Bull Moose. He was out
spoken and belligerent with strong opinions. In 1912, he
was so upset with his successor that he ran against him on the
"Bull Moose" party ticket.
Harry Truman wasn't a tall man but he would stand up to anyone
from Kansas City political strong man Boss Pendergast to
the leader of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin. When one of
the nation's greatest generals, Douglas MacArthur challenged
Truman's decision on how to handle the Korean War, Truman
didn't hesitate to say "you're fired." Critics sometimes
complained about his crude language.
Donald Trump is clearly the only "Bull Moose" in the
race. He shares Harry Truman's pen chant for using
language that some consider crude. Donald Trump is a
real larger than life person like Teddy Roosevelt and Harry
Truman were. To borrow an old Flip Wilson tag line "what
you see is what you get". He tells voters what he
thinks rather than sticking to a prepared script like most
of the phonies who run for office. Like Roosevelt
and Truman he won't let special interests push him around.
It isn't necessary for presidents to enter office with specific
plans for handling all problems. We need a president who
knows how to select qualified subordinates. Richard Nixon
was one of the 20th Century's most intelligent presidents, but
he was forced to resign because he chose the wrong people to
assist him in the White House. The War on Terror is
going badly in part because President Barack Obama chose an
inept Secretary of State named Hillary Clinton. Trump's business
success demonstrates he knows how to make good
decisions. The United States is facing a
difficult war because of poor presidential decisions. We
need a strong leader who will take charge and make the nation
great the way Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Harry