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Great Leaders of the Past: Winston Churchill

May 13, 2019 by Dan Kazan in Politics
Winston Churchill courtesy Wikipedia

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill had a long career as an English politician and is a role model of what a great leader can be and do.
It wasn’t always easy for Churchill. In the early days of his career he was often humiliated and famously ignored when he warned the entire world of the impending danger that was the rise of Nazism and Adolf Hitler.

He was born in 1874 into a aristocratic family as a direct descendant of the Dukes of Marlborough. He served in the British Army in Cuba, India and Sudan, and by 1900 was in politics. Churchill had many jobs as a rose in power and standing, and by the start of World War I he took over full responsibility for the air defense of Britain.

During the days leading up to World War II Churchill was a staunch critic of then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement policy towards Hitler. Right before the infamous Munich Agreement Churchill wrote that the British government was faced with a choice between “war and shame” and since they had chosen “shame” they would get war later, but on much less favorable terms.

When WW II started for England on September 3, 1939 Churchill was appointed to the same position he had at the onset of WW I, First Lord of the Admiralty. He went on to become Prime Minister in 1940, a position he held until 1945, and then again from 1951 until 1955, but it was during WW II that his incomparable talent to lead really showed itself.

One of his speeches, delivered in June 1940, demonstrates the type of politician he was:

… we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

Churchill led the British Empire to its greatest victory against the most difficult odds. With Churchill at the helm Britain dared to say no to Hitler when the rest of Europe fell like dominoes and surrendered to tyranny.
During the battle for Britain, which was fought by the Spit-fire fighter pilots above, Churchill chillingly said of those pilots:

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Churchill’s words and actions directly led to the defeat of Hitler and tyranny in the world. As such he is a worthy leader to look to for inspiration.

Romney Critical of Trump’s Mueller Report Actions

April 26, 2019 by Gail Nussbaum in Politics
Speaker Paul Ryan with Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and his wife, Ann Romney.

Mitt Romney, the newly elected junior senator of Utah, former governor of Massachusetts, and 2012 candidate for president, described President Trump with harsh words in his reaction to reading the recently released Mueller report. Trump did not waste much time lashing out against Romney in response.

One of the few republicans critical of Trump’s behavior as described by special counsel investigator Robert Mueller, Romney said that he was “sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President.”

He added that he was “appalled” that Trump
associates, during the 2016 presidential campaign, “welcomed help from Russia.”
During the 2012 presidential Romney was highly criticized for saying that Russia
was America’s “greatest geopolitical foe.”

Other republicans were also critical of the
president but used more moderate language. Senator Susan Collins of Maine said
in a radio interview that Mueller’s report offered “an unflattering portrayal
of the president,” while Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said the report “documents
a number of actions taken by the president or his associates that were
inappropriate.”

Trump responded to Romney in a tweet the
next day:

“If @MittRomney spent the same energy fighting Barack Obama as he does fighting Donald Trump, he could have won the race (maybe)!”

The tweet came with a 40-second long video
contrasting Romney’s election loss to Obama in 2012 with Trump’s win over
Clinton in 2016. The origin of the video is not unclear.

Romney has consistently been critical of
Trump. In January 2019, just a few days before Romney was sworn in as Utah’s junior
senator, he wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post that Trump “has not risen
to the mantle” of the office of president and his ““words and actions have
caused dismay around the world.”

Republicans Pushing Trump to Drop Cain for Fed Nomination

April 10, 2019 by Gail Nussbaum in Politics
Herman Cain at a press conference to reject allegations of sexual harassment in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo courtesy
Gage Skidmore

Herman Cain has not yet been nominated to join the Federal Reserve Board, but Republicans are already working to remove him from consideration. Republican Senators are warning President Trump that the nomination of the 2012 presidential candidate will cause an ugly confirmation fight that they would prefer to avoid.

“There are concerns that are being voiced to the administrations about qualifications,” said Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) “They’re probably going to hear from a number of our members about concerns that they have. Whether or not that gets them to make a course change or not, I don’t know.”

Republican senators have more or less taken a hands-off approach to Trump’s nominees since his taking power in January 2017; but when it comes to the Federal Reserve lawmakers are more hesitant to approve nominees that could politicize what is supposed to be an independent government arm.

The disagreement over Cain comes at a time when Republican senators are already working on stopping Trump’s purge of the Department of Homeland Security and preventing damaging auto tariffs. The senators have also frowned on one of Trump’s other possible nominees, Stephen Moore.

Some senators believe that Moore’s chances of getting to the Feds has risen since Cain’s name came up. Despite Moore’s issues such as unpaid taxes and strongly partisan reputation, pundits think Republican senators would not want to push back on both Trump nominees, allowing a path for Moore to be nominated to the Fed.

Republicans are trying to persuade Trump to pick someone with less partisan positions, and less problems.

“I don’t think Herman Cain will be on the Federal Reserve Board, no. I’m reviewing Moore’s writings and I’ll make a determination when I have done so,” said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who seems confident Cain will either be derailed or not officially nominated.

“I feel that we can’t turn the Federal Reserve into a more partisan entity,” Romney added. “I think that would be the wrong course.”