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Charles Burdick

Charles Burdick

President Harry S. Truman once said, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” This started me thinking about our politicians of today. The unrest and distrust shown by both parties toward the other and the negativism shown certainly is not good. We have a president that refers to everything as, I did it, if it wasn’t for me this wouldn’t have happened. I and me are two words most often spoken by him. It appears that the atmosphere that exists in today’s politics will not allow Truman’s thoughts to rule.

Henry Ford, one of this country’s great industry leaders said, “coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” If we had the Democrats and Republicans working in unison on the problems of today, and there are many, we would have a much brighter outlook toward our country’s future. Henry Ford also said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” How true this is.

People agree and disagree on different things and this is good. But it seems in politics it's all about whose idea it was, Democrat or Republican, and the subject of the matter becomes lost. How ridiculous and childish the politicians have advanced to. They should remember Truman’s words and forget whose idea it is if it's good for the country.

So many politicians today forget what their task is as congressmen and Representatives. They are there working for the people. This should constantly be on their minds.

President Trump would do well to learn from President Andrew Jackson (1829-1837). His remarks were, “Fear not, the people may be deluded for a moment, but cannot be corrupted.” Not only Trump could learn from this but all our politicians could. Another past president, George Washington, said, “It is far better to be alone than to be in bad company.” Definitely Trump could learn from this as he has, according to the news reports, often befriended people that violated the law.

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It seems that Trump's tweets are constantly getting him into trouble. He tweets some of the most astounding things and denies saying them the next tweet. For a man that is president of the United States his actions are absurd. Maybe he believes, after saying it many times, that it is factual.

We have had, at least I like to think so, honest and hard-working politicians in the past, and in all fairness, still do today. We could not have progressed to such a glorious position that we are in without honest and forthright people.

Our country, the United States of America, is the greatest nation in the world. With all our freedoms and rights we will always remain that way in spite of some of the weak politicians in Washington. I will end this by saying to those that are weak that votes only on party lines and not their conscience, you are unworthy of your position.

“You miss a hundred percent of the shots you never take.” — Wayne Gretzky

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Charles F. Burdick is a lifelong resident of Grand Tower. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and then went on to a 42-year Maritime career including 35 years as Master Pilot. He has been retired for 23 years and enjoys local history and writing poetry.

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