Random thought: the tragedy of missed opportunities

Moments when this country could have made epic and positive changes – but didn’t.

President Andrew Johnson –  He entered the White HOuse following Lincoln’s assassination. He had utter disdain for the emerging Reconstruction policy, stopped it and led with is own bigotry.  The legacy of slavery wasn’t addressed again until the mid-20th century (Truman to Johnson).

GW Bush – Following 9/11, just eight months into his presidency, George Bush had a nation that would have followed its president anywhere, risen to any challenge. He had a chance to give us a ‘go to the moon’ challenge and the US could have begun a journey to lead the world in alternative energy technology (not instead of Afghanistan; the efforts could have been side by side).

Obama – He walked into office on a day when the nation would have enthusiastically gotten behind a call for vast reform of the financial industry, the  tax codes and a stronger regulatory structure. But he didn’t. Stimulus was the right thing to do, but it stopped short. And in the financial industry at least, it reenforced the bad behaviors that led to the meltdown.

4 responses to “Random thought: the tragedy of missed opportunities

  1. And Obama could have returned the nation to the rule of law.

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  2. Too painful to consider…think JFK. Also the candidates that lost – Adlai Stevenson, Hillary Clinton; the candidates that won – Richard Nixon, George W. How individual people change the path of history.

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    • When I think of individuals who changed this country – in our era, the Dulles brothers (Allan and John Foster) were the most significant I think. They practically created the ‘national security state’.

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