What characterizes a great leader? Someone who can keep a bad situation from becoming seemingly unchangeable or unwinnable.
George Washington defeated a far superior military force with a ragtag army, many of whom went long periods without pay and sufficient food.
Abraham Lincoln held a divided and seemingly irreconcilable government together long enough to end slavery and win a bloody war between the states, sometimes pitting brother against brother.
FDR assured a nation mired in the worst Depression on record, "that the only thing we had to fear was fear itself." Then, he helped guide us to victory against not one but two great military powers on opposite sides of the world.
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Ronald Reagan became persistent during a period of double-digit inflation and interest rates and encouraged Congress to pass fiscal policy to create more jobs from 1980 to 1988 than any eight-year period in our history.
We now have a president who was just re-elected during the worst four-year economic period since that Great Depression who cannot lead us to cut 2.5 percent from increased spending over the past fiscal year.
Yes, we are going to spend more money next year than this year and yet his -- and the Democrats' -- insatiable appetite for spending cannot be controlled. President Barack Obama's lack of leadership and fear mongering is unconscionable. Where have all the leaders gone who have led us to victory in war and through a Depression?
Lucian M. Dawson
Sun City Hilton Head