Most people know I am essentially A-Political. I am not particularly fond of politicians, but under pressure I admitted my favorite is Harry S. Truman. This is Mostly because of his courage to do what had to be done in time of war, and he made no apologies for it, his famous saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out the kitchen,” and my favorite, “The buck stops here.” I know of no one prior or post Truman with his wit and courage. Here is another one:
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” Harry S. Truman
Others since President Truman have given lip service to such statements, but none have actually practiced them. I feel certain that President Truman knew fear, but he refused to succumb to the fear mentioned in Joshua that is dismaying, meaning to be disabled or paralyzed by fear, a fear that prevents action. Harry had served in WWI with honor as what he called a “Grunt” soldier and knew about war from the foot soldiers perspective and thus his commitment to winning. He was the last of that breed in leadership.
President Truman took war seriously.
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
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