After nearly a decade, America had grown tired of fighting overseas. The economy was suffering through stagnant growth, crippling inflation and endless unemployment lines. America was eager for a change in Washington and so bought into the Democratic Party promises that things would be different under its leadership.
But things didn't get better, despite the president's efforts and his party's control of both houses of Congress. Inflation got worse, unemployment continued to cripple the nation, and the economy headed back into recession.
Worse yet, the president turned his back on foreign affairs. The Middle East erupted into chaos, and Muslims everywhere demanded an overthrow of dictatorial regimes in the region. The president opted not to intervene, essentially supporting ousting of the regimes. The results were disastrous, not just for the people of the Middle East, but for the entire world.
The new Muslim-extremist leadership vowed to wipe Israel off the map and take America down with it. The U.S. Embassy was attacked, and the region showed increasing instability. Still the president stood by and did nothing, which effectively ruined his re-election chances.
That was 1980. Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Mountain Top, Pa.
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