George H.W. Bush: Presidential Passing Of The Greatest Generation
Published : December 7, 2018
On Monday, Bush became the 12th President to be laid in state in the U.S. Capitol Building Rotunda. Surrounded by eight beautiful paintings of the American republic’s history from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the baptism of Pocahontas, President Bush’s Capitol ceremony reminded Americans of the exceptionalness of the Republic and the sacrifice given by so many brave and valiant members of the United States military.
Thousands and thousands of Americans from California to Maine paid homage to President Bush as they walked by his U.S. flag-draped coffin to give their final respects. This included one young Boy Scout who went up to the coffin, and in deep respect, stood at attention saluting the president for a long minute.
The moment that grabbed hearts profoundly was when 95-year-old former presidential candidate Senator Bob Dole, also recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star during World War II, was shown being assisted out of his wheelchair. Dole stood at attention and saluted his fellow World War II brother one last time.
During April 1945, Second Lieutenant Robert Joseph Dole, of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, was fighting to liberate Italy from the Nazis. Badly wounded by German machine gunfire in his upper back and right arm, the medics thought Dole would never survive his devastating wounds. But he did and went on to serve his country in Washington D.C., only one step away from being president of the United States.
During September 1944, Lieutenant George Herbert Walker Bush, of the U.S. Navy’s Torpedo Squadron 51, was fighting to liberate Asia from the Imperial Japanese and was shot down over the Japanese island of Chichijima. Bush was rescued and went on to serve his country with dignity, becoming president of the United States.
The passing of President Bush is the passing of a great generation, several of whom became presidents. From Dwight Eisenhower to George Bush, all of these men served during World War II.
Studies show that the millennial generation is quite ignorant of American history and is sadly attracted to socialism and big government activity. There was a day when both Democrat and Republican WWII veterans and presidents fought the tyranny of big governments and the soul-destroying effects of socialism. Whether it was the tyrannical governments of national socialism, Soviet socialism, Cuban socialism, Chinese socialism, and Korean socialism, America’s youth must be taught the destruction of life and liberty socialism brings. This must be taught in addition to the brilliance of the American founders’ constitutional republic and their ideas of a limited federal government over the sovereignty of the people. As this great WWII generation fades away, Americans must capture the hearts of the young generation on whose shoulders the American republic’s survival will soon rest.