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Reader's view: Trump leading U.S. backward

From 1900 to 1945, we as a nation chose isolation and neutrality. That ended in debris and bloodshed. President Harry S. Truman was the first to pivot and endorsed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill challenge when he said, "The price of greatness is responsibility." He saw nothing but problems as far as the eye could see.

The problem pile of today is different than the problems of the mid-1950s, but I'm afraid we've lost the will to lead. British Prime Minister Theresa May and our President Donald Trump are both moving their ships of state away from responsibility and into a false sense of security; 128 countries recently registered their disapproval of our desire to lose our status as broker when Trump unilaterally decided to move our embassy to Jerusalem. Couple that decision with his disconnect on climate and his desire to break with our allies over the Iran Nuclear Deal. Prime Minister May's decision to leave the European Union is another example of going it alone.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is jumping for joy as he prepares to move into the space we're vacating. His clandestine efforts at muddling with our election process are bearing fruit.

Trump should stop building walls, breaking important alliances, and moving us backward in time. He should be building platforms. He should take a break from his Twitter efforts and read what President Franklin Roosevelt said in 1932 when confronted with massive unemployment. He said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

I hold dear to my heart the words Neil Armstrong said when he first stepped on the moon. He said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." He had his eye on the windshield, whereas Trump has his on the rearview mirror.

Dave Griffin