First of all, let me say that I’m sure none of us takes pleasure in reading about, or discussing, the shortcomings of the President. Having said that, he provides ample fodder for negative review. I wish that were not so.

I wish the Afghanistan debacle and the Southern border disaster never happened, but they did.

I wish that in 2021 we had not had to import almost 9 million barrels of oil from 73 countries, but we did.

I wish he had not shut down the XL pipeline, but he did.

I wish we did not have rising crime rates in Democrat run cities, but we do.

I wish our reputation as a global leader were not eroding, but it is.

I wish he had not chosen a running mate who is not qualified and who has not proven that she can do the job. But he did.

I wish that 75% of us didn’t think the country is headed in the wrong direction, but we do.

I wish we could answer yes to Ronald Reagan’s question in his 1989 Farewell address. He said, “are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world ?”

That is a profound question and it deserves a resounding “yes.” But, are we?

So, alas, I end with a Scottish proverb: “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”

Charles Brendle

Pisgah Forest

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