Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson
By Jim Thompson
HCP columnist


George Herbert Walker Bush likely had the most impressive resume for a president in the last 120 years. A naval aviator in World War II, he was elected to Congress in 1966, after completing his education at some of the most prestigious schools in the country.

Between World War II and Congress, he had been a successful businessperson. President Richard M. Nixon appointed him as ambassador to the United Nations in 1971 and chairman of the National Republican Committee in 1973.

In 1974, President Gerald Ford appointed him chief of the Liaison Office to China, and in 1976, he became director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

He served as vice president for President Ronald Reagan from 1981-89, when he became president of the United States, the first incumbent vice president to be elected president since Martin Van Buren in 1836.

He navigated the final years of the Cold War and played a key role in the unification of Germany. He kicked Iraq out of Kuwait.

Then, in 1992, he was defeated for reelection by an interesting character from Arkansas, who capitalized on Bush reneging on a promise to not increase taxes.

Sometimes, it is hard to determine when the idea of a divorce starts; in this case, it is not. The presidential election of 1992 ushered in the age of the baby boomers in high office.

These are the people, who as teenagers in the late 1960s, nearly tore the country apart. Now, they were of an age, their early 40s, where they had attained the offices and amassed the power to really tear the country apart.

The sun set on the World War II generation, and the country moved on to the “anything goes” crowd. Morality became whatever feels good, and ethics were out the window. The new measurement of truth and values became “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is' is.”

Since then, respect for the traditions of the country were gone, and the idea of valuing principles depending on “What’s in it for me?” became the mantra.

Since that time, one person has come along who has tried amazingly and nobly to right the ship.

One person who remembers how things used to be and has done a heroic job of trying to get us back on the straight and narrow. He has been lambasted and falsely accused of all sorts of things.

His name is President Donald J. Trump.

“The anything goes” crowd has spent over four years trying to knock him off, and they just may have done it with likely the most fraudulent election in our history.

So, how should we react to this divorce that started in 1992?

Well, I have been divorced in real life. Unlike our national divorce, I cannot tell you when it started (and it occurred at my initiative). I have a piece of paper that tells me when it was finalized. Yet, I still pray for my former spouse. The Bible tells us to do the same for our leaders.

In 1st Peter, Chapter 2, Verse 17, it says: “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”

Who was the emperor when Peter wrote this? Nero.

Nero was tarring Christians, impaling them alive on poles and lighting them off like tiki torches.

As a nation, we may be divorced from one another, but our Christian duty is to pray for one another. You might want to remember this column when I, your humble columnist, get excited about politics in our country.

Despite my passion, I need to remember the words of Peter, and you may need to remind me of them.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He may be reached at jthompson@taii.com.