The buck stops here
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The buck stops here

     Harry S. Truman became President of the United States when Franklin Delano Roosevelt died during his fourth term as President.  This was during the time of World War II in the 1940s.  The new President accepted the grave and seemingly insurmountable task of leading the west to final victory over Germany, Japan, and Italy.  One of the admirable things about President Truman was that he didn’t play “the blame game.”  Instead, he added a change to the old expression:  “passing the buck” to “the buck stops here.”  This was to remind him of the fact that in the ultimate sense, any decisions he had to make as president was his responsibility.  During his tenure in the highest office in the land he kept a sign on his desk in the Oval Office, “The Buck Stops Here!

     Evidently the United States Congress saw a danger of someone serving as President more than two terms.  It passed the Twenty-second Amendment of the United States Constitution limiting the election to the office of President to two terms on March 21, 1947.  The amendment was ratified by the states on February 27, 1951.  This is a protection against the tendency of anyone serving in the highest office in the land having aspirations of becoming a dictator.  The United States, as a Republic, will survive as long as our constitution remains intact.  To ignore the constitution or to destroy it will be the end of the freedom that our forefathers handed down to us.

     Each and every one of us is responsible for our own actions and their consequences.  It is childish for someone to continually play “the blame game.” 

--Dub Mowery

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