Change Of Perspective
by Pete Ketcham
As I have observed the tremendous apposition and hate directed at President Trump, I had been convinced that never in the history of our country has a national leader or President ever been subjected to such multiple problems, hate, and political intrigue until I began reading the 2018 book “Valley Forge” by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin.
I had read about Valley Forge numerous times before, and was aware that George Washington and the continental army went through a tremendously difficult time, but did not realize how many political, logistic, and military hurdles George Washington had to overcome in order to emerge from Valley Forge with a viable army.
One could write many pages describing the tremendous sufferings of the individual soldiers, but in this article, I am attempting to show that George Washington went through a very similar experience that Trump is currently going through, but far worse. The following are some of the seemingly unsolvable problems that George Washington faced, anyone of which could have crushed the American Revolution:
1.Almost no food for the troops, the entire army on the verge of starving to death.
Unable to forage the surrounding country to obtain the necessary quantity of food. In addition to this the British sent out numerous successful foraging troops, striping the food supplies from the local farmers and buying wagon loads of supplies from the Loyalist population.
2. No replacement uniforms, leaving the troops without shoes, trousers tops and coats.
Soldiers standing almost naked in bloodied footprints freezing to death.
3. No adequate medical help, troops dying by the hundreds of rampant diseases associated with the unsanitary living conditions in the typical army camp of that era.
4. Soldiers deserting by the hundreds, and officers resigning.
5. Calvary and wagon horses dying by the hundreds due to lack of feed.
6. Repeated pleas by Washington to the congress for help with the horrendous problems the continental army faced, but no help came for a long period of time.
7. Political intrigue by general Gates and others as they attempted to discredit Washington, undercut his command, and replace him as commander. He was also undercut by the constant spying activities of citizens loyal to the Crown
8. The constant threat of a major attack by the British army “wintering” in Philadelphia,
Washington literally existed on the cusp of total disbandment of the entire continental army, which placed himself and the founding fathers in grave danger of being hunted down and executed as traitors to the Crown. By any and all logic Washington and the continental army should have perished, but miraculously survived to defeat the greatest army in the world at that time.
When I compare what President Trump is currently going through today, as to what our first president George Washington went through and survived, I am optimistic that we, with God’s help, can come out on top in this current battle to save our constitutional nation.
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