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Gifts: from Little Boy to ISIS

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Arguably the greatest gifts we can give are, faith in ourselves, hope for our children's future, love for all, and a knowledge of our past which makes us wise enough not to repeat it.

Both Old and New Testaments begin with boring lists of who begat whom, without lascivious details or revealing selfies. So in this season of less Joy to the World, may I borrow holy template to offer some conceptual mapping from Over There left overs to O. K. Corral do over?

Denying the possibility that we were not invincible after all, an overwhelmed President Hoover and defeated Happy Warrior couldn't spare us October 29, 1929, nor its offspring: The Great Depression.

We needed a half-full glass mind-set, a broad smile and cigarette tipped heavenward for Happy Days Are Here Again.

For twelve years, Franklin Delano Roosevelt resuscitated America with alphabet agencies defying fear, even as the Greatest Generation went down to the sea in ships on a date which will live in infamy.

Left behind to finish, Missouri's Harry Truman harvested Einstein's Atomic Age and The Korean Conflict -- bequeathing the police action to WWII Supreme Commander Ike, to divide to conquer, as Commander-in-Chief, Dwight D. Eisenhower

Heart attacks behind him, Eisenhower hoisted Cold War and Nikita Khrushchev on younger shoulders: PT-Boat 109 Kennedy.

Gunned down after a thousand days, JFK's legacy: The Peace Corps, an isolated Cuba in a world saved from nuclear destruction -- and a Texan named Lyndon.

Creating Gulf of Tonkin fantasy, LBJ left behind a wall of Vietnam dead, a wounded America and John Kennedy's Civil Rights Act for Nixon's last stand.

More than the first, gate, Nixon left behind an unintentionally united Vietnam and intentional eighteen-minute gap in history -- but for the careening Ford -- an institutionalized neoconservative closed group of radical zealots.

Neither VP nor POTUS elected, Gerald Ford, left behind Nixon pardoned, and the link of Dulles brothers to Fritz Kraemer and Bush/Cheney.

Inheriting the malaise of elitists John Foster & brother Allen, the Nixon hit list and a stumbling Ex-Warren Commission member too cowardly to speak assassination truth to CIA power until death did us part -- Write It When I'm Gone-- Jimmy Carter, nonetheless left behind Camp David Middle East Peace Accords between Menachem Begin and Anwar El Sadat -- and in the sands of time, a failed attempt to rescue American hostages from Iran.

On January 20, 1981, "Ronnie" acquired Iran's 444 days of Americans held hostage. Tricking American voters, he cast himself as the hero riding in to save the day, just moments after ascending to 40th president.

Echoing the morals of a Nixon, Reagan left behind most Americans.

Advancing precedent setting Grenada, for pre-emptive nation invasions, President Reagan, after Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall, grandstanding on the back of a pope, left behind our 99% waiting for something to Trickledown -- meanwhile, mistakes were made.

CIA tainted by the blood of Dallas, read my lips George H. W. Bush presuming a twice elected Reagan rerun, checked his watch once too often and retired to jumping out of planes, leaving behind a stabilized Iraq in the hands of Saddam Husain villainy, until relative neo-con punched his ticket.

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