The Norman Transcript


June 12, 2011

The American Century



In the 20th century, science and religion coexisted without threatening God’s ability to create the world we inhabit. Not so today. Television then produced great ‘white paper’ documentaries, family programs and variety shows that included opera and the Beatles. Today adults watch less news, nonstop talk and Hollywood gossip, athletes with disgraceful behavior, cartoons, and slutty, stupid programs.

The end of the Cold War was supposed to usher in peace and prosperity and an end to nuclear holocaust. Today’s nuclear threat is scarier than ever. Rogue nations, unstable governments, unsecured weapons are more threatening than the darkest days of the ’60s and now, we’re in the middle of three wars. 

A nation of 300 million Americans needs leadership to remain a world leader. We need statesmen, well educated, thoughtful experienced individuals that other nations will respect. With a presidential election a year away, does anyone see Obama, Romney, Palin or any of the other weak cast of characters, in either party, comparable to Truman-, Eisenhower-, Reagan- and Roosevelt-style leaders who changed the course of history?

Surely we can do better.

Vince Orza is president and CEO of KSBI Channel 52 in Oklahoma City. He can be reached at

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