Has there ever been a peacetime "America First" program that worked as intended by the president who proposed it? You've got to be substantially pre-millennial to have witnessed it, but such a lofty goal was accomplished during my lifetime.
That president was also elected in a squeaker which many people believe resulted from electoral mischief and injustice in an era when the nation was extremely divided over social issues and was living on the brink of WWIII. Some of the numerous byproducts of the plan included the creation of countless quality jobs, a boom in technology and industry, unquestionable national heroes, global prestige and national unity.
It should be noted that some of the approving comments to my original 2/22/11 publication of this commentary came from readers who were otherwise critical of my unswerving Obama-bashing.