Foss criticizes nation's apathy Medal of Honor Winner Joe Foss signs a copy of his book, Top Gun, for an admirer Friday afternoon shortly before Tom Brokaw spoke in Slagle Auditorium at USD. Seated next to Foss is W.O. Farber. by David Lias Don�t run to Joe Foss seeking sympathy if you are dissatisfied with the current state of affairs in government.
American citizens, by their own apathy, are responsible, in part, for the weaknesses in government.
People too often complain about their leaders, Foss told an audience of 500 people in Slagle Auditorium Friday evening, when they don�t even vote.
He and Tom Brokaw were keynote speakers at the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership conference titled �Citizenship, Leadership and Character: The WWII Generation to the Baby Boomers.�
Foss stood on the stage at the auditorium as a shining example of a man who has accomplished much in his 84 years by being involved.
He was governor of South Dakota from 1954 to 1958. He was commissioner of the American Football League when the first Super Bowl was organized, and served as president of the National Rifle Association from 1988 to 1990.
He may best be known as America�s top fighter pilot in World War II. He had 26 confirmed kills and received the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Foss said members of the audience should encourage young people to get involved in politics.
�It�s a fun business to be involved in our country,� he said.
He briefly talked about how the nation�s values seem to be changing.
These days, he noted, American kids can turn on a television and hear language and see things that clearly wouldn�t have been acceptable to adults of his generation.
His calls for higher moral standards and a return to traditional values drew repeated applause from the crowd in Slagle Auditorium.