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All But Forgotten


Seventy-five years ago this week, the Japanese military caught America literally with its pants down.  In an unprovoked attack, Japanese warplanes swooped into an unsuspecting US military constellation at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Not only were ships and planes destroyed in the three-phase attack, thousands upon thousands of American service personnel and innocent civilians lost their lives.  It was what then President Franklin D. Roosevelt would describe as “a day of infamy“.  And it thrust the United States into World War II.

The American people of today will find little reference to the attack on Pearl Harbor in the history books used to teach our children about this great land known as the United States of America.  And don’t look for any effort on the part of modern Americans to all band together to help with the war effort like they did as this nation fought not only in the Pacific, but assisting our allies on the European front.  Those who were involved in that effort, whether fighting men and women or simple Americans back home all contributing what they could to the war effort, only a few still live to recall those days of horror and gratification.

American today isn’t the America of the World War II era.  Americans today are too selfish and too self-centered to be willing to work together to make our nation strong again.  Too many think this country owes them something, and they haven’t any problem using the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans to try to shove it down the throats of anyone unlike them.  Even more distressing are those who think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, and are working to destroy the democracy so many good American men and women fought and died to preserve.  They demand socialism in America, or Communism.  That’s because they don’t want to have to get up off their dead asses and work for anything; they want everything hand to them on the proverbial “silver platter“, completely free of charge.  Never mind their demands will have to be paid for by others; others who probably can’t afford it because they’re being taxed to death by a government more interested in kissing up to special interest groups than they are serving the needs of the nation and satisfying the will of the people.

Frankly speaking, most Americans today ought to be ashamed of themselves.  They are a discredit not only to the nation they think has to pay their way, but to their parent, grand-parents and other relatives long before them.  Sometimes it just makes me want to puke!

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