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Today is December 7th.

 

71 years ago, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred, triggering the United States entry into World War 2.

 

71 years ago, Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor.  The skies were filled with acrid smoke from flaming warships and burning planes. 

 

Within three hours, the attack was over. 

 

Three and a half years later, Pearl Harbor was avenged as a defeated Japan surrendered to American forces in Tokyo Bay.

 

While many remember Pearl Harbor still to this day, many Americans are today clueless about what happened on that Sunday morning so long ago.

 

Time has passed.  For those who survived Pearl Harbor, they had lives to live.  Many of those lives would be cut short in the upcoming war.  Most would live on to see America’s victory and the post war era.

 

Time eventually makes wars fade.  Japan our one time nemesis is now one of our closest allies.  Those young men who fought on warships that day are now mostly gone.  Along with them most of the greatest generation has now passed as well.

 

In Hawaii, the signs of the attack are mostly gone.  If you go to Hickman field, there are still hangers standing from that day that still have bullet holes in them.   On one side of Ford Island is a battleship built to help bring Japan to her knees.

 

USS Missouri is today a tourist attraction.  Two other ships remain from the attack on Pearl Harbor.  The USS Arizona quietly rusts.  Her hull is the tomb for 1100 sailors and marines.  Oil still bleeds from her hull.  On the other side of Ford Island, almost unknown is the wreck of USS Utah.  Utah was a former battleship that had been converted into a target ship.  Mistaken for an aircraft carrier, Japanese planes swarmed it.  Utah capsized and became the final resting place for 31 sailors.

 

Today, very few remember Pearl Harbor.  Even the children of December 7th, those who remain are in their eighties.

 

Japan attacked America on that day because they believed they could.  Japan believed they could either defeat America or at least make America sue for peace on favorable terms to Japan.

 

As we remember those who fell on that bright Sunday morning so long ago, we must also remember the lesson of Pearl Harbor.  America cannot afford to be weak nor can we afford to look weak.

 

Contrary to what the left thinks, preparing for war does cause war.  No nation launches a war against a nation it believes will defeat it.   A strong nation and a strong military guarantees peace.

 

If you are fortunate enough to still have a member of the greatest generation in your family, take a moment tonight or this weekend to spend some time with them.   Most of the generation that saved the world from tyranny are now gone.

 

In only a few more years, none will be left. 

 

Then, it will be up to history to remember Pearl Harbor.

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If history has to remember Pearl Harbour then it is doomed to be forgotten as fewer students study history and history teachers/professors are amongst those who abohr war, the military and much of that which makes us great.

It saddens my heart to know that our American children are not being taught American history in the sense to be proud of who we are and what we've accomplished.  I took a history class about 15 years ago and was appalled that it spoke of socialism and communism as a major factor in forming our union.  It also said little about our heroes, and pointed out any faults it could find to degrade them.  I have looked for a high school history book from the 50's and have been unsuccessful, so far, to find one.  I was 2 1/2 months old when Pearl Harbor was attacked and my mother would talk about their fears, as they hear many rumors about San Francisco being attacked, etc.  She and my father knew that he would be called into service, and he was, but was discharged just before leaving on the bus to overseas duty, as mom had become deathly ill and they didn't think she was going to make it.  My sister had been born by then, and dad would have been left with two babies.  God intervened and kept them through those hard times and two more daughters later.  They are both gone now, and sorely missed.  We have museaum in Granbury that has recorded many stories from military men and women of those days.  God bless America.

Our Education system has been take over by the enemies of the constitution.(Liberals).

They don't teach history they rewrote it to teach falsehoods.

All the college kids know who che guevara is though. They wear shirts with him on it.

Makes me feel like belting them when I see them.

They teach them to hate their own country. This has been going on for so long we now have a devout MARXIST in the White House.

We have to save our children from the Government Education System.

Trusting caesar to teach our children only turns them into loyal subjects and robs them of free thinking.

Dept. of RE-EDUCATION has to GO. It is a tool of the enemies of the constitution.

The E.P.A. is an enemy to the FREE MARKET SYSTEM.

Capitalism is a word made up by MARX and has been said so much it is embedded in our heads. Just as DEMOCRACY is. We are not a Democracy we are (Supposed to be) a REPRESENTATIVE REPUBLIC.

We no longer are. We are ruled by a central government composed of TYRANTS.

Just as founders warned us of. Keep your eyes open and don't let them usurp the constitution.

We got lazy and let them do it. It's up to us older folks to restore our liberty or the thought will be lost.

We have a POTUS that couldn't even be vetted for the job because of his radical ties and not one of our guardians of liberty have stood up to it.

Now he is ruining our currency and destroying the middle class. His goal is to put us all on our knees.

He is also destroying every small business he can and uses his agents to terrorize us into submission.

Our government is no longer 'We the People". It has become UNCONSTITUTIONAL and must be refounded.

History shows that tyrants will not cede ruling the people without first trying to put them in line through violence.

Why do we submit our freedom so easily? Everything this Potus does weakens this country. It's obvious to anyone who's not in denial that he does this on PURPOSE.

He HATES US. We need some REAL SERIOUS civil disobedience or this country is done. Obama will make sure of that.

I never feared my government but now it scares me more than any enemy we've had to confront in my or my fathers lifetime.

 

Very inspiring words Phil. Have you any ideas to confront these forces and not be labeled an enemy of the US and the POTUS? Or Racist and just put away as a psycho.

I am called all those things but I will NEVER shut up.

I have suggested such acts of civil disobedience such as e-mails to washington that simply state.

"You no longer have my consent"

Amongst other things. Nobody ever seems to pick up on it though.

I've thought of having my own site but what's most important is reaching the youth with truth.

I posted this on "The Great Obama Depression" this morning. Marching on DC won't change Obama. He must be forced to change. For example, if, at least a majority of small businesses across the country shut down under protest over the anti-small business atmosphere in DC and demanded that ObamaCare be revoked and that anti-small business legislation (including Dodd-Frank) be also revoked and a balanced budget amendment gets passed and signed into law - THAT MIGHT WORK. What can the government do with hundreds of thousands of shut down small businesses. Calling out the National Guard won't help. Threatening just about anything won't help. The country would be crippled - no fuel, no food, no transportation of goods and services - and Obama would be blamed if he refused to bend to the demands of the millions of people who own and operate small businesses which are the lifeblood of our nation - not Wall Street.

Now start thinking about how we can organize something like that.

Why are you deleting my post on this blog yet letting it stay on "The Great Obama Depression"

By the way, I am a Vietnam vet, Navy Lieutenant, with 225 combat missions flying F-4 Phantom Jets from the USS KittyHawk in 68-69 and 70-71. I honor all active duty, veterans and military acknowledgement days and holidays. There are a number of respondents to this blog who appear to be in various stages of despair due to the Marxist in the White House and a Congress that only cares about themselves. That is why I posted the following. We need to think outside the box as to how we regain control of fiscal and legislative sanity. It must be something drastic that does not include weapons as too many innocents would be killed. Nothing but drastic measures will get the attention of Obama and Congress.

Marching on DC won't change Obama. He must be forced to change. For example, if, at least a majority of small businesses across the country shut down under protest over the anti-small business atmosphere in DC and demanded that ObamaCare be revoked and that anti-small business legislation (including Dodd-Frank) be also revoked and a balanced budget amendment gets passed and signed into law - THAT MIGHT WORK. What can the government do with hundreds of thousands of shut down small businesses. Calling out the National Guard won't help. Threatening just about anything won't help. The country would be crippled - no fuel, no food, no transportation of goods and services - and Obama would be blamed if he refused to bend to the demands of the millions of people who own and operate small businesses which are the lifeblood of our nation - not Wall Street.

Now start thinking about how we can organize something like that.

I would like to thank you on behalf of my family and myself for your service to our country.

You keep deleting it - I'll keep putting it back.

Marching on DC won't change Obama. He must be forced to change. For example, if, at least a majority of small businesses across the country shut down under protest over the anti-small business atmosphere in DC and demanded that ObamaCare be revoked and that anti-small business legislation (including Dodd-Frank) be also revoked and a balanced budget amendment gets passed and signed into law - THAT MIGHT WORK. What can the government do with hundreds of thousands of shut down small businesses. Calling out the National Guard won't help. Threatening just about anything won't help. The country would be crippled - no fuel, no food, no transportation of goods and services - and Obama would be blamed if he refused to bend to the demands of the millions of people who own and operate small businesses which are the lifeblood of our nation - not Wall Street.

Now start thinking about how we can organize something like that.

Innocents may not be killed if someone assassinates Obama. No other way will succeed if we are to get rid of the evil, Marxist, socialist, Muslim. We need thousands of people to storm the White House and get it done. Pearl Harbor might not have happened if Roosevelt had not been so afraid of appearing to be a warmonger to the public.Our defenses in Hawaii and the Phillipines should have been on full alert 24 hrs. a day. By the way, my dad is 88 and was in the Battle of the Bulge. Most of his company were captured by the Germans, taken out in a field, and shot dead. Thankfully, he escaped running for days into a forest.

I am fortunate to be the son of an Army officer who served in the Pacific during WW II. During our time together, he shared many memories of Pearl Harbor, (although he was still stateside at that time,) as well as his service, predominantly in the Phillipines in the war's latter stages. These memories piqued my interest in the Pacific War and spurred me to read many historical accounts of Pearl, Midway, Coral Sea, Leyte Gulf, Okinawa and others I'm sure I'm forgetting.

With respect to Pearl Harbor, I would recommend one particular account, Gordon Prange's, "At Dawn We Slept." It's a rather detailed view into the run up to, attack on, and aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor. It's definitely NOT light reading, but if you really want detail, it's all there.

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