Day of Infamy: A Lesson And A Challenge
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
personal journey to becoming a conservative began at Pearl Harbor. My
philosophy on politics had its birth on the morning of December 7th,
It was a beautiful Sunday morning in Paradise when ......... ......... .........
8 AM, (70) years ago today, the Japanese swooped in, out of a brilliant
blue sky over Hawaii, and bombed the port of Pearl Harbor to
smithereens. Much of the muscle of our Navy was destroyed
midday, over 2,400 Americans were dead, 1,200 more wounded, seven of our
finest, largest, and most powerful warships were bombed, torpedoed,
and sunk --at anchor in the harbor -- while even more were damaged, over
300 American aircraft were bombed, strafed, and destroyed or damaged --
while still on the ground -- and a plethora of other ships and military
facilities were either damaged or wiped-out completely.
days after the Pearl Harbor attack, Italy and Germany declared war on
the United States. German submarine attacks commenced on American
shipping in the Atlantic. Germans found easy pickings off our East Coast
cities at night, as the blaze of city lights silhouetted merchant
… within the coming weeks, American and British bases and
territories throughout the Pacific fell -- Guam, Wake Island, the
Philippines, Singapore, and others (fell). For our nation, each week brought a fresh defeat.” SOURCE: http://www.eagletribune.com/opinion/x2120612176/Editorial-Day-of-Infamy-was-crucible-that-proved-nations-strength/print
It was a terrifying time.
I was seven months old.
the next four years, as my consciousness grew, I became aware of all
the activity around me. I saw soldiers in uniform. I saw my grandmother
crying when the telegram came that her baby boy had been "Killed in
Action" somewhere in Europe.
And finally, I remember guns being
fired into the air, people running through the streets of our little
South Carolina town, hugging and kissing each other. I remember folks
saying: “It’s over!” And it was. But it left an indelible mark on my
family and an even deeper mark on me.
Those first 4 years of my
life, the formative years, were experienced under intense stress. I
learned the cost of war right from the beginning stages of my life. I
lost one uncle, in Belgium (the Ancestral homeland) another was machine
gunned through both thighs and lay in a freezing stream in France, all
night, until American troops found him the next morning. The icy water
of that frozen stream saved his life. He suffered ”shell-shock”
(referred to as "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" today) the remainder of
his life. A summertime thunderstorm became an instant German artillery
barrage. He would race for cover. The flashbacks were ever with him.
of my family were in the Pacific fighting the Japanese. They, too, came
home with stories of Japanese Kamikaze planes hitting their ships and,
in one case, finding the pilot alive. For whatever reason, the plane
with the bomb attached, did not explode.
When we could get those
veterans to talk, which was not often, I was spellbound by the stories
of their experience. I soaked it up like a sponge.
You see, I
learned, both from personal experience, and the second hand experience
of my family members, who were in the hell of the Second World War, what
war really is. And, I learned that you have no choice when the enemy
brings the war to your doorstep, you must fight back, and you must
prevail, no matter the cost.
I don’t suffer fools lightly. My
generation shares that quality. Today we have people in our government
who are advocating a policy of retreat for the United States in our war
against terrorists in the Middle East. It does not seem to matter to
those folks that an enemy, which has brought war to our shores, will not
quit, and go home, just because we do. They will follow us back to our
own country and continue to wage war against us here... in our land.
the United States listened to the “doves” after Pearl Harbor, I would
most likely be writing this missive in German rather than English. It
was that serious then, and it is that serious now.
So, as we
think, today, of the men and women who gave everything they had,
including their lives, to insure that you and I would have a free
country, let us think of the men and women serving today for the same reason.
On December 7th, 1941 the Japanese, and the Germans, wanted nothing less than the conquest of the world.
But there is yet another war raging in America today,
even as I pen these few words. It is a quiet insurrection. The
socialist are pressing their advantage in our government toward their
ultimate goal of a Socialist/Marxist America.
Since that fateful day, 72 years ago, much has changed about America. Americans themselves have changed. Seventy-two
tears ago Americans knew what freedom was/is. They understood its
value. They inherently understood that it must be protected and insured
for the generations to come. There was no question they would fight.
Monday morning, December 8th, 1941, and the week(s) that followed, long
lines of young men, and some not so young, formed up at the doors of
military recruiting offices. Some lines were many city blocks long.
All over this nation, Americans stepped up ready, willing, and eager to
“do their part” to stop the evil that threatened their beloved country
-- and the world.
They joked with each other, while in line, of what they would, personally,
do to the enemy. But beneath the laughter and the irreverent exterior,
deep down inside each one of them, lay the cold determination to fight
and win, the icy resolve to do whatever it took to protect his home and
hearth, and yes, there was that flicker of fear that every man feels
when he deliberately lays his future, indeed, his life, on the alter of
It cannot be argued they were anything less than patriots.
They fought a war that wrapped around the globe. In four years they fought and won a global war! Today we wage wars for ten or twelve years, without winning, and finally drag our exhausted troops home.
As I said above, America has changed—Americans have changed.
most dangerous enemy today is a domestic movement to fundamentally
change America from a constitutional representative republic to a
socialist dung heap. And the socialists are winning.
desperately needs men and women of the caliber of those men who formed
up outside recruiting offices on December 8th, 1941.
nation is under attack. Our freedom is under attack, our privacy is
under attack. Our constitution, itself, is under attack. We, as a
county, are in every bit as much danger as we were on the Sunday morning
in December of 1941. But the enemy is not swooping in from some blue,
sun bright, sky. No. They are already among us, in the top echelons of
More to be feared is the enemy within, than the enemy without.
was once a nation of lions. Now American sheep are in abundance while
there is a decided dearth of lions. One could even say: There is an acute insufficiency of leadership for the sheep.
There is no longer time for debate. That can come, if necessary, later. Now we must be about saving The Republic.
few of the veterans of that global war are still with us today. How
their hearts must ache to witness how easily their progeny has allowed
America to fall within the grasp of the Socialists/Marxists.
have to ask yourself… as an American… are you going to stand down,
ground your weapon, and allow this evil from the deepest, darkest,
depths of hell, to take your country? That is the question all Americans must ask themselves.
Men and Women (Caps Intentional) of 1941 had to ask themselves the same
question. We had better thank Almighty God they answered in the
Today, we honor them for it. But they will tell you,
those who survive to this day, that there was no real question about
what the people of America would do. It was simply understood that
freedom was far too precious to allow the forces of evil to take it from
us. And so they marched forth to stop it and preserve this country for
you and me. And they did!
We can never thank them enough. Not only did they save America, they saved the world!
we, as Americans, prepared to give up our freedom today after that
generation gave so much of their blood to preserve it for us?
pray to God that America will finally awaken to the danger that
threatens us and take the painful steps, whatever they might be, to
preserve this country, and again, the world.
We have one year
until we go to the polls again. Make no mistake: This is the LAST
chance we have to save our constitution, our republic, our freedom, and
our liberty. We MUST purge our government of the Socialists and
Marxists who are determined to remake America into a communist utopia.
anniversary of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor should serve as a
reminder that those who went before us knew not only the value of
freedom, and the cost of freedom, they were willing to pay the price for
freedom for you and me. And they did it in that which is dearer than any treasure -- their blood.
the face of their sacrifice -- for us -- are we really prepared to give
it all away to the elitist tyrants now in charge of our government?
© J. D. Longstreet