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Forgetting

by RightHandMan

Yesterday was the anniversary of D-Day. Outside of some blogs (such as this one) there wasn’t much coverage. The Sunday morning news shows didn’t honor the day, there was little mention on the main news websites, the NBA Finals, and MLB baseball games didn’t recognize the day. Sadly, not even the President of the United States paid tribute to those men who died in Normandy. Have those men who stormed the beaches been honored too long?
We have become a nation of “right now” and indulgence. My generation and the generations after me haven’t been properly educated on major historical events in the last century. We’re too comfortable and secure for such things to occur to us. We couldn’t possibly have another World War! As we fail to learn from yesterday we journey down a road of tough lessons.

It is this forgetting that allows for the mistreatment of American troops.

We forget how men rushed a heavily fortified beach knowing their chances of survival were minimal only to save the world from a great evil. And why do we forget? Why do I open up a popular news site on the D-day anniversary only to see the happenings at the MTV Movie Awards? Apparently there was a lesbian kiss. This is our concern?

Years ago when I lived in Portland, OR I used to pick up an amazing lady by the name of Sasha and take her to our synagogue. Sasha had wonderful and terrible stories that she would share about her growing up in Poland in the middle of World War II. She had a picture on a table in her small apartment of her holding a gun, dressed in ragged fatigues – only a teenager. She lived under a bridge with a few other Jews for a while. Almost everyone in her community had been captured or killed. She was merely a survivor.

I remember looking at her pictures, hearing the stories and considering how different the world was. How could the world be so cruel and dangerous to a young woman and millions of other individuals? But we are forgetting and that makes way for people like Helen Thomas and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to spew their nonsense.

My grandpa was an officer in a missile squadron in Florida in 1962. During that time they went on the highest alert that America’s nuclear missiles have ever been on due to the Cuban Missile Crisis. He used to tell me stories about how he was convinced we were going to nuclear war with Russia. For 40 years Americans and many European nations lived with uncertainty as to what the USSR would do. School children were taught to hide under their desks. “The bomb” was a very real threat during the Cold War. But we have forgotten those fears and the tens of millions murdered by the communist regimes. This forgetting allows us to march down the same socialist paths that were trail blazed by Stalin and Lenin.

So what was the President doing that distracted him? Was he too busy with the gulf oil spill? Was he dealing with the Mideast fiasco? No. He was at a party. Surely, however, the President honored those fallen soldiers, right? No, but he did honor Desmond Tutu.

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  • Matt June 7, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    D-Day represents American greatness and bravery. It showed the time when freedom turned the tide against fascism. It is a time that Americans should take pride, and show gratitude towards those surviving vets that took part.

    Obama doesn't actually believe in American greatness. He doesn't feel proud of those men, or what they did. His America is a humbled and broken American. Observing D-Day is not part of that world view.

  • Right Hand Man June 7, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    I agaree Matt. He willingly forgets as Helen willingly forgets why Jews have their own home land. It fits their ideology to ignore history. So we will tear down our nation's aresenal, free market system, and moral compass because we've forgotten why they were put in place…and we will relearn the hard way.

  • John Carey June 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Very good post Right. People don't realize the path that socialism leads to. With progressives changing our history books and a President that lacks any understanding of America's exceptionalism, we are finding ourselves forgetting our past. And that is why we might just be doomed to repeat it.

  • Gorges Smythe June 7, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    The sad thing is that once greatness is lost, it's never regained. At least I can't think of any society in history that has re-emerged as a world power.

  • Right Hand Man June 7, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Gorges,

    Thanks for the comment.

    I suppose it depends on what you depend by greatness. There are many different ways to look at this. I'm sure Rome and Greece had their ups and downs prior to their climax. Germany reached their peak during the first World War, was stripped naked and rebuilt to nearly take over the world. Was France best with Kings or with a democracy? When did they reach their peak in greatness? Have we?

    My point is that we can surely take a turn back to our roots and prove that our climax has not yet been reached. Imagine a modern country running on the principles of our founders. What greatness could we achieve if we lived under those same principles? What if we still all looked at the moon and mockingly laughed at the distance? We still have that within us, we just need to reawaken that.

    During the Carter years most had the same lackluster pessimist view of our nation. That changed in the 80's and we hit a new peak in many areas. We can do that again – we're ripe for it. That is my optimistic approach.