ELDER PATRIOT – President Obama is neither a student of history or of human nature. He proved as much when he planned this week’s trip to Japan to coincide with America’s celebration of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day was specifically designated as a holiday so that we may have time to reflect on the role that the American soldier has played in securing and protecting our freedoms. From Concord to Valley Forge to Gettysburg to Normandy to Okinawa our military has consistently been on the right side of history, a fact that the racist narcissistic bastard who now inhabits the White House has steadfastly refused to acknowledge.
He deliberately scheduled his visit for America’s Memorial Day weekend and one week before the seventy-second anniversary of D-Day. He purposely chose to stand before the survivors of a nuclear attack that would prevent him from extolling the valor and bravery of the American soldier. He could’ve scheduled this trip any time but he chose this weekend. Why?
The reason should be obvious. Obama has used his presidency to degrade the U.S. military in every imaginable way. Yesterday was no exception.
Even as we fight five wars in the Middle East our military’s manpower is less than at any time sine before WW II. Likewise, the materiel they depend on is dated and rusting.
He has forced the military to accept women and openly gay soldiers in forward combat positions purposely degrading the strength and esprit de corps that is so critical to carrying out combat missions with the highest degree of success and the smallest number of casualties.
In Hiroshima, Obama used the occasion to demean the spiritual anchor that sustains our soldiers in combat, their belief that a just God will be looking out for them. For reasons only known to him, he felt compelled to say, “How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause. Every great religion promises a pathway to love and peace and righteousness, and yet no religion has been spared from believers that have claimed their faith has a license to kill.”
This Memorial Day, as we gather with friends and family, we can instead choose to remember and reflect on the words of a great president. Ronald Reagan speaking to “the boys of Pointe du Hoc,” survivors on fortieth anniversary of D-Day, inspired us all with these words:
“Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith, and belief; it was loyalty and love.
The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.”
As Americans can take comfort that next year at this time the disgraceful President Obama will be reduced to a bad memory.