Many Americans have forgotten or don't even really know about what happened that day. Oh, there will be a little mention in the news, but not much, and even our churches will to a large degree not even recognize the events that took place. Since our teaching of history has become governed by political correctness, it's almost as if today we see our enemies as friends and our friends as enemies.
The United States survived that horrific conflict through courage, hard work and determination, and through belief in God. We knew that our cause was "just and a must" if the world was to avoid being put under the chains of despotism and tyranny. And we also knew that with the end of war must come a compassionate dealing with our former foes, an approach which resulted in one of the all time great rebuilding efforts in history. America led the way by returning both Germany and Japan to ultimate prosperity and, in so doing, we made the world a safer and freer place while developing two new world allies as well. In that instance we learned of the mistakes of the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I and the folly of totally blaming the enemy for everything that went wrong.
Today, however, we seem to have extended our compassion into an operating strategy that in the end not only is really not compassionate but is downright dangerous. In many ways we have alienated our friends while trying to build "relationships" with those who would do us harm. It's hard for me to understand the value of entering into agreements with people who time and again publicly display their desire to destroy us as a society, yet that's what we do. And the lack of appropriate security of our borders and the elimination of reasonable requirements for immigration results in a nearly wide open door to national disaster. At the same time, we seem to think that we can go it alone without the moral guidance and love of a God who is ultimately the One who has blessed us with so much. Never before in history has a major world power relinquished its power, principles and beliefs to such a degree and caused self-inflicted wounds of this magnitude.
One of the reasons that Pearl Harbor took place was the huge military cutbacks following World War I. When real American leadership and strength falters, a power vacuum quickly exists and Hitler and his ally Tojo quickly saw a golden opportunity. Today we have even gone beyond that, for in addition to creating a vacuum we have literally sent the message that we have no intention of leading the world. I truly believe that the consequences of this, if our position doesn't change and change fast, will be dire.
So while we honor the souls of those who died on this day under such tragic conditions over seventy-years ago today, as well as all of those who died in the ensuing conflict, we also must recall history and learn from it. Remember, America, history does repeat itself and God help us if and when it does. Let's speak up for America and demand that she be kept strong and free. Otherwise, the torch of freedom that she so strongly represents will be extinguished and likely to never return. The American Experiment: let's keep it alive.
God bless you all and God bless the United States of America, for she is truly our home, sweet home.