Category Archives: Patriotism

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Sneak Attack on Pearl Harbor: A Day of Infamy

It was seventy-four years ago today, December 7, 1941, at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian Time. 353 Japanese fighter planes, bombers, and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers, attacked without warning. attacked the United States Navy at Pearl Harbor, damaging eight battleships and sinking four of them, and  killing 2,403 Americans and wounding 1,178.

They also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, one minelayer, and 188 American aircraft.

pearl harbor newspaper

Because the attack was a surprise and the Americans were completely unprepared, the Japanese Empire only lost 29 aircraft and five midget submarines; and 64 of them were killed. One Japanese sailor,Kazuo Sakamaki, was captured.

All American battleships but the Arizona were later raised, and six were returned to service and went on to fight in the war.

The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan on December 7, 1941 was the immediate cause of the United States’ entry into World War II.


Remember Our 1st Amendment this D-Day

The D-Day we remember was 71 year ago today.

The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, led to the liberation of France from Nazi control, and contributed to the Allied victory.


Let us never forget that day.

D-Day 1944 US Army Troops Wade Ashore at Normandy
D-Day 1944 US Army Troops Wade Ashore at Normandy

The Allies had deliberately mislead the Germans about when and where the main invasion was going to be, so the primary German defenses were elsewhere. Nevertheless, the Allies were met with extremely serious resistance as they waded ashore from their landing craft on the day we now know as D-Day.

The weather was bad, but postponing the invasion would have meant a delay of at least two weeks. The tide and even the phase of the moon had to be right, so only a few days each month were suitable.

24,000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops landed shortly after midnight. Amphibious landings began at 6:30 am. The beach was mined and covered with barbed wire and other obstacles to hinder invasion.

Special tanks, nicknamed Hobart’s Funnies, had been designed just for this day. They were needed to deal with conditions expected during the campaign, including scaling seawalls and providing support on the beach.

D-Day Preparation Meeting Supreme Command, Allied Expeditionary Force, London, February 1, 1944
D-Day Preparation Meeting Supreme Command, Allied Expeditionary Force, London, February 1, 1944

Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery first saw the plan on December 31, 1943. It proposed landing on May 1, 1944, with three divisions and two more standing by. Both Generals immediately insisted all five divisions take part in the invasion, with airborne support by three additional divisions. More landing craft had to be built, so the invasion was delayed until June 6.

D-Day German troops using captured French tanks (Beutepanzer) in Normandy, 1944
D-Day German troops using captured French tanks (Beutepanzer) in Normandy, 1944

Eventually, over a million American, British, Canadian, Polish, and French troops were committed to the Battle of Normandy. There were about 1,000 German casualties that first D-Day. There were at least 10,000 Allied casualties with 4,414 confirmed dead.

It is almost trite to say these men fought and died for our freedom. But they did. Without their sacrifice, many of us would never have been born and the rest would be speaking German. Not only in the US, but probably worldwide. It was the biggest war ever fought, and it could have easily gone the other way.

Nazi Germany was an aggressive, technological war machine.

Hitler’s Nazi forces had already overrun France and most of Europe and were invading Russia. They had developed powerful rockets (which we didn’t have yet) and were bombing England with them on a daily basis. Fortunately for the United States, they couldn’t reach us. They were near to building an atom bomb before we did.

Hitler intended to take over the entire world and slaughter all the remaining Jews and anybody who opposed him. Without these heroes, he could have done it. It’s popular to talk about how bad things are, but they could have been a lot worse!

Let us not lose that freedom now. Make your voice, your actions, and your votes count to protect our First Amendment Freedom of Speech and all our other human rights. Begin by refusing to let “hate speech” be outlawed.

Speech we like needs no protection; Freedom of Speech is for speech we don’t like. If “they” can’t say what they want to today, neither will you and I be able to tomorrow.




Bernie Sanders Takes On the Greedy Rich

“Between 1980 and 2005, 80 percent … 80 percent of all new income in this country went to the top 1 percent. 80 percent!” Bernie Sanders

Don’t forget Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in November, 2016

“Between 1980 and 2005, 80% … 80% of all new income in this country went to the top 1%.”

Eighty percent of all income in this country goes to the richest one percent of the people. “They want more, more, more. Their greed knows no end.” Furthermore, the “top one-tenth of one percent earns 12 cents of every dollar” earned in this country today. Can you believe it?

Bernie Sanders is fair

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Sanders admits there are many reasonable and patriotic rich people in this country that want everybody to prosper. But he says there are many others who only want to accumulate more  and more money for themselves while poverty increases and the middle class goes away. They also want (and get) more and more tax breaks.

I’m not against rich people. I admire some of them tremendously. I’m well aware that a few of the richest Americans have given away most of their money to help the poor, and I appreciate them very much.

I’m against rich people getting richer and richer while poor people get poorer and poorer. I’m against more and more tax breaks for the one percent of the population who gets 80% of the money.

So is Bernie. That’s why I like him.

That’s not the only reason I like Bernie. I like him because he’s honest. Because he tells it like he sees it. And because he looks out for the little people.

I’m one of those little people, and I appreciate Bernie being on my side.


Is the United States “a Nation Under God”? Of Course Not!

Pledge of Allegiance

I recently received one of those emails that get passed around the Internet like head lice or fleas. This particular email was written in response to a lawsuit to remove the words “under God” from our national Pledge of Allegiance, and it made the claim that 86% of Americans believe the United States is “one Nation under God,” and therefore the other 14% of us should be ignored. The claim may very well be true, but it neglects two very important things:

  1. The United States is not ruled by the whim of the majority. Not even an overwhelming majority. The United States is ruled and safeguarded by our Constitution, with supporting laws passed by Congress and as interpreted by the Supreme Court. Congress is given certain authority and forbidden all other.
  2. The Constitution of the United States specifically forbids having a state religion. For this reason, the United States can never be a “nation under God.”

Here’s an excerpt from the letter.​ I have reformatted it to work better in this space, but I have not changed the text. All typos and any other mistakes were in the original.

Do you believe that the word God should stay in American culture?

This is not sent for discussion. If you agree, forward it… If you don’t, delete it. I don’t want to know one way or the other. By my forwarding it, you know how I feel.

NBC this morning had a poll on this question. They had the highest Number of responses that they have ever had for one of their polls, and the Percentage was the same as this: 86% to keep the words, IN God We Trust and God in the Pledge of Allegiance,14% against.That is a pretty ‘commanding’ public response.

I was asked to send this on if I agreed or delete if I didn’t. Now it is your turn. It is said that 86% of Americans believe the word God should stay. Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a mess about having ‘In God We Trust’ on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why is the world catering to this 14%?AMEN!

If you agree, pass this on. if not, simply delete. In God We TrustI VOTE to Keep it “IN” !!! ……… and tell the 14% that while we of the 86% understand that they have a right to their beliefs, this is overwhelmingly an item that is not up for debate. 

Not up for debate? How arrogant can a person get?

Since 1789, the United States has never been a “Christian nation” or a “nation under God.” Neither has it been appropriate for our money to say “In God we trust.” Since 1789 we have been a nation under the Constitution of the United States of America, which clearly forbids any state religion. Without a state religion, we are not and can never be, “a nation under God.”

​Unfortunately, our Supreme Court has ​made the ridiculous ruling that these mottos have cultural significance and are not religious, so they remain on our money and in our official Pledge of Allegiance.

The writers of our Constitution knew better than to put God in charge, because He doesn’t speak clearly so everybody can understand. As a result, just about everybody has a different idea about what God wants and even who God is. (At least 14% of Americans have concluded He doesn’t even exist.)

Many of our founders had come from Europe in the first place to flee persecution by nations that thought they were “under God.” As has been said many times before, “It’s not so much God I have trouble with, but please deliver me from His followers.”

Any nation “under God” quickly becomes literally uninhabitable for all but followers of the particular religion or denomination in control, and even those members have to be very careful what they say or do. If  they say the wrong thing, they can go to prison or even face execution. Saudi Arabia may be the best current example of a nation “under God.” 

Alternatively, think of the new “Islamic State.” Wherever they have power, they persecute and murder not only Christians and unbelievers, but even other Muslims who happen to be the wrong kind. The Islamic State leaders are Sunni Muslims; Iraq is 70% Shiite Muslim.

The difference between the two is about like the difference between Baptists and Methodists, except that Muslim extremists of both kinds carry weapons while only a rare 21st century Christian extremist shoots an abortion doctor. (And even the Christian extremist who carries signs at funerals saying evil things like “God Hates Faggots” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” is, thankfully, rare in this century.)

Remember back 227 to 400 or so years ago when you couldn’t even live in most of the original 13 American colonies if you were a member of the wrong Christian denomination. If I remember correctly, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island were the only exceptions. (I am not a historian, so I may have forgotten another one or two. Please feel welcome to correct this assertion.) I believe Massachusetts was Catholic. One or two of the others were Presbyterian, and I think at least one was Methodist. If you weren’t a member in good standing of the ruling church, you were not welcome. You were likely either to go to jail, be beaten, or to be expelled from the colony to deal alone with hunger, disease, and/or marauding Indians.

Rhode Island was an exception. It was founded by Roger Williams, a Baptist preacher who happened to be my direct ancestor through my maternal Grandmother. He had been run out of several colonies for being a Baptist, so he founded Rhode Island on the principle of religious freedom. If I remember correctly, the Quakers also founded Pennsylvania on the basis of religious freedom.

Even after the United States was formed under the original confederacy in 1776, this situation continued for 13 more years. Moving from one state to another was risky if you didn’t agree with the rulers of your new state about their religion. Only with ratification of the Constitution in 1789, which forbade any state religion, was this situation rectified. Since that time, we have never been “a nation under God.”

Even in spite of Constitutional protections, George Bush, Sr. was still President when he was asked something about atheists. He replied, “No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.”I heard it and saw it live on television. This should have scared you almost as much as it did me. If he can take away my rights with a few words, yours could be next. Fortunately, we all still have the protection of the Constitution.

An atheist is just somebody who doesn’t believe God is real. That’s all. There are good atheists and bad atheists, just as there are good and bad Christians; and we have the same Constitutional rights. And yes, most of us in the United States are patriots.

The writers of our Constitution left God out of it for some very good reasons, and Congress has no right to try to put Him back into government by adding such nonsense to our money and our Pledge of Allegiance. The words “under God” should NEVER have been added to the 1954 version of the Pledge, and they should be removed immediately. Many millions of people love and pledge their allegiance to the United States who cannot, in good conscience, repeat the official Pledge as it now is. I am one of those people.