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REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR -- DECEMBER 7, 1941

Dedicated to all of the military members and support staff who gave their lives to protect the United States of America from our enemies on December 7, 1941, and who stand watch over America in this time of political division and turbulence.

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Division Patch: The Taro Leaf

My Father (24th Infantry “the First to Fight Division,” 63rd Field Artillery Battalion, Battery C; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii -- Saturday, December 6th, 1941) 
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The speech given by Franklin D. Roosevelt on December 8, 1941 …

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor, looking toward maintaining peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered a formal reply to a recent American message to the Secretary of State. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

Bottom line …

We are living in perilous times, coexisting with enemies, both foreign and domestic, that are threatening American lives. We are faced with a divided nation polarized by corrupt politicians pursuing their own personal and political agendas. We are faced with a corrupt legacy media that presents narrative over the news and partisan propaganda over legitimate analysis.

Our enemies, both foreign and domestic, are using our own Constitution and laws against us.

Our military faces asymmetrical threats – guerilla forces that do not wear uniforms, hide among women and children, and think nothing of using medical and religious buildings to shield their nefarious activities. And should we fire back, we are roundly condemned in the media for the loss of “civilian” life and the destruction of “religious” or “medical” institutions. A malignant mainstream media cow our leadership, and we are burdened by an inept, clueless Commander-in-Chief manipulated by progressive communist democrat acolytes of Barack Obama -- and who appears to want a nuclear Iran.

Our leaders are cowardly and feckless – watching American cities burn and the lives of innocent citizens destroyed – while they order law enforcement to “stand down” as they continue de-funding law enforcement. 

We are approaching a tipping point when we must make a decision. To fight for the America of those who went before us or to become a Marxist paradise like Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela.

My parents – both patriotic democrats – would not recognize our country or the Democrat Party.

Do not dishonor those who died and will die fighting for an America we know and love. Start thinking about what you can do to change the leadership in Washington, your state, and your communities. If we do not, once again, unite against a common enemy, we are doomed.

-- Steve

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P.S.

While the attack on Pearl Harbor by the military forces of Imperial Japan on December 7, 1941, the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel on October 7, 2023, share the commonality of being surprise attacks that resulted in significant loss of life and had profound impacts on the course of history, there are notable differences.

Only the Japanese targeted military installations whereas the terrorists targeted innocent civilian populations for symbolic reasons.

With the December 7 attack, the United States response was both coordinated and supported by the legacy media. The response to 9/11 was haphazard and although much of al-Qaeda was destroyed, our politicians ignored the true locus of evil, Saudi Arabia, and pursued its war on terror in Afghanistan and ignored an equally complicit Pakistan. 

The Afghanistan operation was rife with political corruption and billions of dollars went missing. Fast forward to August 30, 2021, when the Biden Administration unilaterally and abjectly surrendered to the terrorist Taliban to fulfill Joe Biden's campaign promise to end the war, leaving billions of dollars worth of weapons behind to arm future terrorist attacks.

Now the same feckless appeasers want Israel to surrender to Hamas and the forces of the Islamo-fascists.

Our military men and women, at least those who have not been indoctrinated into pussified wokeness, are weeping as their sacrifices are being flushed down the drain by the progressive communist democrats in the Biden Administration.

This cannot stand.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS