Once again, it is fitting to heed the time-honored call to “Remember Pearl Harbor!”
The attack that forced the isolationist, leave-us-alone United States into a multi-front global conflict took place 77 years ago this week. The ranks of the Greatest Generation that saved We the People from an Axis conquest are thinning, and, sadly, the collective memory of the way we as a nation were back then is fading away, blurred with history as ancient as the Carthaginian Wars.
As our thoughts turn to what we want for Christmas, and as the nonstop news cycle echoes the latest attacks on the president and his tweets, and as we try to keep up with an ever-faster pace of life and its changing trends and fads, we should be mindful that our world and our lives could change in an instant — just as happened Dec. 7, 1941.
This world is a very dangerous place. You do not have to look hard or far away to see anti-Americanism. It is in our midst, as well-fed, over-educated natives have turned against their country and its blessings of liberty and prosperity. One of the latest chants of these anti-Americans is, “No borders! No wall! No USA at all!” With people such as these demonstrating safely behind the ramparts, who needs foreign enemies?
Whether we realize it or not, the deepening division may now pose the greatest threat to our national survival. There is now in the media open dialogue about the prospect of actual civil war erupting in the next few years. America is split along ideological, cultural and spiritual lines, and the chasm is seemingly unbridgeable. Neither side will tolerate the other, let alone “Coexist,” as bumper stickers urge.
Hatred — the spirit of murder — is stalking the land. Gags such as holding a make-believe bloody head of the president and calls for the assassination of leaders have replaced mere name-calling and simple insults.
“We do not agree — therefore I hate you!” is the new normal, as the nation edges toward a bloody abyss. We would do well to recall what has happened in the Balkans, the Middle East, Rwanda, and our own history, when people look with contempt on others in the same country.
It would be interesting to know if analysts in the CIA have produced any classified reports about the dangers of fratricidal warfare within our shores. In the words of Pogo, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
Even if we are unwilling to see the fraying of our social fabric, you can be sure our enemies elsewhere in the world see us as we are — without the lens of political correctness.
We may wonder if there will be a Star-Spangled Banner waving somewhere.
A final meditation: Will it take an external threat to our national existence to save us from ourselves? Something like Pearl Harbor?