"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Friday, December 7, 2012

Today in History

Pearl Harbor was attacked.

This is the powerful speech FDR gave to Congress on December 8, 1941. Please take a moment to read this. I read this aloud to Bill and was a bit emotional as I went through it. You can see how we have come to know this as The Date Which Will Live in Infamy speech,but I challenge this title as it is so much more. After reading this and reflecting upon the times we live in, I am profoundly moved by this line: "As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense."

This is the duty I expect-nay, demand of a Commander-in-Chief. If we do not defend our nation every thing else we think is important is for naught. So we as Americans should use this speech as a job description for a future president as well as the sitting president, and demand that they are willing to uphold the requirements of the Commander-in Chief.

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 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 its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of 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 colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. 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 our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounded 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 seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire."
Copied from The University of Oklahoma College of Law.

I posted this post December 7, 2011.  I challenge readers to take a moment and actually read FDR's words aloud... I pray we understand as a nation that sometimes bad happens and we must stand.  

1 comment:

justdifferent said...

I also see, when reading this speech out loud, that the president had utmost confidence in the American People to stand with the right or our nation. Not the right wing, but the right of defense of our nation. There was not a comment to encourage either ethnic, moral, financial or gender based division. All Americans were expected to stand together. What a place we have come to.