Today marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. We now recognize this as Veteran’s Day and extend it to all who have served in our armed forces.
America would not be what it is without these brave men. It is not an exaggeration to say the world could very realistically have been overrun by far left political ideologies, whether it was Communism or National Socialism, without the aid of the United States. The victory of World War II may arguably be the height of American exceptionalism. Or one could argue perhaps our greatest height was when we put a man on the moon. All a distant dream without the bravery and sacrifice of millions of men. You can forget about the technological boom and the Internet age as well. For this we are eternally grateful.
It feels as though an apology is in order as well. The hard work, toil, and sacrifices of these men and of our ancestors has put us in a position never seen before in human history. We have access to previously unimaginable wealth and opportunity. But with this great potential comes great responsibility, and potential downfall. It can be too easy to become complacent. Lazy. Unappreciative. Forgetful. What have we done with the opportunity our ancestors have left for us? Would they be proud to see how our country has turned out? What we’ve done with it? What they died to protect?
One could make a very good argument that they would not be happy to see how it all turned out. What good is it to defend your country against potential invasion only to allow them to invade in another manner just one or two generations later with nary a fight? Or to allow the Constitution and the law to be so obfuscated that the original intent from the Founding Fathers is now completely up for reinterpretation? Or what about rewriting history entirely? Or to pretend this wasn’t a nation founded by God fearing men.
No. Today we take their sacrifices for granted. We’ve become far too comfortable. Comfortable to the point that we forget why armies and the threat of force are needed. So comfortable that in fact we even vilify these brave men and now women who are willing to fight and die for our freedoms. Even worse, some now even question what American exceptionalism is, and rather than fight for ideals such as free speech many think they know better and try to police it. We even look back at some of our greatest leaders and call them bigots, racist, evil. Statues are torn down. History is simply erased and forgotten, and the lessons that go along with it too.
The only way we will survive as a nation is if we start to fight back. We’ve tried acceptance of any and all ideas. Of multiculturalism instead of assimilation. It doesn’t work. They cry for tolerance and acceptance, and when we give it to them they turn it on us and try to vilify us. Or shame us into thinking we shouldn’t be proud of our ancestry or our country. These evil forces need to be squelched out and stopped completely. Total victory, not tolerance, appears to be the only way to stem the tide. We’ve practiced appeasement rather than deterrence in the cultural war for far too long. It hasn’t worked. Victor Davis Hanson wrote a great piece recently on the anniversary and had this to say which I think fits in nicely:
What can we learn from the failed armistice of 1918?
Keeping the peace is sometimes even more difficult than winning a war.
For an enemy to accept defeat, it must be forced to understand why it lost, suffer the consequences of its aggressions—and only then be shown magnanimity and given help to rebuild.
Losers of a war cannot pick and choose when to quit fighting in enemy territory.
Had the Allies continued their offensives in the fall of 1918 and invaded Germany, the peace that followed might have more closely resembled the unconditional surrender and agreements that ended WWII, leading to far more than just 20 years of subsequent European calm.
Deterrence prevents war.
If we continue to begrudgingly accept these toxic ideologies and ideas coming from the left, rather than fight hard and hit hard back against them, the end result will turn out much worse than the comparably minimal pain of stopping it in its tracks right away. It’s much harder to deport somebody once they’ve embedded themselves into this country than turn them away at the border. Or to put a hard foot down on the atrocities they try to put into children’s programming, or how they try to program our children in school. Obamacare became much harder to stop once it was written into law.
There can be no more compromise. The left has shown their true colors far too often for us to be fooled by it anymore. We have to push back and give no quarter. Now is our best shot. We have a man in office more willing than perhaps any president of the past 100+ years to take a stand and also be big enough to be able to withstand the pressure the mainstream media and swamp throw at him. He cannot do it alone. Nor should he have to. Let us do our part to make our ancestors proud, and to leave future generations better off and with a shot at the American dream as it was once imagined. What an utter shame it would be to throw it all away in the name of multiculturalism, or virtue signaling, or whatever other guilt they try to foist on us.