Blog Post – December 7, 2022
Just before 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu in an unprovoked move that took the lives of 2,403 Americans and wounded 1,178. Over the next seven hours there were coordinated attacks by the Japanese on US-held Philippines, Guam and Wake Island. Of the eight US Navy battleships present, all were damaged. Four of those ships were sunk; all except the Arizona, which lost 1,177 officers and sailors, was raised. Six of the damaged ships were repaired and fought in the ensuing war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and a mine layer. The Japanese goal was to keep the US, which was neutral in WWII at this point, from interfering with their planned military actions in Southeast Asia. Of course, the exact opposite happened and the “day which shall live in infamy” brought the US into the war the following day as Congress issued a declaration of war on the Empire of Japan.
The war would go on in the Pacific and European theatres until mid-1945. It is estimated that around 407,000 American military personnel died during that war. Total loss of life during that war is estimated at between 40,000,000 and 50,000,000.
Fast forward to 2022 – 81 years later – what have we learned? Since that hard-fought war, the US has become the ‘policeman of the world’. Politicians have become involved in the wars the US has been involved in since – Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan – tying the hands of the military in too many cases.
The military’s job is to protect this country from enemies foreign and domestic, but it appears efforts are underway to weaken our military. Examples include teaching WOKE ideology in our service academies, lowering physical standards in order to “equalize” them so women can qualify for positions they really are not physically able to do, allowing open homosexuals and transgenders to serve, forcing military personnel to get the COVID shot over their religious or health objections or be thrown out, pushing the whole LGBTQ agenda on the military name only a few.
Right now, Congress is holding the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) hostage. Its sole purpose is to fund the military, but a certain political party is determined to add their laundry list of pet projects to it. One attempt by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) was to add the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. Sounds good; Democrats are good at misnaming their bills! From Breitbart.com: “The bill also allows any news company to join a new cartel within 60 days of the announcement of its formation, meaning national conglomerates that own multiple outlets can dominate any new cartel by flooding it with members. Companies like Hearst, Gannett, Axel Springer SE, and Newscorp — all of which have pushed hard for the bill — would dominate decision-making in cartels, while small companies that do not own multiple news outlets would have virtually no sway.
On top of this, the bill contains multiple provisions that will allow media cartels to keep conservative and independent media out of the insiders’ club. . . .”
As of today, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act has been removed from the NDAA, but now another roadblock has been thrown out and there’s a hold on the NDAA vote to push to “protect voter rights”!
The United States government has been operating without a budget since the end of the fiscal year – September 30th. These must pass funding bills have been put aside by the Democrats to push their agenda forward such as protecting their friends in the media, expanding ‘voting rights’ and the misnamed Respect for Marriage Act. The military funding should be a top priority, especially as we are reminded on this day of the sacrifices that have been made in the past and continue to be made by members of the United States military and their families. The military should never be used as political pawns, but we see that almost every time the NDAA comes up for a vote.