Seventy-five years after the end of the Second World War,
Winston Churchill has once again come under attack.
This time, however, the crowds are not made up of young fanatics wearing armbands
with swastikas and parading through the streets of Berlin.
Today, mobs of young fanatics believing that they are the antithesis
of the Nazis parade through the streets of London denouncing Churchill as a racist.
I’m currently reading a great book by Erik Larson—The Splendid and the Vile
A saga of Chruchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz.
The reviews were predominantly positive but I also read the negative as I
do like to see if there is balance.
In this case, the predominantly positives fully overrode the negatives.
I’ve read books by Erik Larson before–one of the best was
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
I even featured that book a few years back with a post.
I admit, that as of late, my morale has been flagging a bit.
In great part due to my sheer dismay over the current civil strife plaguing
our Western Civilization…and in particular, that being here at home.
Pandemic pandamonium isn’t helping— but if the truth be told,
I really think that the utter political lunacy, the unprecedented vehemence
directed toward a sitting president, the disrespect, news turned into twisted emotionalism,
a blatant disregard for human life, the endless bald-faced lies,
the push toward politically correct cover-ups,
the frightening lack of law and order, the march toward the cliff
of Marxism and socialism lead by an ignorant populace…
It is like I told Kathy yesterday—it is as if we are currently living
in what was once a draconian futuristic novel.
So what time is this in which we live when groups that on the surface say
they support black lives but when in reality they are a violent
Marxist organization bent on violence, hate, and death.
What time is this when support for a proposition called a Green New deal is actually
a thinly veiled cover for all-out socialism?
When Hitler began his insatiable gobbling up of Europe…there was initially dismay,
there was skepticism, and there was disbelief.
But all of that quickly changed when the tanks rolled into sovereign nation after nation…
and as the bombs began to explode across villages, towns, and cities.
Those of us who know our history, are well aware that Great Britain went it alone
against Hitler’s raging Nazi machine for years before the United States joined the war.
Our President simply wished them well…year after year after year…despite the desperate
pleading for help from their Prime Minister.
Yet this small island nation stayed the course, dug in her heels, and braced itself against
what appeared to be impossible odds.
She thankfully had a stubborn and resolute leader.
One who, just months prior, had been maligned, ridiculed, and certainly
not taken seriously.
And just when things indeed turned dire, she also had citizens who were willing
to sacrifice–doing what was needed to be done in order to make their nation as
prepared as possible.
All were willing to stand up rather than kneel to fascism.
And the sad irony today, these 75 years later, is that Western Civilization
now seeks to embrace fascism, socialism, Marxism…ideologies she once
vehemently stood ardently against…
all the while vying to defend her dear democracy.
So what happened in the time span of 75 years?
I suppose we’ll begin to look at this question in the coming days…
‘United wishes and goodwill cannot overcome brute facts,’
Churchill wrote in his War Memoirs.
‘Truth is incontrovertible.
Panic may resent it.
Ignorance may deride it.
Malice may distort it.
But there it is.’
Good post Julie and very accurate in its summations. I try to stay hopeful about things but I’m just unsure how many people out there actually are willing to stand up to fascism let alone kneel. How many are even aware of what’s easy going on? Many more I think than are speaking up but will this be enough?
I suppose that’s why we’re still here…to keep speaking truth!!!
So well written Julie. I never thought I would see so much discord and disrespect in our country…it is very troubling and I don’t see it getting better anytime soon.
Thanks Karen—it is frustrating, maddening and depressing…and then I walk outside 😉
I’ve really appreciate Churchill since 2019. Sounds like a book I need to read; for a time like these
to compare the resolve of the British people to go do whatever needed to be done in order to be prepared for what they knew was the inevitable…from the aristocracy down to the common man and woman.
Working 7 days a week 12 to 16 hour days in factories to quickly produce muntions and planes for the RAF, to volunteering as local community wardens, to adhering to the nightly black outs, lving with the sight of the hundreds of constant flying dirigibles over the cities, tethered by chains to the ground to deter bombing raids, to sleeping each night in a subway or makeshift bunker during the near 8 month long bombing raids—mirrored by us today who are hard pressed to find simple USA made masks as we want to take money away from our law enforcement because the anarchists say we should, while people have large house parties or riot and march despite us all being told to distance ourselves and protect ourselves…I am just totally lost.
I”m with you Julie, its crazy
I suppose misery loves company Jim— thank you for being good company ☺️