On June 6, 1944, 74 years ago, the Allies invade Western Europe in the largest amphibious attack in history. A horrible world war that killed millions, with some of the worse atrocities committed against fellow humans. Known as ‘D-Day’, the first day of the invasion by the fighters of freedom. The following days were listed, D+1. D+2, D+3, and so on. The armies of Nazism and Fascism were on their way to defeat.
Unfortunately, an unholy alliance with Communist Russian on the eastern flank, the allies on the western front, was successful in cutting off Nazi supply routes to divide and conquer. The Russian alliance eventually evolved into the Cold War. The rise of Communist China also set in motion the enslavement of people. Millions died under Mao and Stalin. The world was war weary, the rebuilding of Europe and Japan had begun. The world with left with the oppression of communism, and the prosperity of capitalism, and eventually, capitalism won. The economics of capitalism had proved that communism doesn’t work. Although communism still exists, along with its counterpart ‘socialism’, both remain a threat to individual freedom and liberty.
Those that fought in World War II are called the Greatest Generation. Because the men and women, fought and died for the future generations of the world against the armies of darkness. Men went to fight, and women worked the factories and provided military support. As Ronald Reagan said in a speech, “We are only one generation away from losing our freedoms.”
Conservative Radio Talk Show host, Dennis Prager, often blames the greatest generation for not preparing the younger generation about the threat of totalitarianism. He right! As the idea of socialism creeps into American politics, and schools, as a Utopian alternative to Capitalism, with the promise of free housing, food, jobs, healthcare, and all the comforts of a state run government. Capitalism represents hard work, successes, and failures, but the liberty to try again to find happiness. Socialism represents free stuff. Yet, doesn’t explain how and who would pay for free stuff. The problem with socialism, once it is enacted, it’s damn hard to get rid of it. Obamacare is a good example.
So, on this day, we remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice, and set in motion America’s greatest and prosperous time in history. It’s too bad the millennial generation hasn’t been taught about the sacrifices their grandparents made for their freedoms. History tends to repeat from time to time. Those that don’t learn from the mistakes of the past, are doomed to repeat it. That’s why World War II was a repeat of the first world war.