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Have We Forgotten The Lessons Of Pearl Harbor?

Two of the factors that resulted in the destruction of the American Pacific fleet are rearing their heads in modern American policy

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As America remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor that occurred 75 years ago today, I have to wonder how well we remember the lessons of that day of infamy. Everyone remembers the Japanese sneak attack that Sunday morning, but not everyone remembers the events that led to war.

 

Two of the factors that resulted in the destruction of the American Pacific fleet are rearing their heads in modern American policy. First was American military weakness that was not widely recognized at the time. Second was an attitude of isolationism that was brought on by the economic malaise of the Great Depression. There are parallels to both in 2016.

 

After WWI, the “war to end all wars,” the American military was placed on the back burner. Particularly after the onset of the Great Depression, the US military was placed behind FDR’s public works projects in importance. While the federal government built national parks and post offices, the army and navy languished.

 

As Japan and Germany built up their armed forces in the 1930s, the New Deal gave them a head start of almost a decade. At the beginning of WWII, the US Army was smaller than the army of Portugal at about 180,000 men. The air force, which was then part of the army, had only a few hundred planes, many of which were already obsolescent. In 1941, the US Navy had only six aircraft carriers to split between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. They faced a fleet of 10 new Japanese carriers.

 

The situation is analogous to today’s American military. The Heritage Foundation recently found that the US armed forces were understrength and weak after years of protracted wars and budget cuts. Modernization has been sacrificed to maintain current strength while potential adversaries like Russia and China have both expanded and modernized their forces.

 

Isolationism grew from the Great Depression as well, but had roots that ran deeper. After WWI, Congress rejected American membership in the League of Nations, a precursor to the United Nations. While the US actively intervened in Central America, Americans did not want to involve themselves in European or Asian politics. Protectionist policies like the Smoot-Hawley tariff served to both further isolate America from the world while at the same time preventing economic recovery.

 

America first,” a slogan heard on both sides of the political aisle this year, was also a popular phrase in the 1930s. When President Roosevelt felt it necessary to intervene against Japanese aggression in China and Nazi aggression in Europe, he could not do so openly due to opposition at home. Father Charles Coughlin and aviator Charles Lindbergh were among the celebrities who whipped up isolationist sentiment against American involvement overseas.

 

Today, political figures on both sides of the aisle have argued against American involvement against aggressive and expansionist governments. It was Republican opposition that derailed President Obama’s plan to intervene against Assad in Syria, a failure that led to the protracted civil war and more instability in the region. Donald Trump removed the plank from the Republican platform that called for lethal aid for Ukraine in its fight against insurgents backed by Vladimir Putin. China is building islands in the South China Sea that will become military bases while the United States does nothing.

 

Pearl Harbor was the result of a perfect storm of military weakness and inward-looking policies that allowed dictatorships to flourish. When tyrants like Hitler thought that no one dared oppose them, they decided to expand their borders. The desire to avoid war at all costs while failing to maintain military readiness eventually led to a war that cost millions of lives. Tragically, these lessons of Pearl Harbor appear to have been forgotten.

 

Originally published on The Resurgent

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David W. Thornton is a freelance writer and commercial pilot. He writes from the perspective of a conservative Christian and economic libertarian. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Emmanuel College. A native of Georgia, he currently lives in Villa Rica with his wife and two children. An archive of his work can found at his syndicated blog, CaptainKudzu.com. David can be contacted at thorn[email protected]

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BREAKING NEWS About Adored Elderly Actress Betty White – So Sad!

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Betty White seems to have outlasted the test of time in Hollywood and at 95-years-old is still a viable and beloved star in Tinsel Town. It seems that her humor is the real secret to a happy and successful life, as it served her well. While she’s never been the most vocal about politics, she’s been wise enough to keep her presidential preferences to herself throughout the years, as a person in her public position. White has always cut to the chase, making her loved and respected among many. Now, we have some breaking news about this bright star, who at the ripe age of 95 surprised us all.

Perhaps Betty White’s secret to success that other stars should learn from was to be opinionated and witty without being divisive. She certainly mastered that skill throughout her career but recently, something really disturbing has changed. We saw this in full effect when she was recently face-to-face with news anchor Katie Couric who pulled her typical trick of trying to get the start to trash President Trump. Couric quickly realized she wasn’t talking to the typical famous millennial idiot when White came back with an unexpected response to her bait, shocking viewers who thought they knew her. This feisty elderly actress answered with a really sad response to Couric’s nasty, divisive questioning to set her up. What’s even sadder, is what and how the accomplished journalist said to the actress.

Opposing Views reports:

On her 95th birthday, Betty White spoke to Yahoo News’ Katie Couric. In the interview, the pair covered a wide variety of topics. When asked about the current state of our country, White’s comments surprised many (video below).

When the conversation turned to politics, it seemed as though Couric may have been looking for White’s thoughts on President Trump. However, White stayed away from commenting specifically on the new president, and instead offered a positive take on things.

“The world is in a very interesting place right now,” Couric said. “What do you think about the state of our country and how divided it seems to be?”

White responded: “It’s very divided, and we’re not in the best place we’ve ever been. I think that’s the time to buckle down and really work positively as much as you can instead of just saying, ‘This is terrible. He’s terrible.'”

She continued, “Just think, ‘Alright, there’s nothing I can do about that right now but I can do the best in my little circle.’ So if I do that, maybe you’ll do your best and we’ll get through this.”

White says she believes people should start thinking more positively because negativity leads to a “toxic” environment.

“So many people think negatively it’s like, ‘oh, you know what I hate?’ Instead of ‘alright, I’ll get through this,'” the 95-year-old said. “Then all of a sudden you start lifting up a little bit, but if you start with ‘you know what I hate,’ you’re gonna go right down the tubes.”

She added, “You’ve gotta get through it. And you can’t change it, so let’s just one foot in front of another and get through it.”

After an insanely long run on the much-loved sitcom Golden Girls and all these years she’s outlived her costars since the White reduced herself to the level of an ignorant Tinsel Town millennial. It didn’t need to be like that since for her entire career she’s always maintained a non-partial attitude towards every presidency before Trump’s. Now, she’s proven that politics will be mixed in the entertainment industry in an unfortunate way that’s here to stay. What’s worse, is that these stars don’t even seem to care that it’s killing their industry. They will only continue to complain and blame Trump for the demise and refuse to accept that nobody wants politics and anti-Trump rhetoric mixed into their entertainment.

Considering that White is at a place late in her life that she doesn’t care who thinks what of her and whether they agree with her, she’s got nothing to lose. The same doesn’t go for young stars who are destroying their industry one anti-Trump comment at a time, and don’t realize it or care. The proof is in the statistics below and they can only blame themselves.

“People just haven’t been going to the movies this summer—at least, that’s what the numbers are telling us. According to comScore (via THR), both box office revenue and ticket sales declined this summer, hitting record lows,” Paste Magazine reports. “Revenue is down nearly 16 percent this year, lower than the 14.6 decline in 2014. As the summer of 2017 wraps up, it will end up as the first summer since 2006 to not make $4 billion in the box office. Additionally, ticket sales have reached a 25-year low.”

It’s time for stars to stop abusing their massive platforms for trashing the president and pushing an agenda. White, at her age, should realize that and set a better example for young stars. Instead, she followed their lead and jumped on that bandwagon that’s set to crash and burn their industry to the ground.

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BREAKING NEWS About What ALL Of Trump’s Accusers Got This Week – This Is Disgusting!

This is Sick & Trump is Pissed!

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The political landscape in Washington is littered with the carcasses of the political aspirations of many a disgraced politician. Scandals, especially sex scandals, are some of the worst PR that a politician can get, and everyone knows it. That’s why it’s a tactic commonly used by the opposition of anyone that is sustainable to such an allegation (which is almost everyone) and sadly not always true.

It didn’t take long after President Trump arrived on the political scene for the rumors to start flying, aided, in part, by the fact that the President had a very public affair decades ago, and has been married 3 times. The self-same people who are all about the freedom of consenting adults to do what whatever they wish, with whomever they wish, jumped on the prudish bandwagon post haste.

President Trump survived the allegations of scandal, with the only thing anyone ever proved that he did wrong was some less than polite talk caught on tape by a reporter. While those comments might not be what you’d want to hear in mixed company, it was hardly on par with scandals that have gotten far less attention. The point to this being that the American people heard the accusers out, and decided to elect him anyway, however that’s just not enough.

Red State is now reporting that the accusers have organized and are out for their pound of flesh, despite their lack of evidence, and vague references to incidents that happened a fuzzy amount of time ago. And if that’s not enough to make you doubt the political hit that’s been called out on the President, we’ve discovered that these women are being funded by some pretty scary people to come forward with their stories.

The piece outlines that these women, from all sorts of backgrounds, with varying stories, are all being brought together by a 501(c)(3) organization called Brave New Films. This is a company that creates documentary videos. If you’re wondering what types of films this company has put out, here’s a list, brought to you by Red State:

“Stand Up, Senate! The President-elect is a hypocrite.

Protect Public Education – Stop Betsy DeVos!

Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting The Trump Agenda

GETTING DONALD TRUMP OFF NBC’S SNL

They claim to be non-partisan, but it doesn’t really sound that way, does it?”

It appears that the group responsible for the coordination of President Trump’s character assassins is far from impartial. And it’s understandable that those who don’t like someone, especially a politician might look for something that would tarnish his reputation. But that leads us to the question; what people are behind this? The organization has got to be organized by someone.

“One of Brave New Films’ donors is Open Society Foundations, a leftist organization whose founder and chairman is George Soros, who has given “over $32 billion to fund the Open Society Foundations, which work in over 100 countries around the world.”

The things they’re alleging came before Brave New Films got ahold of them, however.

And they were called liars long before this Soros connection to the documentary makers was uncovered.”

So what is it exactly that these women want? Their timing seems to be very convenient, considering that it corresponded quite perfectly with the President once again calling on the American people to trust his endorsement of Senatorial candidate Roy Moore, who was also accused of some of the same things. It also appears to be the next wave of attack, after the Russia collusion story stopped sticking after a year of beating the same dead horse.

The Guardian reports that the woman only wants one thing, the same thing the left always wants; another investigation into President Trump:

A group of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexually inappropriate behavior on Monday demanded that Congress open an investigation.

The women, Samantha Holvey, Rachel Crooks and Jessica Leeds, first came forward during the 2016 presidential election. Crooks and Leeds have accused Trump of unwanted kissing and groping. Holvey says Trump barged into a Miss USA dressing room while he was a part owner of the beauty pageant.

More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual assault and several more have accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior. Trump has denied all such claims and the White House has said all women making allegations against the president are lying.

‘Let’s try round two,’ Holvey said on Monday, appearing on NBC’s Today show with Megyn Kelly. ‘The environment’s different, let’s try again.’

Hours later, at a press conference at the Lexington Hotel in New York, Holvey said lawmakers should extend the same scrutiny to Trump they did to Al Franken, the Minnesota senator who faced an ethics investigation before he resigned his seat over claims of groping and unwanted kissing.”

No, the President shouldn’t be immune to investigation, and he’s proved that he’s not, time and again as the Democrats hurl scandal after scandal at him, trying to get something to tarnish his administration, and nothing sticks. These allegations are especially difficult to quantify, because of the vague nature of the stories being brought forward. While any unwanted advance is something that people should avoid at all costs, these accusers seem to be intentionally acting like they were assaulted when apparently, by their own accounts, if they’d said “no” it all would have ended.

“Now I have matured, I think I would say, ‘Woah, no,’ but at the time I was younger and I was a little shocked,” Huddy told compoundmedia.com. “I thought maybe he didn’t mean to do it, but I was kind of making excuses.”

Accusing someone of something so they lose because of past misconduct is just about the oldest trick in the book, but it’s still working. We as the voters have to pay attention and figure out whose story we can trust. These situations usually come down to money, so if we figure who stands to make the most money, we will probably get to the bottom of it. And with that in mind, let’s remember who is going to rise to stardom, and who is giving their salary away.

[H/T: Red State, The Guardian]

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BREAKING News From NYC – Judge Jeanine ATTACKED! This Is OUTRAGEOUS!

She needs our help right now!

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Judge Jeanine Pirro has always been a voice of reason against the corruption in Washington D.C. and the liberal lies. For instance, just earlier this week, Judge Jeanine railed against the “corruption and lawlessness” running rampant in the FBI and Department of Justice that is working hard to ruin President Trump’s administration. Of course, the left is not so keen on being publically outed for their misdeeds which is why they are working doubly hard to bring down the tough-talking judge a peg or two with this latest attack.

Judge Jeanine has been a long time advocate for conservative issues and shedding light on the disgusting deeds of the left only to be continually viciously attacked. The left in their quest to stay in power and to hide their corruption will do whatever it takes to silence the opposition even if that means twisting the truth.

And, that is what is occurring now when a Black Lives Matter activist has sued Judge Jeanine for, get this, slandering his name.

The case started back in 2016 over the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The incident sparked outrage for the militant Black Lives Matter group, claiming that the police murdered an innocent black man in cold blood. The violent group quickly came together to protest the supposed injustice of Sterling’s death with riots and protests in the streets of Louisiana.

During these protests, one police officer was injured and sued Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson for instructing his followers to behave violently. Sadly, the case was dismissed as the judge presiding over the case ruled that Black Lives Matter was a social movement that could not be sued. Also, the judge stated that the police officer who brought the suit did not correctly explain how Mckesson incited violence.

And, here is when it goes from bad to worse.

Judge Jeanine read this absurd ruling when she appeared on “Fox & Friends” which enraged Mckesson stating that the judge put his life in danger, and slandered his name.

You just cannot make this stuff up folks.

Here is more from New York Daily News:

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro smeared Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson by claiming he directed violence against a Baton Rouge police officer in 2016, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The defamation case Mckesson filed in Manhattan Supreme Court stems from Pirro’s commentary about a protest over the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling, a black man, on July 5, 2016. Mckesson, 32, had attended a protest over the shooting and was arrested, but charges against him were dismissed — and he and about 185 other protesters later settled a suit against the Baton Rouge police for $136,000.

An anonymous police officer filed a separate suit, alleging he was hit in the face by a rock a protester threw. The protester, the cop said, was incited by Mckesson. The cop named Mckesson and “Black Lives Matter” as defendants.

On Sept. 28, a federal judge in Louisiana tossed the officer’s suit, ruling that Black Lives Matter was a social movement that could not be sued. The judge also ruled the cop failed to explain how Mckesson allegedly incited the violence.

Black Lives Matter a social movement, can’t be sued, judge rules

Enter Pirro.

“In this particular case, Deray Mckesson, the organizer, actually was directing people, was directing the violence,” Pirro said on “Fox and Friends” after the judge had ruled.

“You’ve got a police officer who was injured, he was injured at the direction of DeRay Mckesson, DeRay Mckesson walks away with a hundred thousand dollars, for an organization that is amorphous, we got a problem in this country.”

Mckesson said Pirro’s comments have endangered his safety and seeks damages to be determined at trial.
“I was found not guilty & I didn’t direct any violence. In fact, I was protesting the violence of the police. Stop lying,” he tweeted at Pirro.
Pirro has said on Twitter she was relying on paragraphs from the cop’s lawsuit during her appearance. But Mckesson says she wrongly described them as “facts.”

“Pirro made these false statements of fact on the highest viewed morning cable show in the country, ‘Fox & Friends,’ which reaches over 1.7 million viewers,” Mckesson’s suit reads. “These statements of fact are false, and were either known to be false by Defendant Pirro or were made with reckless disregard for whether they were true.”

Fox News said it will fight the suit.

Deray Mckesson

And, this is how the left uses our own courts against us to silence those that are merely stating the facts of a case.

Mckesson only got off of this charge on a technicality not that he was innocent of wrongdoing. We have all witnessed how this group behaves and uses violence to achieve their goals, and that has not changed just because they want it to. The left will continually do what they can to silence the truth, and that is why even though we are battle weary we must push forward and fight with facts.

It is great to see that Fox News and Judge Jeanine are not bending to the bullying tactics of the left and I hope that they win this case for all of us.

H/T [Mediaite]

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