Will Veteran’s Day Fade?
“All this military history and much more should be part of our national conversation – - not topics relegated to the archives of academics and locked away from school children.”
By Guest Blogger Richard Falknor
@ Blue Ridge Form
likely lose patience with the endless on-line Veterans Day Weekend
platitudes politicians and pundits view as obligatory around November
11. Consequently we’ll try to get right to the point.
civic life is in grave danger from the neglect of our American heritage
by taxpayer-supported schools and worse, taxpayer-supported schools of
This education malpractice in transmitting our heritage is nurtured in political correctness or cultural Marxism.
malpractice deprives coming generations of students of any serious
understanding of the history of our freedoms and institutions, our
religious tradition, our achievements in enterprise, invention, and
agriculture, and our military victories and setbacks.
popular understanding is vital to maintain support for preserving our
national sovereignty in the face of fierce globalist efforts to dilute
Of course, the GOP is unlikely to confront the larger problem of the Left manipulating the curriculum – - what Mary Grabar calls the “brainwashing of America.”
But that is a subject for another day.
we conservatives can do ourselves and do now is teach ourselves, our
families, our children, about the victories, hardships, misadventures,
and traditions of our fighting men and women since the colonial wars in New England and the beginnings of the Republic.
We can talk with our friends and colleagues about about the complexities of the Barbary Wars (with their implications for today) and the “Shores of Tripoli.”
We can try to understand how Abraham Lincoln managed his generals – at least that Republican didn’t promise to “talk to his generals” before he could figure out what to do.
We can try to learn some lessons from the many-front struggle with Germany, Italy, and the Empire of Japan in World War II.
We can remember the fearful price we paid in Korea from post-World-War-II neglect (scroll down) of our forces.
Most of all, we can appreciate the skill and endurance of our forces from Roger’s Rangers in the French and Indian War, to Washington’s crossing to Trenton, to Joshua Chamberlain at Gettysburg, to Torpedo Eight at Midway, and to the epic Marine breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in Korea.
All this military history and much more should be part of our national conversation – - not topics relegated to the archives of academics and locked away from school children.”
Notes: All of those who know me....or are getting to know me....know
full well that I agree with every word Richard has written here. Shying
away from our military history will not change it. Our posterity needs
to know that millions have given their lives so that they will live in