Pearl Harbor 78 years later

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"
- George Santayana


Very few of us were alive during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941. We were taught that it was a surprise attack that caught our Navy off guard. I believe this to be a lie. I recommend that you read Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor by Robert Stinnett. Stinnett participated in World War II from 1942 to 1946 as a naval photographer in the Pacific theater. Stinnett claimed to have found information showing that the attacking fleet was detected through radio and intelligence intercepts, but that the information was deliberately withheld from Admiral Kimmel, the commander of the base. One review of his book states:

Drawing on twenty years of research and access to scores of previously classified documents, Stinnett proves that Pearl Harbor was not an accident, a mere failure of American intelligence, or a brilliant Japanese military coup. By showing that ample warning of the attack was on FDR's desk and, furthermore, that a plan to push Japan into war was initiated at the highest levels of the U.S. government, he ends up profoundly altering our understanding of one of the most significant events in American history.

I tried for many years to convince my mother that government is not our friend. I was her child. How could I possibly know more than she did? Eventually I gave her an audio tape with a presentation by Joseph Sobran, someone closer to her own age. The light bulb finally lit up! Sobran's presentation was titled, How Tyranny Came to America. Naturally, I encourage you to read his entire presentation, however, I will excerpt a few quotes that I hope will encourage you to choose to study history, rather than repeat it.

The modern American educational system no longer teaches us the political language of our ancestors. It’s as if the people of England could no longer understand Shakespeare, or Germans couldn’t comprehend Mozart and Beethoven.

So to most Americans, even those who feel oppressed by what they call big government, it must sound strange to hear it said, in the past tense, that tyranny “came” to America.

I call the present system "Post-Constitutional America." As I sometimes put it, the U.S. Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government.

I don’t want to sound like an oracle on this subject. As a typical victim of modern public education and a disinformed citizen of this media-ridden country, I took a long time - an embarrassingly long time - to learn what I’m passing on. It was like studying geometry in old age, and discovering how simple the basic principles of space really are. It was the old story: In order to learn, first I had to unlearn. Most of what I’d been taught and told about the Constitution was misguided or even false. And I’d never been told some of the most elementary things, which would have saved me a tremendous amount of confusion.

Now of course nobody in American politics, not even the most fanatical liberal, will admit openly that he doesn’t care what the Constitution says and isn’t going to let it interfere with his agenda. Everyone professes to respect it - even the Supreme Court. That’s the problem. The U.S. Constitution serves the same function as the British royal family: it offers a comforting symbol of tradition and continuity, thereby masking a radical change in the actual system of power.

In fact the radicals of the early twentieth century despaired of achieving socialism or communism as long as the Constitution remained. They regarded it as the critical obstacle to their plans, and thought a revolution would be necessary to remove it. As The New Republic wrote: “To have a socialist society we must have a new Constitution.” That’s laying it on the line!

The beauty of it is that the people don’t have to invent a new system of government in order to get rid of this one. They only have to restore the one described in the Constitution - the system our government already professes to be upholding. Taken seriously, the Constitution would pose a serious threat to our form of government.

And for just that reason, the ruling parties will be finished as soon as the American people rediscover and awaken their dormant Constitution.

“I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind - how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.”
- Pierce Brown




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