Gut Rumbles

January 14, 2008

Generation gap

Originally published December 7, 2003

I remembered Pearl Harbor today. I don't believe that a lot of other people did.

I saw very little on the news about today being the 62nd anniversary of the event that thrust this nation into World War II and eventually made The United States the only true Superpower in the world. That sneak attack by the Japanese 62 years ago was the trigger that brought us to where we are today.

My parents and grandparents remembered December 7th, 1941 as a day that changed their lives. They remembered where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. I heard those stories often when I was growing up.

We have a bunch of uneducated people in the country today who never heard of Pearl Harbor, nor do they care to learn about it. Hell, they couldn't find Hawaii on a goddam globe, let alone tell you what happened there 62 years ago. That fact saddens me.

I told Quinton and Jack about Pearl Harbor over breakfast today. I bought a copy of the Savannah Morning News and showed them this article. People who remember that day are dying off quickly.

Fuck. More people are interested in the assholery of Paris Hilton today than those who give a shit about Pearl Harbor. That's the kind of nation we have become. We're a nation of nitwits and short-attention-span asswipes who don't have a clue how we got where we are. And we won't stay there long if people don't start pulling their heads out of their asses.

On December 7, 62 years ago, more than 2,000 American servicemen died on a Sunday morning. We suddenly found ourselves in a World War. We had one hell of an uphill fight to get back on our feet and win that war. We did it, but the fight was not an easy one and we have the graves of brave men planted all over the world to prove it.

We won. We kicked Japan's ass and defeated Germany, too. We invented the atomic bomb. We stood toe-to-toe with the Russians after that and eventually wore them down, too, thanks to Ronald Reagan. The United States became the Land of Milk and Honey, and we live better than anyone else in the world. We take our lot in life for granted, too. That's pathetic.

We are where we are today because Admiral Yamamoto launched that attack on Pearl Harbor 62 years ago. NOBODY should be ALLOWED to forget that fact. Today is a day that EVERYBODY should remember and cherish as one of the most important days in the history of this country. A lot of people died to give us what we have today.

Show some goddam gratitude.

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