Christmas 2018 is hardly the most dire Christmas America has faced. From Patrick J. Buchanan at buchanan.org:
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly,” goes the old Christmas carol. “‘Tis the season to be jolly.” Yet if there were a couplet less befitting the mood of this capital city, I am unaware of it.
“The wheels are coming off,” was a common commentary on the Trump presidency on Sunday’s talk shows. And the ostensible causes of what is looking like a panic in the political establishment?
The December crash of the stock and bond markets, the worst since the Great Recession. The shutdown of a fourth of the U.S. government over the Trump border wall. The president’s decision to pull 2,200 troops out of Syria. Resignation, in protest of Donald Trump’s treatment of U.S. allies, by Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
But there has to be more to it than this. For America has endured, in the lifetime of its older generations, far worse Christmases than this.
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From Bettina Bien Greaves, ” Japan’s Gift to FDR,” Liberty, January, 2006:
If the President had delivered the speech he intended to give Congress on December 8 or 9, he would have been violating his pledge to the American people; he would have been sending U.S. boys to fight in a foreign war even though the United States had not been attacked; he would have been sending them to defend territory thousands of miles from our shores—the Isthmus of Kra and Singapore in Malay, and the Dutch East Indies in the Indian Ocean.
Germany’s declaration of war on the United States on December 11, and the blitz-warfare by the Japanese during the first few weeks, ensured that the American people would support the war. And so it happened that hundreds of thousands of Americans died thousands of miles from their homes, in a war the president had secretly pursued, while publicly promising to avoid.
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor made war inevitable. But the attack was not Roosevelt’s reason for going to war. It was his excuse.
President Roosevelt’s mendacity is conceded by even his most ardent admirers, whom are legion, especially among academics and historians. A fact-based reexamination of Roosevelt hagiography is long overdue, with his lying and covert maneuvering of the U.S. into World War II filling the middle chapters. They would be between the chapters on how the New Deal prolonged the Great Depression and how we handed Eastern Europe to “Uncle Joe” while his spies occupied important posts in our government and stole our atomic secrets. Unfortunately, much of the original record is still classified or otherwise locked away, but perhaps our grandchildren will finally learn the truth. Don’t expect the historians who have anointed him our “greatest” president to do much digging.