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Thursday, March 21, 2019

A thin fragment of moon stood watch that Christmas Eve as the president of the United States and the prime minister of Great Britain came out onto the South Portico of the White House. They were there to light the national Christmas tree — and to speak a holiday greeting to an uncertain world.

Two and a half weeks before — and 70 years ago today (Dec. 7) — the Japanese had devastated the American Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. A nation that had endured 12 grinding years of economic catastrophe was now plunged into a maelstrom of worldwide war. It was Christmas in time of turmoil, a season of brotherhood and peace under the shadow of genocide and war — and it fell to these two men to help the nation and the world make sense of that.

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2 responses to “Lessons For Us From 70 Christmases Ago”

  1. fernly2 says:

    The hope that Wall Street will not take us all down (from a housing bubble to a food bubble) if left without HR 1489 and the hope of 6 million productive jobs without NAWAPA will leave us weak and unable to meet the challenges of extreme weather of our solar system we’re seeing now. Pass HR 1489 and initiate NAWAPA and we can return to a science-driven and prosperous economy, return to being a beacon of hope to the 99% of the world, and live abundantly as befits a being with a brain. Failing this we will continue to be down where people feel free to kick us, and Honorable Leonard, just what makes you so sure we won’t say “Hello.” to the dinosaurs?

  2. 1olderbutwiser1 says:

    Truly shows what America has become. Trample over dead people to get first in line to buy something made in another country while we have so many unemployed people, their jobs taken by a country that has people slaving for peanuts and at the same time denying the true value of their currency. How stupid has this country become? We need an new sense of nationalism, not lip service from a lying president who squanders our grandchildrens money on derelicts and other losers, and we need to start boycotting importers and the retail marketing of these imports. A really good boycott would fix a lot of wrongs, including overpaid government employees. The tax revenue would decline, and they’re not able to borrow any more. Think about that. I for one am very tired of this government stealing from me. This coming election, I can’t think of one local politician I would re-elect, Maybe the time has come for a truly clean sweep.

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