Seventy years ago today on January 27, 1945, Soviet forces – allied with the United States in WWII against Nazi Germany and advancing towards Berlin on the Eastern Front as American, French and British troops advanced from the west after the Battle of the Bulge – reached the now infamous Auschwitz-Birkeanau concentration camp in Poland and liberated some 200,000 prisoners that had not yet met the fate of the approximately 1.5 million Jews killed there as part of Adolph Hitler’s Final Solution.
Within months, the Soviet Communists – of terror, forced famine, gulag archipelago and their own brand of purges and mass murder fame – would erect an Iron Curtain across Poland and all of Eastern Europe, thus de-liberating, i.e. enslaving, them in a Red Hell much larger than any Germans ever erected.
But there are Holocausts and there are Holocausts. The Left never let us hate on the non-national socialists and be admonished not to forget their mass murders in the tens of millions since if only Stalin (no pictures of his mass murder) had hired better bureaucrats the desired leftist Utopia may have arisen. Democrats invented the “McCarthy Era” and vilified Richard Nixon and Whittaker Chambers, lest the legacies of fellow Democrats be sullied. Democrats not named Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy regularly Blamed America First, attacked anti-Communists as extremists, took the Soviet side for nuclear freeze appeasement, supported Sandinistas in Nicaragua and otherwise tried to undermine the ultimately successful “peace through strength” strategy of President Ronald Reagan that led to the felling of the Iron Curtain, including especially the Berlin Wall.
We were, though, rightfully and righteously admonished never to forget Hitler’s holocaust. Sadly, too many in the Democratic Party have forgotten even that version, if one judges said Democrats by their actions.
DeVine History in Real Time
This week, we have been admonished to detest Speaker of the House John Boehner for daring to invite Israeli Prime Minister BiBi Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress in March, without first obtaining President Barack Obama’s permission. Yes, the same Obama Administration that regularly usurps the power of the House and Senate to make laws. Yes, the same Commander in Chief that regularly apologizes to a Muslim World that largely defines itself by its desire that Jews and the Nation of Israel cease to exist. Yes, the same U.S. Chief Executive that regularly snubs the loyal America ally and only free nation in the Middle East in public and calls their leader “chickensh**” in private.
The same Barack Hussein Obama who begged to have lunch with Iran’s ruling mullahs as they mowed down innocent Green Revolution liberty-seekers in the streets of Tehran. Yes, even the same Iranian regime that vows to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth as Obama makes concessions allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons and missiles that would enable Iran to do just that. The same Islamic nation of Iran that, like Saddam’s Islamist Baathists, cut their independence-teeth on Nazi doctrine during and after WWII.
One of the main reasons Israel exists today, with President Truman being the first world leader to recognize them, and even with United Nations approval, was so the Zionist nation could be a refuge from further Holocausts. We must never forget what European socialists did in the the USSR and Germany: mass murder of Jews, Christians and anyone else that stood in their way of wielding totalitarian power, even if it required genocide of ethnic and religious groups.
The same evil mass-murdering, genocidal movement is back; this time defining the threat to its power as the infidel who dares not submit to Allah and The Prophet Mohammed’s Koran and Hadith-prescribed women-enslaving Sharia law that also, by the way, prohibits the creation of any, even flattering, image of said prophet, not to mention unflattering cartoons or the soiling of Korans, i.e. the United States and the Free World it used to lead before President Obama became a citizen of the world equating Greek exceptionalism with our City on a Hill and praying that “the future not belong to those that slander the prophet of Islam. For the record, how would one slander or otherwise defame the name of a pedophile rapist that forces people to submit to his version of God or die?
Remember also September 11, 2001
After 9/11, I well remember Darryl Worley’s country song, “Have You Forgotten?”, released soon after Democrats started the “Bush-Lied” Era, thus encouraging terrorists to wait us out in Iraq and Afghanistan until a Democrat could win the White House and surrender.
They waited. Obama won the White House, and immediately went on an apology tour to the Muslim World before yes, surrendering to those who want to accomplish more Holocausts for Jews, Christians, gays, Lesbians, and anyone who will not submit to their Koran and Sharia. The former Holocausts were committed by atheists named Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mao. The present versions are being sought by alleged monotheists in Iran, Gaza, Syria, and other Muslim Brotherhoods.
Before President Obama whines of foreign policy protocol against a coequal branch of the U.S. government, would it be too much to ask that he remember the Holocaust and 9/11 and act accordingly to prevent more of them? I think so. One way would be to honor Israel by inviting their leader to the White House and accompanying him to Capitol Hill himself.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
Today is not French Independence Day. Rather, it’s a celebration of the July 14, 1789 storming and destruction of a symbol of a monarchy that France restored only a few decades later after the Jacobin mobs so turned on every faction of their society, including themselves, that only a Napoleon could stanch the flow of domestic guillotine blood with that from foreign wars.
No, Bastille Day 2014 is the celebration of an atheistic mob-dependent liberalism best preserved and represented in the modern world by the Democratic Party in the United States under President Barack Obama. France would be better off commemorating their alliances with American Doughboys in WWI and Patton’s Fifth Army in WWII and the teamwork of Lotto-Belisol yesterday that has native son Tony Gallopin wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour de France today, than to once again glorify a day that ushered in only murder and misery worse than under the ancien regime its revolution overthrew.Continue reading
One Hundred and Fifty years ago this week my great-great-grandfather Lecil DeVine was shot in the face and captured by Union forces at Big Shanty, Georgia, a key rail station just north of Kennesaw Mountain and Marietta, while a confederate soldier defending against General William Tecumseh Sherman’s inevitable capture of Atlanta in the Fall of 1864 that ensured President Abraham Lincoln’s re-election and the re-unification of all states in a new America free of slavery.
Lecil DeVine and his ancestors had loved America while eschewing slavery since they first arrived on its shores before the war for independence they fought in. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina less then 80 miles from President Andrew Jackson’s Palmetto State birthplace at Lancaster, Lecil joined fellow Jacksonian Democrats in his new Alabama home to elect a unionist delegate to oppose secession at the early 1861 Montgomery state convention. Unlike President Jackson who threatened to invade and hang Nullification secessionists in his home state in the 1830s, DeVine and other like-minded Southern Americans failed to persuade a majority in eleven states to continue the formation of a more perfect union under the United States Constitution.
Thus defeated, Lecil watched the state-rights Confederacy effect the first draft of free individuals into involuntary military service in American history and the ridicule and shame heaped upon those that didn’t volunteer beforehand. Thus chastened before his inevitable conscription in April pursuant to the second such Act passed at President Jefferson Davis’s request by the CSA congress, he joined the 31st Alabama Infantry Regiment in March of 1862. After fighting in Tennessee, Lecil helped defend Port Gibson, Mississippi before enduring Grant’s siege of Vicksburg after which he was taken prisoner; paroled to Demopolis, Alabama and later exchanged with fellow Confederates for Union prisoners; before rejoining his regiment and his inevitable re-capture 20 miles north of Atlanta.
While Atlanta burned, DeVine was imprisoned at the federal Rock Island, Illinois POW camp which, while not as notoriously wicked as the Andersonville one run by Confederates in Georgia, was known as one rife with hunger and disease. Even before the fall of Atlanta, war deprivations of food and shelter in much of Dixie were stark, and afterwards much more so, including in Lecil’s northern Alabama home. Thus, with the war he wanted no part of obviously lost by the Confederacy and his patriotic duty fulfilled, he “swallowed the dog” by pledging his Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America and enlisted for a year of frontier service in the U.S. Army. Ironically, his Oath and enlistment papers were signed by Major H.B. Rathbone who, with his wife, accompanied President and Mrs. Lincoln on that fateful night to come at Ford’s Theater.
Lincoln died to preserve the last best hope of man on Earth. Lecil DeVine, rather than wallow in decades of “Lost Cause” bemoanings, embraced that new hope that had been his first cause and pursued the American Dream through family and enterprise in a South though ravaged by war and an imperfect reconstruction, was at least purged of the evil institution of slavery and with an amended Constitution better dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Lecil DeVine’s successors in this Spartanburg native’s immediate family would help build a New South of industry in railroads and nuclear power; integrated schools, Little Leagues and Cub Scouts; law, faith, education and good humor. None of which would have been possible absent the sacrifices of great-great-grandfather Lecil.
So as this Carolina Gamecock now roosted atop Stone Mountain of Georgia and my fellow Atlantans approach the Sesquicentennial of the burning of our great city by who Decatur’s Mary A.H. Gay called America’s Nero; let us remember than unlike Nero’s Rome, Sherman’s Atlanta and America rose from its ashes united to free half the world from Nazis and an evil communist empire and our own empire from Jim Crow.
God’s not finished with America yet and I thank God for a reluctant Confederate ancestor who never lost sight of the City on the Hill that he wanted for himself and his family.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson