Written by: Scott Cooper
My eye’s popped open this morning at 3:50 AM. When I went to sleep last night, I was already reflecting on the 68th anniversary of D-Day, which is this morning. It is the first thing on my mind today.
Before I comment on where we are today, I hope you will take time to listen to two brief speeches from that day:
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 6 min 30 second speech to The American Public the night before.
For me, the most striking element of these brief speeches by our leaders at the time, a mere 68 years ago, was their reliance upon Providence, their willingness to beseech Almighty God and to boldly proclaim the righteousness of the cause the Allied Forces were embarking on. President Roosevelt asks our people “to devote themselves in a continuance of prayer, invoking thy (God’s) help to our efforts.”
The total military dead from WWII range from 22 – 25 million and civilian dead estimate about 40 million. Over 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded in the Normandy invasion. An extremely heavy price was paid for the liberty that was won for France, for Europe and indeed the entire world a mere 68 years ago.
According to Wikipedia, the length of a generation has risen, being somewhere between 25 and 30 years. If we use 30 years, we are barely two complete generations removed from the day that 160,000 troops landed on the beaches of Normandy to reclaim a continent from tyranny. Two generations removed, and we hardly remember that day or reflect on what transpired there and contrast those events to current trends.
I believe this is a day that we should be teaching all children of the western world about, especially here in America. The reality is most youth do not know very much about it, nor will they reflect on this day and the sacrifices their great grand-parents’ generation made for the cause of liberty and freedom. We should never forget, yet I fear for the most part as a nation, and the West as a whole, we have already forgotten.
This year (less than 2 months ago) in France, democratic elections took place where an individual whose philosophy and worldview is diametrically opposed to the ideals we fought and died for 68 years ago was elected. Socialist Francois Hollande was elected President. What is starker is that it was the socialist partnership with the Muslim population of France that put Mr. Hollande over the top. Close to 2 million Muslims voted in the election, and 85 - 93 % voted for Mr. Hollande. Without that vote, the socialist party would not have won. It is also worthy of noting that as a group, atheists supported Holland.
I mention those two groups because the West is in a conflict of worldviews that no one in political leadership wants to talk about. Our leadership 68 years ago understood the conflict. Just 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan in his “Evil Empire Speech” on June 8, 1982 understood it and could articulate it, against the wishes of “his handlers.”
This is not about individuals within a belief system it is about understanding how belief systems behave as blocks of power. While there is a partnership right now between the socialists, atheists and Muslims, as we are witnessing in Europe, that coalition will only last until they conquer Western Civilization as it has been known in the 20th century, and then they will turn on one another. Take a look at this picture taken Election Day in France:
There is only one French Flag, I think, in this picture. They are not unified except in their desire to destroy the belief system which has led to the most productive and prosperous century in human history. The belief system they are fighting against is the system our grandparents generation fought and died for.
The relevance of our history is rapidly being lost.
It is my prayer to visit the beaches of Normandy one day, and see the graves of the men who died there, in a heroic effort to save France and a continent from Tyranny.