Monday, December 7, 2009


It's a week of anniversaries, apparently. Sixty-eight years ago today, Japanese forces bombed the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, bringing us into the global conflagration of World War II. I can't imagine what it must have felt like, only that it probably resembled our feelings on 9/11.

The early 1940s were a unique time, when I think our nationhood and territorial integrity truly were at stake. Take a moment some time today or over the next few days to think about what it must have been like to live in those times. Then make a conscious effort to exercise one of your freedoms, and really think about it while you do. Too often we take our freedoms for granted, and we shouldn't forget how close we came to losing them.

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