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The Dreaded Day Has Come

November 11, 2011

I asked my two grandsons if they knew what November 11 is. They hesitated a moment and both said it is Veterans Day. I said, “Very good. But what was November 11 originally?” They couldn’t tell me. I told them not to feel too badly because they couldn’t give me the answer. I explained to them it is not their fault that the American education system does not believe in teaching Americans their correct history. Then I told the boys that November 11 was originally called Armistice Day. The day was meant to commemorate the end of World War I. They didn’t know much about World War I, and, again, I told them not to feel bad about not knowing the history of Veterans Day which began as Armistice Day.

I recall, as a youngster in elementary school, that on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, we were to stop whatever we were doing and that all of us —teachers and students were to stand at attention, facing east for two minutes in silence. It was on the eleventh of November at eleven in the morning that the Germans surrendered to the Allies, ending what was perhaps the most senseless of all wars. This is not to say that any war makes sense, but World War I was really a war caused by the petty quarrels that raged on between the royal families of Germany and the British and French. This war, unlike World War II, did not have a Nazi Party, did not have an Adolph Hitler. As a matter of fact, there were many Germans who were Jewish who died in the “Great War” or the “war to end all wars,” as it was often called.

The idea of war was so contagious that our 28th president, a bigoted, self-centered, pompous gentleman by the name of Woodrow Wilson, couldn’t get us into that war fast enough. So in April of 1917, when a German U-Boat sunk an American ocean liner, Wilson, who promised he would keep us out of the war if he were re-elected, instead asked for a declaration of war. If you look it up your history book, should you still have one, you will see that Woodrow Wilson got re-elected using the slogan: “He kept us out of war.”

Not only was Wilson eager to get us into that senseless war, but he wanted America to become involved in Europe as though there was no ocean separating us from Europe. Sorry for digressing, but that is the allure history has for me. When you embark on a project to learn one thing, you end up learning many things. It is the reason I almost became a history teacher. This is the reason we are going downhill like a runaway train. Our young people know nothing of what this nation was and is and will become. When I read that the loons in Occupy Atlanta are coming down with a deadly strain of tuberculosis, I know that it is because the authorities do not have the courage to disband these unlawful games at who can be the biggest anarchist.

On this Veterans Day or Armistice Day, please remember this. America’s time is running out. It has been said, “We will cease to be a great nation when we stop believing in what made us great.” My friends, that day has come. It is here!

Bob Grant

Straight Ahead!


That slams the lid onthings for today

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