December 7, 1941, the Japanese Navy bombed the US military
base at Pearl Harbor. Six aircraft carriers, at dawn, launched
181 planes to destroy the US Pacific Fleet. At approximately
10:00 am, barely two hours after it began, it was over. Twenty-one
ships were destroyed or severely crippled, Army Air Corps
and Navy Aviation aircraft losses numbered 188 destroyed and
159 damaged. The death toll of American's lost: 2,403, with
1,178 additional wounded.
asked the only person I personally knew who was old enough
to remember: "Where were you? What did you think?"
grandmother, expecting her first child, was living in Washington,
DC, with my grandfather who was a civilian engineer contracted
to the US Naval Department. They were quartered in a section
of the District consisting of "little row houses"
that were shared as mini-apartments with another family living
either below or above, on a separate floor. My grandparents,
along with their neighbors, were listening to the Washington
Redskins/Philadelphia Eagles football game on the radio when
the news of the attack interrupted the broadcast.
three minutes, their phone rang. It was the Patrol Area Officer
of the US Civil Defense telling my grandfather to report immediately
for duty. Both he and his neighbor were Air Raid Wardens,
and it was their job to maintain order on the streets in the
event of an attack to our country. Considering this was Washington,
DC, an attack seemed likely, if not imminent. My grandmother
tells me she remembers being numb, and totally stunned at
the news. She and the neighbor's wife stayed in the home,
crawled under a kitchen table, and silently prayed. She recalls
hearing planes take off from Andrews Air Force Base for hours
afterward. Hours drew out to days, and this act rocketed the
United States in to World War Two. The anger over such a brazen
attack united this nation and ensured our commitment to victory.
September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists hijacked four commercial
airplanes. For those of you reading this, we all know where
we were and what we were doing when the news broke. The comparisons
to Pearl Harbor were almost immediate. Yes, this was another
act of war. The most recent estimates of the loss of life
is close to 3,000 in New York City, 189 at the Pentagon, and
44 from the crash site in Pennsylvania. The United States
united again to support the leadership of this country to
fight the war on terrorism.
March 8, Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton (D-NY) spoke at a
lunch in Manhattan's elite 21 Club. In the audience was the
notorious, nefarious and utterly idiotic, Alec Baldwin - liberal
actor from Hollywood. He posed the following to the Junior
Senator from New York: "Senator, I want to ask you a
question about the other catastrophic event that happened
in this country before 9-11 - which was the election of 2000."
Baldwin, apparently living under a rock the last six months,
has on several occasions likened Election 2000 and the Florida
recounts to equate the same level of "disaster"
as the September 11 terrorist attacks. At Florida A&M
University the previous week, Baldwin stated, "I know
that's a harsh thing to say, perhaps, but I believe that what
happened in 2000 did as much damage to the pillars of democracy
as terrorists did to the pillars of commerce in New York City."
Baldwin, I have a question. Well, several actually, but I'll
begin with "Are your bags packed, yet?" It seems
ol' Alec threatened to move out of the United States if Bush
was elected, along with several of his peers in Hollywood.
Well? We're still waiting. Oh, but you didn't mean that really,
did you? Just like he didn't mean it when he screamed - almost
frothing at the mouth - on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in
1998 that Representative Henry Hyde and his family should
be, what was it, stoned to death, Alec? I thought so. But,
you were only kidding, right? Real funny. When asked about
the comment, Representative Hyde replied, "I heard about
it, and I'm sickened by it ... To kill my family because you
disagree with me? Excuse me for not laughing. He wants my
family stoned to death by a mob. Imagine if a Republican said
such a thing. I don't find the humor in it." Ah, the
compassion of the left.
claim by Baldwin, and some other loonies on the left, that
a monumental disaster occurred of epic proportions just because
your "guy" didn't get duly and properly elected
is the pure definition of insanity. The last time anyone looked,
no one died at the polling booths, no terrorist activity took
place, and no bombs fell from the sky. Palm Beach County and
Miami-Dade are still in one piece. On the other hand, Ground
Zero is still smoldering. Over three thousand people
are gone. Hundreds of firefighters, rescue workers, and cops
won't ever see their families again. Our military servicemen
and women are, right now, engaged in battle in Afghanistan.
By the way Alec, they're over there defending your right to
scream, froth, and blather on senselessly.
the recent Hollywood epic, Pearl Harbor, Baldwin portrayed
Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, Medal of Honor recipient and hero
of the "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" bombing raid on April
18, 1942, Americas first response to Japans attack
on Pearl Harbor. Isn't that a bit ironic? How much was that
Baldwin should have a talk with my grandmother about the definition
of a disaster. She miscarried a week after the attack on Pearl