I was fourteen years old 68 years ago when British, Canadian, American, Polish, French forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in an effort to compel German troops from only concentrating on the great Soviet army. I become infuriated when American college students refer to “the US winning World WarII.” American were only forty percent of those who landed. Despite bickering and conflict, it was an Allied effort which defeated Nazi Germany. Believe it or not, in those days no American politician was seeking newspaper headlines by blasting “the government.”
I miss the spirit of “community”which pervaded America during that time period. Every so often, our concern for one another was sharply challenged by forces of racism against Negro and Hispanic members of our community, but the spirit of changing our society went on. Today, Republicans will destroy economic recovery in order to gain votes. I simply do not understand this attitude. There are times when one’s political views are set aside for the greater needs of society.
We were so happy on June 6, 1944 because we knew it was the beginning of the end. I so wish to have that attitude today. Actually, I fear if Romney wins this November it is the beginning of a new Depression. Sometimes, I feel sad young Americans lack experiences in which all put aside petty feelings and thought about the needs of our society.