Just mention the word D-Day and scenes of honor, valor, self-sacrifice, and loyalty spring to life in the mind’s eye. The opening moments of Saving Private Ryan depict the horrors of war as valiant men charge into a German meat grinder; a driving rain of howling bullets and ringing shrapnel.
D-Day occurred on June 6, 1944; 70 years ago. American forces were commanded by First Army General Omar Bradley. Seventy-three thousand men participated in the largest amphibious operation in American military history since the Civil War. Utah and Omaha beaches composed the American zone and represented some of the most brutal fighting and acts of heroism. The operation was carried forward through acts of self-sacrifice and valor in the face of withering enemy fire but a toehold was established by which the entire continent of Europe was eventually liberated from Nazi domination.
The manpower and material required to mount such an onslaught was staggering in scale; accomplished by a people convinced of American rightness and greatness. But, modern liberals see America as the evil in the world. An effort like D-Day could never have been accomplished or even conceived by men of such odious sentiment.
America paid a staggering price in blood and treasure to achieve victory in Europe, yet we did not proceed as imperialists, hoarding to ourselves lands and treasure. In fact, we provided aid to the conquered axis powers to rebuild the cities destroyed by war. America demonstrated itself to be great and good. The claim of American imperialism shrivels to absurdity when modern events in the Middle East are considered. We have not conquered Afghanistan and Iraq to posses them but have yet again paid dearly in lives and money to destroy evil empires and their twisted despots. The future of both nations have been left in the hands of their people.
We are the inheritors of the same spirit that animated those noble soldiers to storm Normandy beaches were death reaved widely with his scythe. We are cut from the same cloth and harbor the same sentiments. We cling to the same founding documents and feel the righteousness of liberty’s cause. That is why we are shocked when President Obama conducts himself in a way that doesn’t communicate a faith in American exceptionalism. It simply isn’t in him.
There is real evil in the world; it flourishes in every oppressive and despotic regime. These regimes are not our equals but are inferiors. Liberty excels tyranny just as the sun outshines the moon. The cause of liberty is just and good as acolytes of despotism are evil. It is a simple calculus.