Men, We Lost

That which we had so greatly feared has come upon us.

We knew if one day the fairer sex, the gentler souls ever united in the majority, we were doomed.

For centuries, men managed to keep women down and consider nothing more than chattel and help. Finally, women gained the right to be a person.

In the last century, we amended our most sacred document, the Constitution, to allow women power at the ballot box. But we, men, knew we could keep their power diluted by making sure that “politics” was a man thing. They would need our guidance in casting their vote.

Out of the tumultuous 1960s of free love and the zany disco age of the 1970s came women’s lib.

The beginning of the end. Today that most esteemed legal principle which has separated our great nation from all the rest has fallen.

A person is presumed innocent until found guilty by a jury of his or her peers.

There is a new law of the land.

A mere accusation of sexual impropriety is in itself a judgment of guilt.

It also disqualifies the accused from employment – whether in private or public spheres. Matters not if fact or fiction, right or wrong, committed during and under different moral standards, ethics or law, if the accuser seems credible – case closed.

Men, shut your mouths. Sit in the corner, Lick your wounds. The war is over before the battle began.

At this stage, the best men can do is to take comfort in this song and realize it is not a joke, but it is the real reality.

From the Cornfield, tear up the black book. Don’t text. Don’t call. If someone is interested, the person will let you know. Otherwise you risk an accusation of an unwelcomed advance.

A ‘Day of Infamy’

Today marks the 76th anniversary of the attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy on the US of A’s naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared the Monday after the attack:

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

The attack on Pearl Harbor was the oomph that helped push the US into World War II on the side of the Allies. But it was not the only factor, there were many more as well.

Not only did the Japanese launch an attack at Pearl Harbor that peaceful Sunday morning, but that same day attacked Guam, Wake Island, The Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Midway.

Eventually General Douglas MacArthur would utter the immortal words, “I shall return,” as he fled The Philippines as the Japanese occupied.

Thousands of American sailors and soldiers lost their lives that sleepy morning. Battleships still lie in rest in the harbor, the watery grave for American lives lost.

In recent years, commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day has seemed to fade. Perhaps in part it can be attributed to the fact that more and more of whom Tom Brokaw called, “The Greatest Generation, die off. The memory of that tragic day begins to fade as well.

An article detailing 5 myths about Pearl Harbor at TwinCities.com from a few years ago noted:

The attack on Pearl Harbor awoke America from its isolationist slumber and bolstered its charge into the Pacific war, but it did not spur entry into the European war. That happened when Nazi Germany and fascist Italy declared war on the United States on Dec. 11, compelling Roosevelt to respond in kind – thus committing the United States to a world war.

http://twincities.com/opinion/ci_19476298

From the Cornfield, I am hoping those who read this will stop and remember those sailors and soldiers whose lives were lost.

To “The Greatest Generation“, we salute your service, your action and how you kept the world “safe for democracy.”

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