We Need a Win

After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 Americans were despondent.  The propaganda machine was running 24/7 pumping out rah-rah stuff to bolster American resolve and boost the efforts to get men in uniform as quickly as possible.  But the beating the US Navy took at Pearl Harbor had shocked the American populace and devastated morale.

FDR was a shrewd judge of American sentiment and knew instinctively what was needed to boost that morale.  He told his War Department that the American people needed a symbolic act to prove that Japan hadn’t destroyed our ability to take the war to their door.  He wanted his generals to come up with a plan to hit the Japanese capitol, Tokyo.

The result of that order was the Doolittle Raid.  Basically, it was a suicide mission to send planes from an aircraft carrier to bomb Tokyo without enough fuel to return.  Sixteen five-man crews in B-25B medium bombers were launched from the USS Hornet under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle.  Each plane dropped its ton of bombs on Tokyo and the surrounding cities and then flew off to crash land somewhere in China.  Miraculously most of the crews survived the crashes and found their way back home.

The bombs made no meaningful dent in the Japanese war machine but the message to the Japanese was clear and the lift it gave to American morale was critical.  It proved that even knocked back on its heels by the Pearl Harbor defeat the US military was able to strike back at the very heart of the Japanese empire.  It had exactly the effect it was meant to have and provided the morale boost needed, well in advance of when the effects of war time production and military mobilization would allow a meaningful assault on Japan.

Here’s the analogy, the fraudulent electoral victory by the Left is our Pearl Harbor.  They have knocked us back with the dirtiest shot imaginable.  And we have nothing to counter it with.  Morale is rock bottom and more attacks are imminent.  We need a win.

We need a symbolic win.  Not something chaotic and irrational like the Capitol debacle that boomerangs on the participants.  We need an action that helps our side or hurts our opponents and for which they have no effective counteraction.  As I said it doesn’t have to be an important event or change.  But it does have to have some clear symbolism that says we are pushing back against the all-encompassing attacks of our enemies and that we can organize a resistance that can’t be crushed.

Somewhere in this vast land someone has to take back some small corner and successfully say, “On this spot Free America still exists and will not be overtaken.  And it can act as the foundation for a renewal of all that is good and normal and ours.

Whoever can do that will be the actual leader of something more than one hundred million Americans who are completely fed up with the evil that has degraded almost every single organization and entity that makes up the civic and business life of this country.  Maybe it will be a state governor or a state representative who takes that first step.  Or maybe it will be a businessman who steps up.  Or maybe it will be just some private citizen who figures out how to rally our people.  He’ll have to be smart and fearless and strong.  But smart especially.  Figuring out a move that can’t be counteracted is not easy.  But if he succeeds, he’ll be as famous as Washington, Jefferson or Lincoln.  Because he’ll have saved the greatest nation in history from falling into tyranny.

We need a win.

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