Seventy-five years ago today the U.S. and our Allies undertook the greatest battle for freedom and invaded Nazi-occupied France.
They knew the risk and challenge. General Eisenhower was prepared to accept responsibility if the invasion failed, as any great leader would.
Germany's Field Marshall Erwin Rommel comprehended the significance. The invasion of Europe would begin with the "Longest Day".
The Normandy landings by air and sea were hard fought, with thousands of allied troops paying the ultimate sacrifice to liberate Europe from fascism.
Within a year, Nazi Germany was defeated.
How the wheel turns.
Today the "America First" president has undermined the alliance born of that conflict. Our Right Wing Authoritarian leader demeans and bickers with allies as he praises tyrants.
But that's all fine with the clueless dupes and empowered white nationalists of his base. Their Orange Fuhrer can do no wrong. Right Wing Authoritarian followers are loyal to their authoritarian leader, every bit as loyal as Hitler's followers.
The Leader proved he understands this, by bragging he could shoot someone down in the street and his cult would remain loyal.
White nationalists, Klansmen, and Nazis love him.
Many would shout, "Hail, Trump". Jews and Blacks would be gunned down by some of them. Liberals would be run over. Bombs would be sent to the targets of their Leader's rage and anger.
They share the Leader's white nationalism, and demand the imprisonment of political opponents. They join their Leader in accusing his opponents and critics of treason.
Trumpism clearly shares these doctrines with Nazism.
We don't want to find out how far they would follow him into totalitarianism. We're seeing quite enough already.
And they won't relinquish power willingly. Expect them to challenge the election if their Tangerine Tyrant loses. This is a long way from over.
They are fanatics.
They would rather praise their leader than honor the warriors against fascism.
Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, gushed, "We are celebrating the anniversary, 75 years of D-Day. This is the time where we should be celebrating our president, the great achievements of America, and I don’t think the American people like the constant negativity.”
Right. And she would probably just love to crack the champagne bottle at the launching of the newest aircraft carrier, "USS Bone-Spurs".
Just ask that woman what she thinks of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, our greatest wartime president since Lincoln. She would call him a socialist commie like all the other fascists did. Just like they accuse Democrats of being socialists and commies today.
I'm pretty sure she's another "very fine person".
The German Nazis were defeated, but their heirs live on. Understand this. The struggle against fascism never ends.
But freedom-loving people of the world will always honor those who served, and remember the Longest Day, as long as we survive and defeat the "Longest Presidency".
A final word:
After the war Bertolt Brecht warned:
"Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again."