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Opinion: Reflecting on Pearl Harbor and the New Danger We Face

This letter was written by Stephen Johnston, a longtime resident of Newport Beach. He graduated from Ensign, Newport Harbor, Orange Coast College and Long Beach State. He served four years in the Army during the Vietnam War.

Dear Friends,

I was born two years after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. My dad joined the Marines and was in the war when I was born. My life has been to some degree defined by this horrible time of war. However, like tragedies in all parts of our lives, there is usually a learning process and good can come from bad. In remembering Dec. 7 this year, I plan to remember what America did to respond to a very painful tragedy. We took a deep breath. We (my parents and a lot of wonderful patriots) were ready to sacrifice and work hard to defeat a horrendous evil. Most importantly, Americans coalesced in a way that was unsurpassed in history. We turned car manufacturers into tank makers in a matter of 30 days. We gave up butter and rubber. We sent our boys away and put their wives and girlfriends to work to build a superior force of weapons and support that had not been accomplished at any time in history.

What I am trying to say ... and probably redundantly (there are many more eloquent and capable than I) ... is that we are now in the same situation. Our country is in danger. The evil is not so discernible but is nonetheless a tremendous threat to our existence. We cannot stand still. We must remember "The Day of Infamy" and remake that profound response. We must put our best minds in control. We cannot be seduced by naysayers. We must search out and elect those who are Americans and not seeking reelection for "their party." Most importantly, we must think of ourselves as Americans ... not "haters of the other side." When we decide to work together to fight the real evil of paying-for-power prevalent in Washington today, of vitriolic condemnation of the "other side," we will be the wonderful country we were and can again be.

How do we do it? Look at my words. Words can change opinions and can motivate true patriots to speak up. Thomas Paine did it. So many others too. Become a sayer of truth and say what you believe. Say it in church. Say it with friends. Join in groups that speak to this truth. Get motivated to protect our "Pearl Harbor" ... before the bombing. It is your time. It is ours. God bless America and what we stand for. Get involved for the benefit of our children, our country and the world.

Stephen Johnston

Sally Telford December 08, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Very good article and you are right. Our nation and our Constitution are in real danger! Please take a look at s.1867 that was just passed in the Senate. It allows the government to arrest and jail any American without a trial. We all have to wake up to what is happening! Please research the United Nations Agenda 21 plan aka Sustainable Development aka Smart Growth aka Green aka ICLEI. It is a plan started in 1992 by Bush SR that will eventually eliminate all private property ownership, push people out of the rural area into the high rise apartments in the city, eliminate all forms of private travel and only public transportation will be allowed. The Progressives(Communist) have infiltrated our Whitehouse and our liberties are being swallowed up. Please check out www.freedomadvocates.org or www.morphcity.com for info on Agenda 21. Also check out www.agendadocumentary.com for information on the Progressive/Communist infiltration of our nation...Thank you and God bless us al.
Marsha Blea March 01, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I wish everyone in America could read Stephen Johnson's Opinion letter. God Bless America!

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