FDR’s Words: Wisdom From the Past to All Decent Americans as Trump Blows Off the Anniversary of the Start of WWII

By InsightAnalytical-GRL

A couple of days ago, on August 31, the 80th anniversary of the start of World War 2 was commemorated in Poland, which the Nazis invaded, September 1, 1939.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ww2-anniversary-poland/poland-marks-80th-anniversary-of-start-of-world-war-two-idUSKCN1VL0TL

WARSAW (Reuters) – Germany’s president asked for forgiveness for his country on Sunday for the suffering of the Polish people during World War Two as Poland marked 80 years since the Nazi German invasion that unleashed the deadliest conflict in human history.

The ceremonies began at 4:30 a.m. in the small town of Wielun, site of one of the first bombings of the war on Sept. 1, 1939, with speeches by Polish President Andrzej Duda and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Few places saw death and destruction on the scale of Poland. It lost about a fifth of its population, including the vast majority of its 3 million Jewish citizens.

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Trump, of course, took the opportunity of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian to skip out of this important event.  This may have been a good thing as he certainly would have ruined the solemnity of the occasion.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke these words as the conflict unfolded.  They are eerily prescient:

Franklin D Roosevelt

“There is a mysterious cycle in human events,” he declared. “To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.

“In this world of ours in other lands, there are some people who, in times past, have lived and fought for freedom, and seem to have grown too weary to carry on the fight. They have sold their heritage of freedom for the illusion of a living. They have yielded their democracy’.

It is time for all decent Americans to stay strong on this Labor Day, 2019.