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An Ignominious Anniversary

It is perhaps fitting that an ignominious anniversary occurs today, Sunday being a fitting time for quiet reflection. On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed an executive order authorizing the interment of Japanese-American citizens. And his party has been busy dividing Americans by race and class ever since.

With an executive order, the rights of tens of thousands of Americans were eviscerated. And with the current President’s executive orders and administrative directives, Americans again see their rights to property, speech, religious practice, indeed their individual sovereignty, swallowed whole by the insatiable appetite of ever expanding government with the tacit approval and complicity of fellow travelers in the press and the terminally timid among us. 

As one of the comments on Ricochet said recently, the ice berg is approaching. Time is running short. The unthinkable happened before, and it can happen again. The friends of freedom need to find their voice soon, for as Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

Oh yes, one more thing. The legislation officially apologizing for the Japanese internment? That was signed by President Reagan too.