Seventy-five years ago, tens of thousands of brave and selfless young men from the United States, Canada and Great Britain took part in the largest seaborne invasion history has ever seen. It was carried out on the beaches of Normandy, France, and propelled by the ideal that no one man should dominate others, no foreign power should be allowed to conquer another.
In coordination with young people from the French Resistance who staged elaborate pre-invasion sabotage against Hitler’s invaders, we ousted the dreaded Nazis from their unlawful occupation of France. After much blood was shed on those beaches, surviving warriors and comrades arriving later would go on to rescue western Europe from German domination as well. The Nazi regime was crushed. Democracy emerged alive and well.
It all began on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and while thousands of young lives were lost during the fight against Nazism, the Allied invasion at Normandy is considered one of the greatest military operations in the history of mankind.
Today, many young people – always on a quest for something different, something to believe in – apparently think socialism is the way to go. They march on streets instead of beaches. They carry signs instead of combat gear, signs that read, “Fight for the Socialist Revolution!” They refuse to entertain any viewpoint other than their own, insisting that those with differing ideas be silenced and vilified. They worry about identity politics instead of politics that offer something for everyone. When the tough times come, they look for safe rooms to soothe their anxieties. A massive difference in the attitude of young people from 1944.