These are the words Winston Churchill spoke a month after taking office as Prime Minister of Britain on May 10, 1940. The films, “Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk” made me realize how true the saying, “if you don’t know history, you are bound to repeat it. “
When Churchill took office he was despised, not only by the opposition party, but by his own party as well. King George considered him a lose canon. He was unfiltered, outspoken, brash and impatient. Every branch of the government was working and conspiring against him. England was in desperate straights. Hitler had swept across Europe and had the British Army surrounded on the beaches of Dunkirk. British ships were too big to get close enough to Dunkirk and too vulnerable to German planes, torpedo boats and submarines to evacuate the troops. England was on the verge of losing most of their army. If France fell, England would be next.
Churchill’s war cabinet was pressuring him to enter into peace negotiations. Churchill’s instincts were to fight but his troops were trapped in Dunkirk. Three days after he took office he spoke to Parliament and said, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat”. He then replied, “You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word….Victory. Victory! Victory at all costs….Victory! However long and hard the road may be, for without it there is no survival.”
Churchill’s plight makes me think of President Trump’s. When Trump took office his opposition despised him as well as most of his own party. He too was an outsider. Unfiltered, outspoken, brash and impatient. America too was facing invasion. Not a military invasion, a stealth invasion.
Churchill faced seeing a Nazi flag flying over Buckingham Palace. If Trump hadn’t become President we faced seeing a Muslim or Mexican flag flying over the Capitol. Under Progressive administrations in addition to the million legal immigrants America brings in and unknown by most American citizens, the UN Global Compact on Migration required us to take in several hundred thousand more from mostly Muslim countries. More come in from Refugee programs, more from the Visa Lottery and even more from open borders. Progressives basically want anyone and everyone to be able to come into this country. Due to the fact that the majority of these migrants are from third world countries, are uneducated and unskilled they not only place an enormous financial burden on the American citizens, they are changing our culture and traditions. The results of the stealth invasion of America would be little different than a military invasion.
A little over a month after Churchill took office he spoke to the people, “….the battle of France is over. I expect the battle of Britain is about to begin…..Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into the broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and it’s Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour’.”
“….perhaps more sinister, perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science”. I don’t know if that meant to him what it means to us today, but I find it interesting that he used those words. Today our liberty is being eroded by “perverted science” that is, indeed, sinister.
One of the differences with what Churchill faced then and what Trump faces now, is that for Churchill, both parties were trying to save the country. They differed on how to accomplish that but they wanted to preserve the English way of life. Churchill was able to speak to each side and then bring them together in the end. I don’t believe Trump has that possibility. His opposition (from both parties) isn’t trying to preserve the American way of life or even the sovereignty of the country. They are determined to oppose everything Trump wants to do even if it’s good for the country. Trump’s opposition isn’t trying to prevent an invasion, they are welcoming one.
Like Churchill, Trump succeeds when he goes to the people. Churchill asked individual citizens if they were willing to live under German rule. They told him in no uncertain terms they would fight with broomsticks if necessary to defeat the Germans. Trump has asked individual citizens if they wanted to stop illegal immigration and secure the borders. They told him in no uncertain terms, YES!
Churchill inspired the citizens when on June 4, 1940 as he explained how the German eruption had swept Europe like a sharp scythe. He told them, “We shall not flag or fail. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans. We shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”
Faced with the prospect of signing a peace agreement, which would force him into exile, King George gave his support to Churchill in the end. We know what happened next. Hundreds, if not, thousands of private English boats sailed across the channel to Dunkirk and rescued most of the troops. Once back on English shores they added additional troops and gained the support of the United States to ultimately defeat the Germans.
Britain is again facing invasion, sadly, with no Churchill to defeat it. The leaders of the Europe Union, apparently, don’t know history. God bless England. God bless America.