While we are waiting for the shoe to drop, the 75th anniversary of the Day Of Infamy, December 7, 1941, let us pause and remember. Let us remember how why we fought – The Four Freedoms of the Atlantic Charter – were gradually betrayed into a vapid identity politics (“political correctness”). The Four Freedoms idealism disappeared into what Oliver Stone calls a “tyranny of now”, where we do not comprehend the past but rush like brainless moths into the candle flame of the latest hot news.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Waiting For Infamy”, published to YouTube on December 6, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 9 minutes and 11 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Infamy is upon us! Yesterday’s video was still waiting for it, but today is the actual Day Of Infamy, marking 75 years since the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7, 1941.
On December 5th I happened across an historical series, directed by Oliver Stone: “The Untold History of the United States”. Consisting of several one-hour episodes, Stone’s documentary is at present available on YouTube and Netflix.
Is Oliver Stone biased? To an extent, yes. However who isn’t biased? Unless you are Buddha, you yourself have bias. Stone’s documentary includes excellent, rare historical footage. Watching The Untold History of the United States, you will step into the other person’s shoes and see things from their perspective, thereby gaining binocular vision and adding an extra dimension to your understanding.
A quibble I have is Stone’s obvious adulation of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). Stepping into the shoes of Herbert Hoover by reading his magnum opus, Freedom Betrayed, would give Oliver Stone himself binocular vision regarding FDR.
One thing I especially liked was Stone’s concept of “The Tyranny Of Now.” Here is how he tries to broach the concept at the start of the first episode, Chapter 1: World War II:
We live much of our lives in a fog. All of us. But I would like my children to have access to something that looks beyond what I call the tyranny of now. Watch the media and everyone talks about ‘that thing’, the news of the day. And all the subconscious, really important stuff that’s going on is being neglected.
Stone’s Tyranny Of Now concept jibes perfectly with my own veiled message repeated at the start of my videos: “Do not try to comprehend it all. Nay! Just eat the popcorn.” The news erupts like popcorn kernels popping, and we rush from kernel pop to kernel pop without any memory of the popping of yesterday.
Stone covers the Atlantic Charter of 1941, but does not dig into its deeper significance, as does Herbert Hoover in Freedom Betrayed. From the Atlantic Charter came “The Four Freedoms” – Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom From Fear, and Freedom From Want – the promise given to reluctant Americans and others as to “Why We Fight”. This promise of The Four Freedoms was tip-toed away from during World War II, as thoroughly documented by Herbert Hoover. The Soviet Union was one of our allies and promises of freedom of speech and religion were problematic for the then-Communist Russia. Over time, the Democrat Party lost sight of The Four Freedoms and they were replaced by the Frankfurt School Socialism of Identity Politics (“Political Correctness”), a fake leftism.
And syndicated columnist Gene Lyons, a liberal, now has come out attacking this Identity Politics, in the wake of the stunning defeat of the Democrat Party on November 8th. Lyons dares to call Identity Politics mere “race- and gender-based moral bullying.” He quotes from an essay by Columbia University historian Mark Lilla, who writes, “In recent years American liberalism has slipped into a kind of moral panic about racial, gender and sexual identity that has distorted liberalism’s message and prevented it from becoming a unifying force…” 
The Democrat Party is now “in the wilderness”, doing some soul searching. Perhaps it is time for them to change strategy and re-focus on The Four Freedoms.
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 “Finally, a debate about ‘identity politics'”, by Gene Lyons. Published locally in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, December 5, 2016. Page A-10.