By Joe Ragonese
Wait, you never heard of Victory Day? That’s probably because this will be the first. Victory Day is the celebration of We the people, those of us who made a difference when it mattered most. There have been only four times in our nation’s 242 year history when our actions determined the fate of America.
The first was in 1775, when George Washington was elected by the Continental Congress, a body elected by the people, to represent them in forming an independent nation. His election as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army put into motion all that followed to creat this exceptional nation.
As you cannot take a point out of history without providing context, allow me to remind you of the state of this nation at the time. The American Colonies were almost equally divided by those who wished to remain loyal British subjects, those who didn’t care, and those rebels who wanted independence.
This division set neighbors against each other and violence by all sides was at the breaking point. It was only due to the arrogance of the crown that better than half of all colonists finally came together to fight for our independence, led by General George Washington. That act of arrogance was their attempt to disarm us. We knew that if they took our guns, they owned us. It was the kind of tyranny that most fled from when coming to America. That was the act that finally joined the majority of Americans into a rebellion. The Tories continued to commit violent acts against We the People; however, in the end good triumphed over evil. America was born.
Once our independence had been won, General George Washington stopped the military from taking control of this new nation, and directed the Congress to form a government of the people without kings, monarchs or would be tyrants.
George Washington set this nation on the path that it looks like today. Without him, the United States would look much differently. Serving as Commander of the Continental Army, a position that he postured for, petitioned for, and won over some others who may have been better generals, he won a series of impossible victories that changed the course of the world, while Making America Great.
Eighty six years after George Washington won election as the first Commander in Chief, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States, and the very first Republican President.
His election fulfilled the dream of the First Continental Congress, who, even though they allowed slavery to continue, knew that it was the antithesis to the Constitution itself. In the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, the document that set the standard for all that followed, we outlined what this nation was to become: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Slavery did not fit that paradigm.
In April, 1861, when President Lincoln took office, this nation was already in a state of undeclared civil war. Hatred from both sides led to death and destruction. Bloody Kansas left a trail of dead and wounded across Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska, a path that led all the way to Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, where John Brown tried, at the cost of his life, to formally start hostilities. Between North and South, animosity was at a level between citizens that had only been known prior to the fight for independence.
Americans were at each other’s throats, ready for blood and no amount of logic or reason was going to stop it. While Abraham Lincoln only lived four more years, he set into motion a series of events that altered the course of America, until the 20th Century changed everything; once again. His inevitable choice of Ulysses S. Grant as Commander in Chief of the Union Army, proved to be pivotal following his assassination; as Grant became the 18th President, and fulfilled Lincoln’s dreams of reunifying the south with the north.
The 20th Century was complicated, but shaped by the Great Depression and constant losses after our greatest victory in World War II. The monetary collapse of October 1929, set into motion the election of a man ill equipped to handle the intricacies of the financial system of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt.
Roosevelt was an elitist who thought that he knew more than any ordinary citizen, aka, you and me. He was a socialist who believed in the Bismarckian socialist ideals that have taken Europe to the brink of financial collapse, and cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Gary, and Chicago into disaster.
Every project started by Roosevelt, including Social Security, was a Ponzi scheme that could only continue with constant massive infusions of taxpayer money. His only lasting legacy today is Social Security, which is in ill health. Every regulation instituted by Roosevelt caused massive suffering to the American people.
The problem was that he was a very popular President, and the people believed in him. He, and the Democratic Party, insisted that they were the party for the little guy, even though their policies held the little guy in low regard. The Great Depression set into motion a constantly growing government, and a victim class of citizens who grew ever more dependent on governmental largess.
Yet the people believed the lie so much, that the Democratic Party remained in almost constant control of congress from 1933, until defeated in 1994. That is 61 years of constant Democratic leadership. Democrats did not serve America well, constantly raising taxes and spending on social projects that had little to do with improving the lives of average Americans, you know, the little guy.
After our victory in WWII, America found itself in a constant state of losing prestige around the world. It started with a stalemate in Korea, followed by being outshot in space, followed by defeat at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba, followed by defeat in Vietnam, followed by the resignation of President Nixon, followed by lines at the gas station, the worst economy in memory, and then a two-bit nation, Iran, held American hostages for 444 days. In turn, the hostages were paraded in front of the world’s cameras to humiliate us further, while an inept President wrung his hands, did nothing and when he finally took action, the nation’s lack of military readiness culminated with our humiliation and the loss of American lives at Desert One in Iran.
While America was not close to war with itself, as we were the first two times, something needed to change America. We were so depressed by events, something big needed to be done to rectify it. Along came our savior in the form of an actor in a cowboy hat, Ronald Reagan. His election as president on November 4, 1980, changed our history for the next 36 years and gave Americans pride in their nation once again.
When Ronald Reagan was elected to office, one more victory day for the American People occurred, as massive numbers of people went to the polls to defeat an incompetent President. Just a note in history, right up to Election Day the leftist press told us that there was no way that Reagan could beat Carter. That there was no path to victory for Reagan; it was over, no need to even go to the polling places. We did go, in such massive numbers, that Carter was defeated before the polls closed west of the Mississippi River. On Election Day, the press went into overdrive trying to explain why they lied to us. 2016 proved to be déjà vu from 1980.
Reagan was optimistic, upbeat, and a really good President. Even though saddled with a Democratic Congress, he was able to defeat Communism, and turn around a depressed economy that had left citizens in lines for gas, a 78% tax rate, double digit inflation, the highest interest rate ever in America, and an economy going nowhere, all courtesy of the Democratic Party.
Reagan lowered taxes and resurrected the economy so well that for the first time since WWII, most Americans had a disposable income. We were on the path to American Greatness, once again. His choice for Vice-President; however, George H.W. Bush, was a poor choice, and after bringing him into the White House on his shirt tails, Bush single handedly destroyed the trust America had in the Republican Party. George H.W. Bush is a RINO.
Clinton beat Bush for re-election, but he was such a leftist, that the American people became frightened, and in 1994, after 61 years of Democratic control of congress, a Republican Congress took Clinton to task and made him tow the line. As a result, he had one of the best economies of any President, until Trump. Clinton was not a good President, he simply was happy to be led by Republicans. These were real fiscal Republicans, who held down Clinton’s baser instincts to tax and spend, and even though they couldn’t completely control him, they kept the economy surging.
Their economy was based on President Reagan’s “Trickle down Economics” theory. Clinton only survived because of Reagan economics. George W. Bush came next, and he, like his father, thought trickle down was ‘voodoo economics.’ Bush changed everything, leading to the worst financial collapse since the 1929 disaster.
Bush then compounded the problem, by bailing out corporations that he deemed, “too large to fail.” Of course there is no such thing. It was a manifestation of Bush’s world view imagination. Had he simply let these large banks fail, the economy would not have collapsed so completely. The only ones who made out well during that financial crisis, were the big international banks; you know, those who donated to Bush and Republicans (RINOs), and Democrats alike.
Barack Obama replaced Bush, and as a dedicated communist, he had no intention of revitalizing our economy. He did everything he could to wreck it; and did it very well. It is the miracle of the Capitalist system that even without governmental input, as well as with governmental interference, our economy was able to grow in small amounts. Not enough to rebound, rather just enough that some of us survived, and enough for Barry O to hang his hat on, saying it was because of him; even though it was in spite of him.
Eight years of disastrous over regulation from Obama, combined with the takeover of the health care system, and a jobless rate that hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression, left most Americans in fear for tomorrow. That was combined with a resurgence in violent crime, much of it black against white; as Obama caused a revival of racist politics and class warfare, as well as a drug epidemic.
And then along came Donald J. Trump; a fearless businessman whose only reason for tossing his hat into the ring was because he wanted to “Make America Great Again.” He gave hope to those of us who could not find work, remember Clinton sent our jobs south of the border, while Obama created the least job friendly atmosphere ever seen, and lifted our spirits, which had been beaten down by globalists who didn’t like We the People.
So, one year ago, on November 4, 2016, we trekked to the polls in massive numbers and defeated a person who wanted to put the final stake into the heart of America. It was a fabulous victory, and it took hundreds of millions of us to go to the polls to defeat Democratic fraud, illegal and dead voters. We prevailed, and with it created a world changing victory, the likes of which have only been seen three times before.
So on November 4, Fly the American Flag proudly, and take the time to do something nice for yourselves, take the family to dinner at your favorite restaurant, or buy a steak or lobster to toss on the grill. Victory Day is a celebration of all of the American People who turned defeat into VICTORY. You made it happen, and the time has come to celebrate the Greatness of this Nation, made possible by real Americans.
Happy Victory Day Everyone; and many more to come!