To the editor:
Thank you for your opinion piece "Pearl Harbor words continue to echo" (Dec. 7.) The words of the speech President Franklin D, Roosevelt delivered before the joint session of Congress 72 years ago are as powerful and meaningful today as they were in 1941.
You state, "Roosevelt's words remain forever powerful, not constrained by attempts at being politically correct ..." Yet, today, they are so constrained.
The new World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., (the same memorial the Obama administration in recent weeks blockaded to visitors, including Armed Forces veterans who fought that war) has a quote of FDR's on the Pacific side. The quote, however, is incomplete. On the memorial, the speech ends, "With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph." However, Roosevelt didn't stop there. As presidents since George Washington had done, he ended with a plea for divine assistance: "So help us God."
The politically correct factions have edited out this plea for God's help, just as they stopped prayer in schools, ended reference to the deity in many invocations and benedictions at public ceremonies, removed the Ten Commandments from the courthouses, taken down Christmas nativity scenes, etc.
How will future generations know that our leaders of the past called on God's help if we allow the politically correct factions to "sanitize" our memorials and rewrite our history?
I grieve that our future citizens may never know that it was only with God's help that the United States of America became the greatest nation in history.
God bless America.
Retired Cmdr. Stephen Portenlanger