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Monday, June 04, 2007

US Constitution - Franklin Delano Roosevelt - 32nd President of the United States

D-Day, Normandy, June 6, 1944

For Today's Liberals, an Inconvenient Truth:

FDR Confronted Evil With Faith

Franklin Roosevelt was the most successful liberal Democrat of the 20th Century. But today, many liberals would be shocked to discover that when the United States and her allies began the liberation of Europe by landing at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, President Roosevelt went on national radio and led the American people in six minutes of prayer for our young men who were risking their lives to save our freedoms.

That's right. For the liberals today who don't understand what is at stake in Iraq, FDR would normally be their guiding light, if it weren't for this inconvenient truth: Roosevelt understood that there was evil in the world. And he understood that it was the moral duty of the United States of America to defeat that evil.

So when things grew tough at Guadalcanal, when there were great difficulties in North Africa, when there was enormous frustration in the battle of the North Atlantic, Roosevelt knew that the job of a free people was to find more resources, to acquire more courage, to innovate in more ways, and to never flinch -- to never contemplate a Congress legislating defeat -- but instead to be sure that the cause of freedom would win.

And he appealed to our faith as a nation to do it.

Audio of FDR's prayer here.

Text of FDR's D-Day Prayer here.

h/t Newt Gingrich

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