Days of infamy, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder

Days of infamy, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder

If we learned anything from the Supreme Court’s June 24, 2022 release of their decision to overturn the 49-year precedent of Roe v Wade, it’s that one woman’s day of infamy is another woman’s reason to celebrate.

While the 6-3 decision brought out pro-choice defenders in droves, there were still plenty of so-called pro-life juggernauts out to greet them.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously said, Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

On December 7, 2021, President Joe Biden signed Public Law 103-308 declaring every December 7th to be National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

For most Americans, December 7 is, indeed a day to live on in infamy. For Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, it was a date of internal conflict. In his diary, Admiral Yamamoto, who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor, said, I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.

While enthusiastically favoring a war with America, Yamamoto knew that a prolonged war with the blossoming industrial nation would be disastrous for Japan.

Yamamoto never saw his fears realized, as he was shot down in April of 1943 on a flight from Rabaul to Balalae over the Pacific Ocean.

On the other side of the world, Brits may have slyly smirked as news of the Pearl Harbor attack reached their shores. They had already been reeling from Hitler’s Blitz air attacks for more than a year and were probably more than a little relieved that America would be pushed into active participation in the war now engulfing Europe.

Japanese-Americans may remember the day their families were rounded up and shipped off to internment camps as days of infamy. For Japanese nationals, August 6, 1945, the day that the United States unleashed the first nuclear weapon on Hiroshima is, understandably a day to live on in infamy.

Same with August 9, 1945, when nuclear destruction rained down on Nagasaki. September 2, 1945, the date of Japan’s official surrender still lives in infamy for many Japanese.

Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan and Harry S. Truman attacked them with nuclear destruction. Between the two, there are plenty of days living on in infamy.

For many of us, the dates September 11 (2001), January 6 (2021) and June 24 (2022) are all dates we can readily add. And now, July 4 (2022) for residents of Chicago suburb, Highland Park, Illinois.

As we have seen though, we don’t all share the same feelings about those dates. Right wing Breitbart has already begun attacking Highland Park for an ineffectual assault weapon ban.

Some think the entire past term of our rogue SCOTUS will live in infamy. Protections and rights were stripped away with abandon, like old wallpaper. Women, children and minorities of all description were cast aside and left to fend for themselves, often against helmeted citizens carrying weapons of war.

Even the planet, itself was not spared the effects of hyper-partisan, lobbyist interference. The party without a platform assaulted relentlessly, hammering away at the most vulnerable in our society.

Well, drink up folks. We’ve got from now until October to drown our sorrows and steel ourselves for the Court’s next term, which will undoubtedly continue to scorch the soul of our nation and strengthen the grip of religious rule in America.

Welcome to the age of the American Taliban.

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