Today marks the 131st anniversary of the birth of the greatest man of the last century–Sir Winston Churchill. Born on November 30, 1874, at Blenheim Palace in England, he would go on to lead Britain against the greatest evil of his time — Nazism and later warn the world of the dangers of the next great evil of the twentieth century — Communism.
In the 1930s, he stood virtually alone, warning the world about the threat of Nazism. In 1940, upon taking the helm of the British government, he rallied a nation, fearful for its future, its survival even, after the swift defeat of its European allies as the Nazis & their allies enslaved nearly all of continental Europe.
Through it all, he never faltered, always held firm, believing that as dark as things appeared, the West would triumph, victory was on the horizon. He stood up to the naysayers of his day and stood strong against tyranny, defending Western civilization and the long English tradition of freedom under the law. He was a friend of the Jews and other then-oppressed peoples.
His greatest successors, Lady Thatcher and Tony Blair, the current resident at 10 Downing Street, have followed his lead in standing up against tyranny. Lady Thatcher joined her great friend Ronald Reagan in leading the struggle against Communism. Tony Blair joins President Bush in leading the fight against Islamofascism on behalf of all free peoples as well as people longing to free, including those in Muslim lands.
And like Ronald Reagan, Churchill was a great storyteller who often used humor to entertain — and make his points.
Because of the strong friendship between Churchill, a Tory (i.e., Conservative) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat, the Allies were better able to triumph against fascism. And we see a similar friendship between the two men who hold the offices these men once did. President Bush and Prime Minister Blair (like their two predecessors) may come from different sides of the political aisle, but like those great men who came before them, they recognize the common national interests of our two great nations.
So, on this anniversary of Winston Churchill’s birth, take a moment a remember this great man. Take a look at this webiste and sample here his powerful prose. Had it not been for this great man, we might not be free today to speak so openly and criticize our leaders so regularly.
Happy Birthday, Sir Winston. And thank you. Thank you. We remember and we’ll always be inspired by your leadership.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com