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Today, September 2nd, marks the 77th anniversary of the formal end of World War II - the signing in 1945 of the Japanese surrender aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. 

Who would have thought, these 77 years later, that we'd have a ground war in Europe and the strong chance of military action in the western Pacific, this time with Japan on our side, and China as the enemy?  History doesn't repeat itself, but the psychology of history certainly does.

The youngest American veteran of World War II will this year be 94, having been born in 1928.  They are almost all gone, that greatest generation, and we miss them.

 

SO SORRY, SO SORRY:  President Biden, taking a well-deserved beating for his absurd speech about the national soul, is now backtracking.   I never said it, I never said it.  Did you actually hear me say it?  It was someone else.  The president as Jackie Mason.

Yikes.  From Daily Mail: 

President Joe Biden walked back his attacks on Donald Trump's MAGA supporters, saying on Friday he doesn't consider 'any Trump supporter a threat to the country.'

'I don't consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country,' the president said at the White House.

It was a contrast to his remarks on Thursday night when, in a primetime address on the threat to democracy, he said Trump and his supporters were a threat to the republic.

Republicans slammed Biden's speech as divisive while Trump said Biden was 'insane.'

Biden toned down his tough talk on Friday, defending supporters of the former president. In response to a question after an event on federal manufacturing grants, Biden said Trump supporters weren't voting for violence. 

He said the 74 million people who voted for Trump 'weren't voting for attacking the capital. They weren't voting for overruling the election. They were going for a philosophy he put forward.' 

He did condemn the Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol in the January 6th insurrection and those who attempted to overturn the 2020 election results.

'I do think anyone who calls for the use of violence, fails to condemn violence when it's used, refuses to acknowledge an election has been won, insists upon changing the way in which we rule and count votes, that is a threat to democracy. Democracy. Everything we stand for, everything we stand for rests on the platform of democracy,' he said.

In his speech on Thursday night, Biden gave a notably different message.

He said Trump is a 'threat to the country' in remarks that contained his harshest rhetoric to date about his predecessor in the Oval Office and the MAGA movement.

'Equality and democracy are under assault. We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise,' Biden declared at the top of his remarks before Philadelphia's Independence Hall.

He called out Trump by name, slamming the former president for his false claim the 2020 election was stolen and berating those who support Trump.

'Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represented extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,' Biden said to great applause from his supporters.

COMMENT:   It might be wise for Mr. Biden to take another one of his famous vacations.  I suggest three to four months.  Microphones and Microsoft Word would be banned.  He would get a cable TV tuned only to the Disney channel.  Kamala will visit and bring cookies.

It's the humane thing to do.

September 2, 2022