Michelle Obama: Victory Garden Part 1

by CJFosdick on April 5, 2009

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Michelle Obama is planting a garden at the White House with the help of children, the first to be planted there since Eleanor Roosevelt. This is laudable and some may think my objection is nit-picking. But to me, it is huge. Michelle is calling her garden a victory garden, just as Eleanor called her garden a Victory Garden. But it is not the same.

Although I was only two when World War II started, I remember it vividly. America was in a fight for its very survival. Every ounce of resources, every fiber in our bodies, everything we did in our country went toward the war effort. Among War Issues, the Home Front was as important as the boys fighting. We were afraid of Germany attacking our shores; thus we had blackouts so that overhead planes would not be able to see where to drop their bombs. We rounded up Japanese from the West Coast and sent them to concentration camps in the desert. Some see this as a dark page in America, but Japanese were catching air currents to send bombs connected to balloons to America’s the West Coast, and it seemed like the thing to do at that time. One Japanese sympathizer could have lost us the war. My Dad took two jobs, saying that this was his way of serving his country, because he was too old to go fight.

I remember saving everything, even bacon grease, for the war effort. I remember my family buying War Bonds, proudly, saying this money would help in winning the war. I remember rationing, scrap metal drives, saving used tires, doing without and learning not to complain. I remember my mother, who valued life more than anything else, saying grimly that if the Germans got to America, she would kill a few before they got her. Even our children’s magazines had notices saying, “Loose lips sink ships.” WE HAD TO WIN THE WAR.

I remember planting Victory Gardens and being told that we had to be prepared as Americans to fend for ourselves if we were invaded — and to fight on our shores if the enemy came.

I have often thought that if brave American troops fighting oversees today had the backing of America’s home front like in World War II, then the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars would have long been over. But the lives of most everyday Americans haven’t been touched. Unless you have been over to fight yourself or have sent loved ones over, perhaps even lost a loved one, Americans are hardly aware of what is going on in these wars. Liberal media and rabid left-wingers have made sure the American public is in the dark. Now that success has finally been achieved in Iraq, where is the fanfare, the victory celebrations, the almost idolization of returning troops like there was at the end of World War II?

Michelle, plant your garden. This is good. But DON’T CALL IT A VICTORY GARDEN. VICTORY GARDENS ARE SACRED IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO DEFILE THIS HALLOWED MEMORY. Your garden is far from a Victory Garden.

But, take heart, you can earn the right to call yours a Victory Garden.

P.S. I am starting a new blog in which I will not post as often, but will post lengthier articles about American Political Issues. Stop by and say hi!

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