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    Happy Victory Over Japan Day

    Happy Victory Over Japan Day

    Still celebrated only in Rhode Island, though to avoid committing a microaggression it’s called VJ Day.

    https://youtu.be/CZ85j6U2Fvs https://vimeo.com/5645171

    The only state which still celebrates Victory Over Japan Day is my home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

    Except, we can’t call it Victory Over Japan Day. Because that is a microaggression against Japan, even though they did start the war and we are celebrating victory over Japan.

    I’ve covered this holiday numerous times in the past.

    For more background, see my 2011 post, Happy Victory Day!

    You probably have no idea what I’m talking about.

    Victory Day, formerly known as VJ Day, formerly known as Victory Over Japan Day, no longer is celebrated anywhere in the U.S. except in my home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  It is celebrated the second Monday in August, even though Japan didn’t actually formally surrender until September 2, 1945

    Here is a video we played last year, Make Victory Over Japan Day great again!

    Apparently Victory Day isn’t politically correct enough, so someone invented a national holiday called “Spirit of ’45 Day.”

    It will always be Victory Over Japan Day to me.

    Although the celebration in the video below did not take place in Rhode Island, it’s a reminder of the original Victory Over Japan Day:

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    “Thanks to Truman’s courage, millions of Americans and Japanese lived.”

    Absolutely true, although back in 1945 (even with the complete ignorance of what Atomic Bombs were) the country would have been 90% plus in favor of it to end the war. They absolutely knew what an invasion would have meant (in terms of KIA telegrams and injured Marines, airmen and soldiers), they had been living that for years.


     
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    Milhouse | August 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Had Truman made a different decision, here’s what might have happened:

    HANGING HARRY TRUMAN
    Words and Music: Bill Roper
    © 2010

    (Chorus)
    They’re singing just for you as you’re sitting in your cell,
    Even though you didn’t need the warning.
    They’re waiting for the sunrise just to send you to hell,
    ‘Cause we’re hanging Harry Truman in the morning.

    Such a little man! Such a little mind!
    The accidental President we happened to find.
    Haberdasher heir to Roosevelt’s plan
    Turned out to be the dispensable man.
    No one elected you Commander-in-Chief.
    No one expected you would bring us such grief.
    Are you haunted by the faces you betrayed by your hand,
    Our American boys lying dead in Japan?

    Germany fell, Hitler was dead.
    V-E was here, Japan lay ahead.
    Now it was time to get the job done,
    Dying on the beaches of the Rising Sun.
    Nobody knew that you held in your hand
    The secret that could end the war in Japan.
    You thought that the Bomb was too awful to use,
    But how many lives were you willing to lose?

    (Bridge)
    One chance to bring this war to an end.
    One chance to save the lives of millions of men.
    You say it was wrong – you say we’d be cursed,
    But tell me what we did to Dresden wasn’t worse.

    Secrets close held, secrets no more.
    Tried by the Senate and thrown out the door.
    Rayburn backed down, Berlin fell alone,
    And Uncle Joe’s working on a Bomb of his own.
    They called it treason and put you on trial.
    When the sun comes up, you will walk your last mile.
    “To save us from horror,” was the reason you gave.
    Now millions are dead, so what life did you save?

    (Chorus twice)

    We’re hanging Harry Truman in the morning.

    ============================================================

    Here’s the author’s explanation of the song’s background:

    The U.S. won the war in this scenario, some time in 1947. But the invasion of Japan was incredibly costly in terms of both American and Japanese lives, living up to the expectations that millions would be killed.

    When the news came out after the Japanese surrender that Truman had held back the American super-weapon, because he felt it was too terrible to use, the public outrage was tremendous. The Democratic Congress (still so — they held control in the mid-term election with the war still on) impeached Truman and convicted him, removing him from office. By then, the order of Presidential succession had been changed, so Sam Rayburn became President. But a weakened America couldn’t deal with the Berlin Blockade, so Berlin fell to the Soviets.

    Meanwhile, charges of treason and dereliction of duty were brought against Truman for having kept the Bomb in his back pocket instead of using it. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to be executed on the first Wednesday in November of 1948.

    His pending execution was the subhead to the main — and accurate! — headline in that day’s Chicago Tribune:

    “Dewey Defeats Thurmond”


     
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    Bitterlyclinging | August 15, 2017 at 5:53 am

    “Except, we can’t call it Victory Over Japan Day. Because that is a microaggression against Japan, even though they did start the war and we are celebrating victory over Japan.”

    6,871 dead Marines on Iwo Jima, 12,000 dead soldiers sailors and Marines on Okinawa are all flushed down the memory hole for the sake of PC.
    A PC that ignores Buraq Hussein Obama’s single handed creation of Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and ISIS. Who the frog was Buraq Hussein Obama working for?
    Who is the media, Obama’s Praetorian Guard, working for?
    Quelle legacy?


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