Winston Churchill’s July 4 Message to America
Allies in War, in Peace Friends.
12:30 AM, Jul 4, 2010 • By JOSEPH LOCONTE
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Thanks in part to Churchill’s Independence Day speech, America would join Britain’s “righteous purposes” in defending freedom against the immoral monstrosity of fascism. There are, of course, new monstrosities and barbarisms in our own day, new threats to human dignity and decency. Alas, there is also a new fraternity of defeatists eager to accommodate them. Churchill’s speech is a bracing challenge to both English-speaking nations to resist the siren song of appeasement and renew their commitment to democratic freedom—and to one another.
Joseph Loconte is a lecturer in politics at the King’s College in New York City and a frequent contributor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD. His most recent book is The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm.
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