A Hero who embodied America's contribution to winning the fight for freedom

If you had to describe the century's geopolitics in one sentence, it could be a short one: Freedom won. Free minds and free markets prevailed over fascism and communism.

So a more suitable choice would be someone who embodied the struggle for freedom: Franklin Roosevelt, the only person to be TIME's Man of the Year thrice (for 1932, 1934 and 1941). He helped save capitalism from its most serious challenge, the Great Depression. And then he rallied the power of free people and free enterprise to defeat fascism.

Other great leaders were part of this process. Winston Churchill stood up to Hitler even earlier than Roosevelt did, when it took far more courage. Harry Truman, a plainspoken man with gut instincts for what was right, forcefully began the struggle against Soviet expansionism, a challenge that Roosevelt was too sanguine about. Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev helped choreograph the conclusion of that sorry empire's strut upon the stage. So too did Pope John Paul II, a Pole with a passion for both faith and freedom. And if you were to pick a hero who embodied America's contribution to winning the fight for freedom, it would probably be not Roosevelt, but instead the American G.I.

3 Response to "A Hero who embodied America's contribution to winning the fight for freedom"

  1. Anonymous 11/11/09 10:34
    Earl--I think Winston Churchill's words are as true today as they were in those dark days of WWII; Never was so much owed by so many to so few.

    To all our veterans on behalf of the SC6 Congressional District GOP please accept our gratitude and thanks for your service and duty to the United States of America...Tom Grimes SC6 District Chairman
  2. west_rhino 11/11/09 11:59
    Ditto Tom!

    BRAVO ZULU to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.

    Rhino out!
  3. Binden 12/11/09 04:28

    I came across your blog because I track Churchill for a book I recently published called Churchill's Secret Skills.

    Whilst researching the book it became clear just what a debt of gratitude Britain owed to the US. Long before Pearl Harbour Roosevelt was sending vital supplies and military equipment to help keep the light of freedom burning in Europe.

    Your use of the Churchill's quote is quite correct and applies equally today.

    The democratic world owes a great debt of gratitude to the magnificent US military's men and women for carrying on the fight to defend freedom and democracy. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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