As the mainstream media quietly tip toes around the fact that today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day – choosing instead to avoid the topic altogether, the White House just as quietly issued the following statement from President Obama:
Statement by the President on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
On January 27th, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honor the memories of the 6 million Jews and millions of other innocent victims whose lives were tragically taken during the Holocaust over sixty years ago. Those who experienced the horrors of the cattle cars, ghettos, and concentration camps have witnessed humanity at its very worst and know too well the pain of losing loved ones to senseless violence.
But while this is a time for mourning and reflection, it is also the time for action. On this day, we recall the courage, spirit, and determination of those who heroically resisted the Nazis, exemplifying the very best of humanity. And like these courageous individuals, we must commit ourselves to resisting hate and persecution in all its forms. The United States, along with the international community, resolves to stand in the way of any tyrant or dictator who commits crimes against humanity, and stay true to the principle of “Never Again.”
By remaining vigilant against those who seek to perpetrate violence and murder, we honor those we lost during one of the darkest periods in human history. And we keep their memory alive for generations to come.
It’s estimated that 11 million people were murdered during the Holocaust, 6 million of them Jewish. It is my sincere prayer that no race or nationality of people ever again find themselves at the mercy of such a brutal regime, but it’s possible. If we aren’t steadfast in our resolve to hang on to our liberties and our rights as Americans to bear arms, it could even be perceived as a likely scenario, for it’s the return fire that keeps potential dictators in check. It’s for this reason and other similar reasons that the people of America must continue to be armed and continue to hold our leaders in check with every resource at our disposal, now and in the future, for deep within every mans heart is the potential to abuse power and privilege.
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and as long as meager men seek to attain the thrones of power we – the humble masses – will always have the need to protect ourselves from their transgressions, for if given the opportunity many would assume power and never relinquish it, destroying liberty and our lives along the way.
On this day, we remember …