From Winston to Wimpy: WW2 History Too Much for Millennial

Freddie Bentley (described as a British reality TV star and “social media influencer”) says teaching kids about the Second World War could harm their mental well-being.

Snowflakes melt in glare of knowledge that there was a global conflict, that ended 74 years ago (in which 85 million died and whole areas of the earth were laid waste) – a war that shaped the history of the world for the rest of the 20th century and beyond.

The 23-year-old Brit says WW II was a “hard situation,” the knowledge of which hit him “like a ton of bricks.”  The Blitz, Auschwitz, the Gestapo – it’s all so depressing, says the Brit twit with (we are told) more than 100,000 Instagram followers.

Let them play those gentle video games instead.

Maybe teach “a little bit in primary school,” but why dwell on something that could upset my generation’s mental equilibrium, Freddie asks? Better teach the kiddies about things that are relevant to their pathetic existence – like Brexit, the gospel of Greta Thunberg and getting a mortgage — than this blood-toil-tears-and-sweat stuff.

Because, cupcake, if it weren’t for men like Churchill and Montgomery and Eisenhower and Patton and their contemporaries, your generation would be goose-steeping and sieg-heiling all over Piccadilly, and the Swastika would fly over Buckingham Place.

It’s true; the details of history are depressing – wars, revolutions, genocide, poison gas attacks, mass bombings of civilian populations. That’s why we have to force ourselves to learn them.

Some are glorious too – Churchill defying his war cabinet by refusing to negotiate with Germany in May 1940, the armada of pleasure craft that rescued 338,000 English and French soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, D-Day, lifting the siege of Stalingrad, the Battling Bastards of Bastagone, the Warsaw Ghetto uprising and the fall of the Third Reich.

Freddie and his contemporaries act as if democracy, human rights, the 40-hour work week, and  material well-being all sprung from the head of Zeus full-grown, instead of being hard-won achievements that required millennia of struggle, sacrifice and suffering.

The world ends not with a bang but with fatuities. Reality is such a downer. Unicorns, fluffy pink clouds and rainbows for us.
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By |2019-11-08T14:41:03+11:00November 8th, 2019|Authors, Children, Freedom, World|0 Comments

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Don Feder was a Boston Herald editorial writer and syndicated columnist from June 1983 to June 2002. For 19 years, his twice-weekly column appeared in the Herald, New England’s second largest newspaper. On February 28, 2002, the paper published his 2,000th column. Feder’s column was syndicated and carried by more than 40 newspapers and e-magazines nationwide. His writings have also appeared in USA TODAY, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, American Enterprise, Front Page Magazine, Human Events, American Thinker and GrassTopsUSA. Feder has traveled extensively in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. He is the 1998 recipient of the International Communications Award of the Republic of China on Taiwan. Feder is also the recipient of the 1984 Distinguished Editorial Journalism Award from The Conservative Caucus of America, the 2002 Warren T. Brooks Award from Massachusetts Citizens for Limited Taxation, the Princeton Ivy Leaguers for Freedom Award in October 1999, the Second Amendment Foundation’s 1985 James Madison Award, The World Congress of Families’ 2016 Family And Truth Award and the First Place Prize in the Amy Foundation’s Writing Contest for Projecting Biblical Truths in the Secular Media in 1992. Since leaving the Boston Herald in 2002, Feder has served as a communications consultant, writer and conference organizer for various pro-life and pro-family NGOs. Feder worked with the World Congress of Families from 2006 to May 2018, first as Communications Director, and later as Coalitions Director and Coordinator of Regional Conferences. He was the editor of World Congress of Families News and the organization’s Leadership Memos. He spoke at WCF II (Geneva) WCF III (Mexico City), WCF IV (Warsaw), WCF V (Amsterdam), WCF VI (Madrid), WCF IX (Salt Lake City), WCF X (Tbilisi) and WCF XI (Budapest). He also helped to organize World Congress of Families regional conferences in Trinidad, Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, London, Paris, Belgrade, Moldova, Moscow, Ulyanovsk (Russia), Riga (Latvia), Malawi, Abuja (Nigeria), and Nairobi. Besides his work for World Congress of Families, Feder helped to organize The Interfaith Zionist Leadership Summit (2003), The War on Christians Conference (2006) – both in Washington, D.C. -- and The Constitution or Sharia Conference (2011) in Nashville, TN. He is currently the Coalitions Director of the Ruth Institute. Feder is a graduate of the Boston University College of Liberal Arts (BA in political science) and the Boston University Law School (JD). He passed the bar in New York and Massachusetts and practiced law in upstate New York (1973-1976). Prior to writing for the Boston Herald, he was Executive Director of Massachusetts Citizens for Limited Taxation (1976-1979) and the Second Amendment Foundation (1979-1982). He is married to Andrea (formerly Mills), is the father of four children and grandfather of three. He was born sometime in the last century.

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