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Pat McMahon

Updated Aug 14, 2014 - 6:50 am


Check your history books: for the United States, World War I began in 1917, when we declared war on Germany.

The official end, or armistice, was two years later, when Germany said, "We give up!" Everybody knows, that for our country, World War II unofficially began with Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. The next day the president and Congress officially declared war on Japan. That country surrendered unconditionally in 1945, and that, forever, put an end to America going to war.

It's 2014 and apparently we've been at peace all this time. That's certainly constitutionally true. What about Korea and Vietnam and the Persian Gulf and Iraq and now Afghanistan? Well, interestingly, those thousands and thousands of lives weren't lost during war time.

The rules about an official declaration of war by Congress were just ignored, so there was no official beginning, and have you noticed, ever since WWII there hasn't really ever been an end?

Maybe that's why nobody ever wins anymore -- after a while people just stop shooting, and just like old soldiers, the sounds of battle and death just fade away.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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