[May 14, 2020] Army Vet writes to us today about the importance of strength and honor; that we lack these virtues and are suffering for it. He also emphasizes a common theme of his … that weak leaders are more common than we might think and they do serious harm.
Strength and the next battle: I have never advocated war except as a means of peace. Yeah, you heard that before and it was Union General Ulysses S. Grant writing about the U.S. Civil War a few years after the Confederacy surrendered. He learned a lot in battle, the hard way, and that the common condition of mankind is war. War is forever, peace only a brief respite to gather our strength, shore up our honor, and prepare for the next fight which is always on the horizon. Our problem? We have weak leaders during peacetime; effete, ignorant, artificial, mousy, and lousy; they infect our established political, economic, and military systems at every turn. Only war flushes them out into the open where we can see them and throw their asses out. If only we still had tarring and feathering as a form of public humiliation; punishment by the masses had its uses and it got the attention of those weak leaders who do us harm. Actually, I prefer to crush enemies of American like the bugs they are with overwhelming strength. Me? I’m prepared for the next battle.
There is no substitute for honor: I have been around a long time and see what war does to men. Being in the battle trenches with other soldiers who are part of your combat team is the height of living. You are alive. You see more, do more, and live more in those moments than sitting in your rocking chair, dreaming about dinner and comfortable shoes. Honor! Some dumb-ass once told me to my face that honor is for idiots; only making money and having a ‘honey’ in your bedroom is what matters. I punched him in the face. I couldn’t stand looking at his smug face anymore after listening him go on about how the American military is for suckers who can’t get a job anywhere else. I broke two fingers and also his jaw but it was worth it to see him crumple to the ground like the wet dishrag he was. Honor is what motivates us and keeps us going when there is nothing else. Without honor, the highest achievement is without value. Without honor, having everything means nothing. Honor is a tribute to man’s ability to survive and win. Weak leaders don’t have it but they desperately need it.
Weak leaders need their butts kicked: Scrawny, pathetic, useless leaders are universal and I see them making our lives difficult with decisions that benefit special interest groups, themselves and their own families, and kowtow to the rich and famous. Oh, I won’t get distracted by those Hollywood types who are convinced they are morally superior to the rest of us and look down their plastic-surgery-fitted noses upon us untermensch. They can smell us walking! In the United States we value faith, freedom, and family. Weak leaders, as you may not have noticed, don’t value these vital American assets. The results? Failure to achieve the good life; freedom to feel the sun and wind in our faces, to know your kids are healthy and happy, and that some government bureaucrat is not sending the FBI to spy on them like they did to General Michael Flynn. Yeah, he was railroaded because the White House was staffed by a bunch of no-good-for-nothing weasels. Weak leaders are like cockroaches; hiding in the dark and eating your food. You know what to do with cockroaches.