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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Monday, March 28, 2005

In Praise of Trafalgar: Honor, Courage and the Legacy of Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson Posted by Hello
Good day to all aboard the blog. This is an unusual posting for me in that it is early evening, and I tend to make my daily contributions to the blogosphere in the early morning; after morning PT and before starting the day. However, that routine was disrupted over the last few days by forces beyond my control and that is why I've been unable to make my regular (or, somewhat regular) postings for (almost) the last week. You see, family friends from North Carolina came into town last week; between entertaining them and having my regular sleeping pattern rattled in the process (in other words, going to bed much later than I usually do), getting a bit sick along the way as well as still having to do all the other things one does in life...needless to say, it was difficult to stay abreast with the blog. And, to cap it all off, this morning my long-serving, long-suffering and much beloved printer "bought the farm" and abruptly (and, unceremoniously I might add) called it quits after five years of loyal service; although she could do no more, she had been a real trooper. So, I sadly went over to OfficeMax and purchased a new one; even though the new one is of a better technology and somewhat faster (in fact, the OfficeMax employee looked at me like I was a dinosaur when I told him the kind of printer I had. He said those printers "...went offline a long time ago..."), I miss my old printer and was certainly not planning on making an investment in terms of a new printer when I got up this morning. But, such is life. So, for all those loyal supporters out there in that ether known as "the world wide web", be advised: I'm back to full duty and plan on making my regular (or, semi-regular postings) as was the norm pre-"friends coming into town". This, however, will be a rather short posting in that it is time for me to wind down, square myself away for the following day and get ready for rack time. As you might have guessed by the picture above, my thoughts this evening are on Admiral Horatio Nelson (quite probably the greatest naval commander in the history of warfare, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Nelson), the Battle of Trafalgar and how the inspiration of both entities reverberate through the centuries...even to this day. One must understand first that the Battle of Trafalgar (and the subsequent English victory over the Spanish and French fleets at Trafalgar on October 21, 1805) was of paramount importance because it ensured England's security in terms of neutralizing Napolean's certain invasion of the British home islands (Napolean by late 1805 had become a real threat to the security of the realm and to Great Britain as a whole) and (moreover) gave England dominance of the high seas for the next century. In essence, the Battle of Trafalgar was (without a doubt) the most decisive naval victory in the history of warfare (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trafalgar). Thus, Admiral Nelson (through his martial leadership and almost impeccable sense of character) is thought of, to this very day, (by the English and the world over) as having made the most significant impact on naval warfare in all of Western history. His legacy IS quite simply (and in a word) "profound" (http://www.war-art.com/nelson.htm). In deed, it was Horatio Nelson that once said the following pearls of wisdom and inspiration:

"...Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon".


"...No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy".


"...Recollect that you must be a seaman to be an officer and also that you cannot be a good officer without being a gentleman".

and finally,

"If we have talents, we have no right to keep them under a bushel, they are ours for the benefit of the Community".

This is powerful stuff ladies and gentleman, and I only hope that we can apply these same principles and ideals to our present Democratic cause and to our present struggle to regain control of this great nation; in other words, ours is a struggle to put our "ship of state" back on it's proper course. Now, although our campaigns are political in nature, there is much to be said for injecting these same lessons of warfare and lessons of character into the current political arena. Our victories, in terms of regaining the levers of national policy formulation and national policy execution, will be no less important than those victories gained on so many fields of battle that have spanned time immemorial. And, in closing, it is my hope to be able to attend (in England) the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the great battle this coming October (http://www.seabritain2005.com/server.php?show=nav.004018). However, if I am unable to attend what will certainly be a memory-making and awe-inspiring experience, I will most definitely pay tribute to the greatness of the leader that secured that victory (a victory secured aboard the 'HMS Victory', by the by) and that great battle as a whole in some shape, form or fashion. Take care and Semper Fidelis


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