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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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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Glory, Honor and Lord Nelson: Reflecting on Trafalgar and the Resonating Lessons of Character and Discipline That Are Still Applicable Today Posted by Hello
Good day to all aboard the blog. My thoughts this morning 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 his 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). Indeed, it was Horatio Nelson who 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 (in some shape, form or fashion) to the greatness of the great naval leader Lord Horatio Nelson; a great leader who secured a great victory (a victory secured aboard the 'HMS Victory'...a coincidence?) for King and country some 200 hundred years ago this October. What a warrior, what a leader...we can learn much from this warrior-leader of the first class. Take care and Semper Fidelis


Blogger oyster said...

What an excellent, inspiring post! Thank you. I sure appreciated your description of Nelson (and his quotes), and do hope you're able to attend the 200th anniversary celebration.

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Blogger baywitch said...

Wow. Such an insightful post. I respect and appreciate so much your service to our country, and the honor with which you clearly live every day. I am truly touched.

2:49 PM  

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