We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Today is the 246th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.
Those of us who served and those of us who appreciate what Marines have always accomplished despite odds or suffering are proud of that birthday and what it signifies.
During the Iraq and Afghanistan commitments (the victories now tossed in the dumpster), the Marine Corps abilities to win were proven again and again in the worst combat conditions that Marines uniquely train for, have the attitude for, and the will for. The Marine Corps adapted and was used as a land army.
Now that China is increasingly competent and focused on taking over the Pacific, and is doing so step by step without much restraint, the Marine Corps is returning to its maritime roots. It has stepped up its training to even higher toughness and smarts. The Marine Corps is being missioned with a dispersed strategy to be on islands and ships spread across the Pacific and strike deathly blows back. But, there's a big problem there: the Marines will be sacrificed while the US leadership is not spending adequately to back the Marines up by building counterforces and lacks the political will to win. I am terribly saddened.
Will we get a new President who can smartly and determinedly stand up to lethargy and rouse patriots in America and Congress to be the overwhelming nation in readiness that will make war and sacrifice unnecessary? I pray so.
Honor, Loyalty, Courage are the Marine Corps values. May Americans also live those values. My son and I were honored to address the annual Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation's banquet. The theme was continuity of values. After I spoke about Honor and integrity, regardless the cost, Loyalty to country and comrades, regardless the cost, Courage to overcome obstacles, regardless the cost, my son spoke. He looked at me and said, "Yes, that's what he taught me." In a large room of seasoned Marines, my son brought them to their feet.
As you go about your day, about your life, take the time to pass on those American values. Especially to the young.
We (Spent my 18th birthday at MCRD San Diego) survived the 1970s and Carter--battered, a little lost and a bit confused, but we survived and found ourselves again. Then came Clinton, but they had their values and some forward looking leaders. Then they hit the fires of the GWOT, and it forged them into a fine, fine war making machine.
I'm sure that the Chinese remember the Chosin Reservoir. I know that the Marines do.
William O. B'Livion
JOURNAL OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS
(Philadelphia) Friday, November 10, 1775
Resolved, That two Battalions of marines be raised, consisting of one Colonel, two Lieutenant Colonels, two Majors, and other officers as usual in other regiments; and that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken, that no persons be appointed to office, or enlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea when required; that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress: that they be distinguished by the names of the first and second battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered as part of the number which the continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of.
Ordered, That a copy of the above be transmitted to the General.
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This was a fine tribute to the finest fighting force ever. I must admit, though, that I'm quite pessimistic regarding the future of pretty much every branch of the US military. Wokeism has infiltrated the entire CoC, and has even inserted itself somewhat in the SpecOps community.
Here's the painful part: as a veteran, and from a family of veterans, as well as a retired DC region fire/EMS captain, I've counseled my kids to go another route. I don't want my kids to potentially die in order to defend CRT, *equity*, and socialism. We're fast becoming Yugoslavia, and we all know how that turned out.
Dear Mr. Kessler:
First--thank you for your ongoing service to this country.
Second--the young women growing up the past 45 years have not been taught those same values. They have been taught that they should just take whatever they think will make their lives better. They lie, cheat, steal, to build careers for which they are not qualified, or prepared. They dishonor families-they ridicule loving hearts. They do not have the ability to work within the same moral or ethical code that we were taught--that made this country great.