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.
That was a nice article. He gets it right about flexibility and initiative all the way down to the squad level, and even below, really. Reminds me that my judgment was only questioned one time... by a newly appointed Co. commander. I wasn't moving fast enough. I sent the word back through my Lieutenant that I was taking no chances and was leading the assault as I had been trained, and if they didn't like it to relieve me of my duties. Silence was assent.
I think it is that fostering of duty and responsibility all the way down the line that is one of the most important qualities that sets the Corps apart from all others. I'm reminded of that Sgt. on the 'Canal' that was posted here a while back... last man standing. And that's what you have to do if you are the enemy facing Marines. Kill every last one of them... as any one man remaining will pick up the guide-iron and carry on.
Much as this Marine, which I just choose at random from Google... touching poem at the end.