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From Major Dick Winters’ WWII Memoirs

I personally think that this should be “required reading” along with the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and  Bill of Rights, for our House of Representatives and Senate.  In my opinion, they have continually demonstrated that most of them do not possess a modicum of spinal fortitude or leadership skills.

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Leadership at the Point of the Bayonet

Ten Principals for Success

1. Strive to be a leader of character, competence, and courage.

2. Lead from the front.  Say, “Follow me!” and then lead the way.

3. Stay in top physical shape—physical stamina is the root of mental toughness.

4. Develop your team.  If you know your people, are fair in setting realistic goals and expectations, and lead by example, you will develop teamwork.

5. Delegate responsibility to your subordinates and let them do their jobs.  You can’t do a good job if you don’t have a chance to use your imagination and your creativity.

6. Anticipate problems and prepare to overcome obstacles.  Don’t wait until you get to the top of the ridge and then make up your mind.

7. Remain humble.  Don’t worry about who recieves the credit.  Never let power or authority go to your head.

8. Take a moment of self-reflection.  Look at yourself in the mirror every night and ask yourself if you did your best.

9. True satisfaction comes from getting the job done.  The key to a successful leader is to earn respect—not because of rank or position, but because you are a leader of character.

10. Hang Tough!—Never, ever, give up.


Major Dick Winters
Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
“Band of Brothers”

From:  “Beyond Band of Brothers, The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters”

July 3, 2009 Posted by | Commentaries, Our Military | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Significance of D-Day, 65 Years Ago Today.

For those of us who grew up with parents who were living during WWII, America’s role in joining the fight to free the oppressed people of Europe was never “played down”.  We heard stories from our parents, relatives and even the numerous people who immigrated here from Europe after the war.  There was never any question about what our participation was about.  It was about insuring the freedom of our allies from a tyrant who waged war against neighboring nations and murdered those who did not “fit into the mold of the master race”.  We were part of securing the greater good of humanity against one of the most heinous tyrants of our time, Adolf Hitler.

No one summed up D-Day and it’s significance better than President Ronald Reagan in his 40th anniversary speech at Normandy.

Yesterday, the man elected President of my country stood before the people of Cairo Egypt and told a story of America that quite frankly was an outright lie!  What this clearly demonstrates is because the American public is so easily brainwashed by campaign tactics via their television sets and don’t research or demand facts during the primary elections, our nation elected a man who is inexperienced and clearly ignorant of what America is.  He is a failed community planner (just ask the people of Chicago who were living in the “project housing” that he and his cronies built!) who does not care about the American people, the Constitution or our history.  No Mr. Obama, there were NO Islamic people on the Mayflower!

During WWII there were of course people that felt we had no stake in what was going on in Europe.  But as time progressed it became impossible for the isolationist to prevent reality from setting in “that there are and always will be those people in power that will try to impose their will over others and do great harm to innocents in the process.”  Enter the “Greatest Generation”, the recognition that what happens to other good people in the world does and always will affect us and this country.  You can’t drink the Koolaid, sing Kumbayah and hope for the best.  Fortunately for the world in 1941 we were not overwhelmed by the wishful thinking apologists who would try to make peace at any cost to freedom, like we have now.  Of course England had such a man in Chamberlain.  He tried the Obama approach to peacemaking with tyrants and ended up vilified because it almost destroyed England.   By the time D-Day came, as Mustang showed on his memorial post quote, then General Eisenhower summed it up very nicely.

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world….

Read the rest of the quote on Social Sense.  It is the truest celebration of what our parents and grandparents did for the people of Europe, our legacy and freedom worldwide.  No one can ever say the words of gratitude to those who gave their lives on a battlefield, many of which had young and promising futures at stake, but they CAN refuse to forget the precious gift given by these souls to preserve our freedom and defend the Constitution and all it means to the numerous people who live here.  I say Thank You to all who served and give my undying gratitude to all the heroes who gave their all for my freedom.

And on another note, please view this You Tube presentation from the Mark Levin radio show.  A young military wife called in to give her thoughts and feelings on President Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt.  It will make you think twice about the man in the White House.

Always remember those who have served and sacrificed and support those who are on the home front supporting them in their mission.

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This picture communicates much more than any number of words; for the dead lie peacefully, and the living continues to remember the horror of war, and the pain of brothers lost.

Normandy Cemetery

(Photo: der Spiegel via Mr. Z)

June 6, 2009 Posted by | Commentaries, Leftism, Our Military, Politics | , , , | 13 Comments