Quote of the Day: Hold the line until we fix it

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US Secretary of Defense, General George Mattis, has given a great speech to US troops stationed abroad.

Two lines stand out in particular:

“Our country right now, it’s got problems we don’t have in the military.. You just hold the line until our country gets back to understanding and respecting each other and showing it.”

And:

“We’ve got the power of intimidation, and that’s you, if someone wants to screw with our families, our country and our allies.. The power of inspiration – [and] we’ll get the power of inspiration back.”

These words are telling, coming from so senior a figure. Mattis is acknowledging the division in America. America is essentially two countries, two countries which are diametrically opposed to each other, and in many respects, cannot even conceive of how the other side can differ in its view.

The XYZ’s Grumpy Motorist views this speech as a sign that the gears are shifting back in the direction of tradition and liberty.

A more pessimistic view would be that America has been divided for decades. America hasn’t fought a war without one hand tied behind its back since World War 2, and the reason for this is that the left hasn’t let it. Both Vietnam and Iraq were military victories, but the left lost the peace. Any chance the US has of winning a war is undermined by left-wing Democrat traitors. The end result has been a seesawing approach to foreign policy. The current mess in the Middle East has come about because Obama squandered George W Bush’s military success.

There is a battle going on for the heart and soul of America right now. If the side which stands for what America used to stand for wins, Americans will get their country back. If the side which stands for Obama’s fundamental transformation wins, the troops on the front line won’t won’t have a reason to hold the line.

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David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.