I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.
Gotta love it when morons describe equality as a "power grab."
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
One of the unpleasant little truths that Moderns have so much trouble with is that their beautiful little baby is a natural savage, and that in less than 4 years the rudimentary concepts of civilization, morality and the much devalued virtue obedience must be rigorously, and often painfully imprinted upon it.
The older I get, the more that I think that constant expressions of affection rather than stern expectation damage the adults that children become, and by extension society.
I have come to believe that the relatively young idea that childhood should be happy, is a culturally decadent and suicidal one. (Look up the norms for child rearing in Colonial America if you believe me not, an consider that adults that resulted then, as opposed to the lifelong adolescents that we produce now.)
Quod scripsi, scripsi
"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.