Patton’s Words no Longer Ring True

In the movie Patton, George C Scott delivers Patton’s speech to the Third Army. The colorful speech was toned down so as to allow a PG rating for the movie and not to offend the sensitivities of some Americans. The speech is awe inspiring and is a battle rally cry for the troops but in it, Patton (through Scott) makes a statement that he believed to be true, and at the time it was. The portion from the speech is:

When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. Now, I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. Because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.

At the time Americans had not lost a war and that is because we had generations of people who understood that some things are worth fighting for. Unfortunately, while America was growing up it bred liberals who think that there is nothing worth winning except the next election and the only fighting that needs to be done is to keep an elected office. Patton was not aware that several decades after his speech the Democratic Party would lead America to defeat in Vietnam, a defeat Patton would never have allowed.

Patton believed that the very though of losing was hateful to Americans but he never met John Kerry, Jack Murtha, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or Wayne Gilchrest. If Patton were alive today he would have a stroke watching these so called leaders actively working for defeat and not finding it hateful at all. It seems that certain Americans no longer admire winners unless, of course, it is they who are winning office.

Jack Murtha, the unindicted co-conspirator in Abscam, declared today that the Democrats would pick up 40-50 seats in 2008 because of the war in Iraq. Murtha, who is not man enough to carry Patton’s toilet paper, espouses defeat and ensures that the difficulties in Iraq will ensure his party more seats. Murtha wants to tie the next defense appropriation to a withdrawal date. I have the time line for him, we will leave when we win. As for gaining seats, it does not matter because if the war is still going on the Democrats will not stop it. They might espouse defeat as a matter of winning elections but they will not allow defeat on their watch because, despite the liberals that Patton would have despised, most Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser (though Massachusetts still tolerates Kerry).

Patton, though eccentric, was a genius for war and knew how to win. He must be rolling over in his grave at the America he once fought so valiantly for. It is just too bad Patton is not still here to unload on these cut and run Democrats and RINOs. I would love to watch him being grilled by Congress.

I would pity those poor bastards. By God I really would.

Big Dog

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One Response to “Patton’s Words no Longer Ring True”

  1. Well said!!! I had written a brief post prior to General Petraeus’s testimony which I entitled, “if Patreaus can channel Patton, he can win both the battle in Washington and the War in Iraq…” Unfortunately, I never got around to finishing my thoughts and haven’t published the post, but now after reading your thoughts I am inspired to honor the greatest General of the 20th century by finishing and posting, and hopefully it will help build support for a man I believe has the potential to emerge as the standard-bearer for Generals in the 21st century. Petraeus is very respectful with the folks on the Hill, but didn’t you get the sense that he was biting down hard on his tongue at a few points during the questioning? I am a huge fan of Patton and I see that you are as well, so I am certain you must be aware of his deeply held belief in reincarnation. If we are truly lucky, Patton’s soul rests in the heart and mind of Patreaus, and if so we have nothing to worry about in Iraq or anywhere else the enemies of the US plot our demise.