by Andy Weddington
Friday, 28 September 2012
"Example is leadership." Albert Schweitzer
A query posed to me a couple of days ago...
Question: Why do polls indicate our Commander-in-Chief, President Obama, is losing, and considerably, the military vote?
Civil Answer: Because military folks, uniformed and families too, gravitate towards example, towards leadership.
Marine Answer: Because Marines know the difference between chicken salad and chicken shit.
As to leadership, especially from the President of the United States, example is everything. Example is the only thing.
So go the votes.
Six or seven years ago a colonel friend was invited by a TBS (The Basic School) company of new second lieutenants to be their mess night guest of honor/keynote speaker. His theme was 'Leadership and Why I Love Marines.' One of his first bullets was, "I love Marines because Marines know the difference between chicken salad and chicken shit."
So do soldiers, sailors, airmen, and coast guardsmen.
To paraphrase Blaise Pascal, 'Today's commentary is long because I did not have time to make it short.'