Talking Proud Archives --- Retired but still good

Political masters can’t have it both ways --- New Defense Covenant required quickly

“We have a whole load of tasks expected of us. Our political masters are quite happy to reduce the size of the Armed Forces, but their appetite to exercise influence on the world stage is, quite understandably, the same as it has always been”.

General Sir David Richards, Defense Chief, Britain
November 2012


“We don’t apologize for anything”

“We don’t apologize for anything. There’s nothing wrong with what we did (in Vietnam) and what we did afterward. You know, we are as much the greatest generation as the one that proceeded us. You can look at those statistics as to what we did, we not only fought this ten year war (Vietnam) with confused political direction, and won every battle we were asked to win, you know, what did we do after that? We took the military out of all the ashes (spoken about previously) and we built the finest military, won the Cold War, and created the greatest economy this nation has ever had … We weren’t the drug ridden homeless population, and we ended being far better than our counterparts … You can’t steal our valor. It’s ours. We own it … and we’re proud of it … I want to tell you as a member of this generation, we are as much the greatest generation, we are as much the proudest generation, and I say this … as much as any of those who went before us. For us to get together and remember that moment, and know that no one can take away from us what we did, what we went through, and no one can diminish the honor of those that we left on that battlefield and take away from them what they did is what we’re all about.

Anthony C. Zinni, General, USMC (Ret.)
Marines’ Memorial Association 2012 Salute to Vietnam Veterans
March 8, 2012

“You can’t do this. You can’t do that. There’s no way. It’s never been done. It won’t work.”

“I guess the good Lord made me dumb enough not to believe in the possibility of failure, and dumb enough not to think in negative terms, and dumb enough to believe that it takes noble thoughts to produce noble deeds—yes, dumb enough to have faith, and believe that it can be done. We believe in what we do, and we seek excellence in everything we do.”

John Portman Jr., architect, real estate developer
Architect of the Atlanta Marriott at its opening

“Leaders serve the people they lead”

“Leading is high stress work. There is no way to avoid the constant challenges of being responsible for people, organizations, outcomes, and uncertainties in the environment. Leaders who move up have greater freedom to control their destinies, but also experience increased pressure and seduction.

“Leaders can avoid these pitfalls by devoting themselves to personal development that cultivates their inner compass, or True North.
This requires reframing their leadership from being heroes to being servants of the people they lead. This process requires thought and introspection because many people get into leadership roles in response to their ego needs. It enables them to transition from seeking external gratification to finding internal satisfaction by making meaningful contributions through their leadership.”

Bill George
Professor Management Practice
Harvard Business School
June 6, 2011

American society does not understand sacrifice’s of military forces

"Their struggle is your struggle.

“If anyone thinks you can somehow thank them for their service, and not support the cause for which they fight - our country - these people are lying to themselves ... More important, they are slighting our warriors and mocking their commitment to this nation."

Lt. General John F. Kelly, USMC
November 2010

It’s very complex. What?

“So when someone tells you something is too complex for you to understand, the usual reason is that they do not really understand it themselves. Sometimes they know that they do not really understand it; often they do not. For the inquisitive intellectual, few people are as irritating as those whose combination of ignorance and arrogance is so profound that they claim to understand things they do not even know they do not know.”

John Kay, Financial Times
February 1, 2011

“Two parallel worlds exist on this planet”

“I’ve had a strange sense that two parallel worlds exist on this planet - a stable, progressively growing, developing world and an unstable, disintegrating, chaotic world. The two worlds - the stable and the unstable - are colliding.”

General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.)

“We’ve become a nation of a million rules”

”Something’s happened to America, and it isn't good. It's become easier to get into trouble. We've become a nation of a million rules. Not the kind of bottom-up rules that people generate through voluntary associations. Those are fine. I mean imposed, top-down rules formed in the brains of meddling bureaucrats who think they know better than we how to manage our lives. Cross them, and we are in trouble.”

John Stossel
July 14, 2010

“The 545 people responsible for all America’s woes”

“Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices – 545 human beings out of the 235 million – are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country ... Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses – provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.”

Charley Reese
September 1985


Wow, and old guy gets a SUV!

Two old guys were chatting. One said to the other: "My 85th birthday was yesterday. The wife gave me an SUV". Other guy responded: “Wow, that's amazing! Imagine, an SUV! What a great gift!" First guy: "Yup ! ..... Socks, Underwear and Viagra!"

The trouble with socialism

"The trouble with Socialism is, sooner or later you run out of other people's money."

Margaret Thatcher
Former Prime Minister, Great Britain


“The Constitution, at last”

“Let us return from a regime of arbitrary power to one of self government.”

Charles R. Kesler
Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute
Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College
May 17, 2010


You must have a passion for freedom and for rights

"For so long, I've lived injustice, and have had to struggle and fight for my freedom and my people's freedom. I think you tend to have more passion for freedom and for rights to exist, for you and for everyone ... With that kind of life, you don't take things for granted, you want to earn every step of your life. You want to work hard, you want to achieve, you want to reach where you have not been before."

Paul Kagame, President, Rwanda
From an interview with Anne Jolis
Wall Street Journal, in London
March 2010