Kalroy Was Here

Eighth man from Adam, an artificer of metals

Monday, June 13, 2005

Doer of Deeds

They replayed the movie "Rough Riders" tonight. T.R. has always been my favorite president.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face in marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

For some reason this passage from his 1910 Sorbonne speech brings to mind the present. It brings to mind the difference between those soldiers, seamen, airmen, and marines serving in the military and those Democrats, Liberals, and Journalists who belittle them and their achievements. Certainly because some are simply anti-military, a few because they are downright anti-American, but more so because the hate prevelant among those groups for George Bush is so all-consuming that they would attack our military just to make our President look bad.

Kalroy