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The “Patton” Factor: Moving Patriots from Discouraged to Inspired

Friday, January 4, 2013

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Many Americans watch the daily news and become discouraged… feeling hopeless about the chances for any kind of recovery and restoration of our Constitutional Republic.
Lori Wallach Boxer is one of those Patriots who has struggled with discouragement since the election returns were final.
On New Year’s eve, she made a choice to get up and fight back.. Patton was her inspiration..
Here is an excerpt from an article about her attitude transformation.

The year was 1970.  I was 15 years old, and struggling … in school, and at home.  After many years divorced, my mother was engaged to remarry.  It was a bit unsettling emotionally, and I remember my younger sister and I struggled to come to terms with having a stepfather.  As a veteran of the Navy, who lost quite a few buddies at Pearl Harbor, it would come as no surprise that on a weekend afternoon, and in an effort to spend some personal quality time with us, Walter packed us up and took us to the movies.  “Patton,” starring George C. Scott had opened.  Obviously, this was a movie that HE wanted to see; we didn’t even know who Patton was.  But, we knew we’d get popcorn and a soda … and that was just fine with us. 
 

The lights went down, the curtain went up, and there on the screen I saw the biggest American flag I had ever seen in my life.  Silence.  Then came the sounds of steps.  Each step bringing more and more of General George Patton into view, a little bit at a time until he got to the top step, in all his splendor, standing there in front of the American flag.  And my life changed at that very moment.  Literally.  I was blown away by the power of the man, the grit and determination of the man, the respect he had for his troops, the fact that he never asked them to do that which he himself wouldn’t do, that there was no such thing as “can’t” or “not possible.”  He led, empowered, encouraged, and motivated, and his love for his country was infectious.


From that day on, I spent my teen years and beyond reading hundreds of books on Patton, on World War II; and because of Patton’s feelings about Russia, that lead me to read voraciously about the history of Russia, from the Romanov dynasty all the way to World War II.  It instilled in me a profound sense of duty to my country and honor to be an American.  I became very self-educated in these areas, with detail that I never learned in school.


I sat in my friend’s kitchen on New Year’s Eve, and thought how tragic that in this time and place in our history, there is no “Patton,” no one of a grand stature in the Republican party who speaks for me and like-minded citizens, who represents us, who understands us, who puts country first, who worships the Constitution, who honors our Founding Fathers, whose principles guide him and won’t be swayed.  There is no one who inspires me to keep on keeping on, to fighting the fight—not only against those who would destroy our country on purpose for the benefit of their ideology, but against those who through weakness and appeasement, are accelerating America’s demise.  There is no one to LEAD, no one to get into the fox holes and dirty his hands with his troops. In this day of mostly feckless, wayward, kick-the-can-down-the-road ‘leadership,’ I am reminded of something that Patton wrote on D-Day in a letter to his 20-year old son, George, Jr., who was enrolled at West Point: “I am sure that if every leader who goes into battle will promise himself that he will come out either a conqueror or a corpse he is sure to win. There is no doubt of that. Defeat is not due to losses but to the destruction of the soul of the leaders. The “Live to fight another day” doctrine.”


To this day,  I watch the movie at least once a year, and every time I see that opening scene with “Patton” walking up those steps standing in front of the American flag to address his troops, I get shivers.  I truly do.  But, I also get inspired anew.

LETTER from Patton to his son.
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