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Robert Gates: John Wayne one of my favorite philosophers
Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 13th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska

Posted on 06/13/2010 2:34:14 PM PDT by Big Bureaucracy

T’is the season when bunches of young people here and there sit in fancy graduation robes and hats and listen to the advice some important person is giving them in a commencement address... he Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke at the Kaiserslautern High School in Germany, a school composed mostly of children of US service members and Foreign Service officers.

It is a fascinating speech and I recommend to President Obama to spare a minute to read it.

The overwhelming theme of the Obama reign has been the ‘Open Gov: Transparency, Participation, Collaboration’.

There is a reason why this slogan is not tuning well with the majority of the American people: while the Open Government idea created by Karl Popper and spread by George Soros is well accepted in the elite circles many folks around America find it foreign.

Defense Secretary Gates gives us another formula – that makes much more sense: Honesty, Service, Courage...

"...In the movie The Alamo, John Wayne – one of my favorite philosophers – says: “There’s right and there’s wrong. You’ve got to do one or the other. You do the one, and you’re living. You do the other and you may be walking around, but you’re as dead as a beaver hat.”

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: johnwayne; myarticle; myblog; robertgates

1 posted on 06/13/2010 2:34:14 PM PDT by Big Bureaucracy
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To: Big Bureaucracy

I don’t believe it, and the fact that he’s still serving for this bozo makes me think he doesn’t either.


2 posted on 06/13/2010 2:37:06 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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"Never apoligize. It's a sign of weakness". - Cpt. Nathan Brittles (John Wayne) "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon".
3 posted on 06/13/2010 2:38:39 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Bush made me do it!" - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

I’d rather have him than someone picked by the bozo.


4 posted on 06/13/2010 2:42:15 PM PDT by Big Bureaucracy
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Pfft! Gates and The Duke. Wow, how John Wayne would hate what’s going on in America today! You’ve got your nerve, Gates.


5 posted on 06/13/2010 2:43:50 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: Big Bureaucracy

Yeah, well, Roberts, John Wayne surely doesn’t bow down to anyone, like you and your boss does.

All words, no substance.


6 posted on 06/13/2010 2:43:57 PM PDT by GulfWar1Vet
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To: GulfWar1Vet

I think Gates is poking fun at Obama in this speech.

He is describing the leader in terms that are not applicable to the current “leader”.

The “favorite philosopher” line may be a pun directed to Anita Dunn and friends.


7 posted on 06/13/2010 2:54:44 PM PDT by Big Bureaucracy
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“There’s right and there’s wrong. You’ve got to do one or the other. You do the one, and you’re living. You do the other and you may be walking around, but you’re as dead as a beaver hat.”

I love that quote!

8 posted on 06/13/2010 3:07:20 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

“Life is tough but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”


9 posted on 06/13/2010 3:17:26 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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We'd like to have John Wayne in charge, but instead we got "Wee Wee Herman".


bad adventure

10 posted on 06/13/2010 3:25:39 PM PDT by FrankR (Standing against tyranny must start somewhere, or the future belongs to the tyrants.)
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Gates spoke at the Kaiserslautern High School in Germany

When I was an exchange student in Saarbrücken, I kept up on news from America by listening to the Armed Forces Radio Network station in Kaiserslautern, a city that was home to hundreds of American residents, few of whom could say the name correctly.

11 posted on 06/13/2010 3:32:04 PM PDT by Rufii
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You are working way too hard at this. It's all just a bunch of crap Gates cobbled together because he figured it would go over well with the population there. He couldn't care less what a John Wayne character said in a movie.
12 posted on 06/13/2010 3:34:34 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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13 posted on 06/13/2010 3:37:35 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: hinckley buzzard

You may be right, but what if he is making fun of the One and nobody is noticing?


14 posted on 06/13/2010 4:16:04 PM PDT by Big Bureaucracy
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