Skip to comments.Robert Gates: John Wayne – one of my favorite philosophers
Posted on 06/13/2010 2:34:14 PM PDT by Big Bureaucracy
Tis 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: Theres right and theres wrong. Youve got to do one or the other. You do the one, and youre living. You do the other and you may be walking around, but youre as dead as a beaver hat.
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I don’t believe it, and the fact that he’s still serving for this bozo makes me think he doesn’t either.
I’d rather have him than someone picked by the bozo.
Pfft! Gates and The Duke. Wow, how John Wayne would hate what’s going on in America today! You’ve got your nerve, Gates.
Yeah, well, Roberts, John Wayne surely doesn’t bow down to anyone, like you and your boss does.
All words, no substance.
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.
I love that quote!
“Life is tough but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”
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.
You may be right, but what if he is making fun of the One and nobody is noticing?
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