"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, November 11, 2011

Birthday Today - Veterans Day Edition (George S. Patton)

It's Patton's birthday.   Born in 1885, Patton was 56 when World War II began.   How much of life is timing... what if he'd been born ten years earlier?   Ten years later?   Likely he wouldn't have been the right age to command an army in combat.   But the right man at the right time in the right place led the breakout from Normandy and the race across France as the commander of Third Army.  

And, of course, Patton was the subject of maybe the greatest war movie ever:

God bless all of our veterans, today and every day.

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