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‘Full Victory … Nothing Else’

Ike rallies the troops immediately before the historic D-Day Battle on June 6, 1944. Photo Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS

When was the last time you heard a political leader utter the word victory? It seems that word has fallen into disfavor, stricken from the political discourse by the word police.  These days the electorate is subjected to all sorts of rhetorical gibberish. As a long-time observer and participant of American politics, I think the problems stems, in part, from people going in to public life for all the wrong reasons.

To be truly successful in the political arena — and just about anything one does in life — you need to stand for something higher than yourself. In national political life, there are a few such persons. A majority are more focused on the next election, appeasing the middle, and lack the focus to propel our country to do great things.

On June 6, 1944, in less than 250 words General Dwight D. Eisenhower rallied the troops that were about to “embark on the great crusade”. Crusade, now there is another word the PC police has stricken from our national lexicon. Political leaders from all political parties as well as elected offices from local, state, and federal government can learn a thing or two from Eisenhower.

In anything we do in life, always set out with the right mindset. Remember, it is not always about you. If it were, you’d be one lonely and miserable person. And when you stumble, you pick up and prepare for the thing life has in store.

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