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It Is Finished.

 

Strength is waning. Reflexes in doubt.

“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans–born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage–and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.” JFK

THE MAN IN THE ARENA

Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic” delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

Ain’t that Tuff Enuff?

May the Lord God almighty‘s hand of protection and blessing remain forever over our glorious nation.

Semper Fi – out.

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  1. Profile photo of iWe Reagan
    iWe

    Amen!

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    • June 18, 2017 at 2:31 am
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  2. Profile photo of Mike LaRoche Thatcher

    “If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary.” — Calvin Coolidge, 1926

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    • June 18, 2017 at 4:44 am
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  3. Profile photo of Jules PA Member

    Yes!

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    • June 18, 2017 at 5:24 am
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    ST Post author

    Classic line from Tuff Enuff: I’d wrestle with a lion and a grizzly bear.

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    • June 18, 2017 at 5:52 am
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    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):
    “If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary.” — Calvin Coolidge, 1926

    Like, Like, Like, Like, Like, Like, Like, Like, Like, to the 12th power. 🙂

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    • June 18, 2017 at 5:53 am
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    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):
    “If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary.” — Calvin Coolidge, 1926

    Oh, very good!

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    • June 18, 2017 at 5:55 am
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  7. Profile photo of Front Seat Cat Member

    We have so much to be thankful for in the US!

    • #7
    • June 18, 2017 at 6:22 am
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  8. Profile photo of Bob Thompson Member

    The quotes from Roosevelt and Coolidge are great. Kennedy might not like what is observable of the American people today.

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    • June 18, 2017 at 6:55 am
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  9. Profile photo of Susan Quinn Contributor

    Well said, ST, well said. Thank you!

    • #9
    • June 18, 2017 at 7:58 am
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  10. Profile photo of Doug Watt Member

    Like Teddy Roosevelt, it is applicable for the street cop as well.

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    • June 18, 2017 at 8:20 am
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    ST Post author

    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    Like Teddy Roosevelt, it is applicable for the street cop as well.

    No doubt my friend. Respect.

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    • June 18, 2017 at 8:22 am
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    She

    ST:Ain’t that Tuff Enuff?

    Yes. Thank you.

    May the Lord God almighty‘s hand of protection and blessing remain forever over our glorious nation.

    Amen

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    • June 18, 2017 at 8:47 am
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  13. Profile photo of Nanda Panjandrum Thatcher

    Amen and Heartfelt Thanks! Blessed Feast of Corpus Christi! The Michael W. Smith “Agnus Dei” is beautiful and reminds me of another prayer of that title:

    May it be so; may we be agents of His purifying, sacrificial love and mercy…moment by moment, day by day. Until He reigns upon the earth.

    P. S. Señor Caballéro, you are a temple of His Holy Spirit, may His healing love and strength sustain you. Rest in Him, when needs must…

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    • June 18, 2017 at 9:15 am
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  14. Profile photo of Larry Koler Member

    Thanks for the Michael W. Smith video. It’s superb. Don’t you love the look in the faces of the young people who are feeling the movement of the Holy Spirit flow through their bodies? Very nice and very uplifting.

    I have a good friend who just lost his brother and I sent this video to him and prayed that his brother would have peace after a difficult life and a difficult last few months.

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    • June 18, 2017 at 9:45 am
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    Larry Koler (View Comment):
    Thanks for the Michael W. Smith video. It’s superb. Don’t you love the look in the faces of the young people who are feeling the movement of the Holy Spirit flow through their bodies? Very nice and very uplifting.

    I have a good friend who just lost his brother and I sent this video to him and prayed that his brother would have peace after a difficult life and a difficult last few months.

    Cause for hope here, I think…You’re a good friend, LarryK!

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    • June 18, 2017 at 9:48 am
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  16. Profile photo of Vance Richards Member

    ST: torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans

    My nephew is currently spending his summer vacation the same way his grandfather (my dad) did exactly 60 years ago, attending USMC OCS in Quantico, VA.

    Of course his older brother is a 25 year-old college sophomore who is starting to realize that Obamacare only lets him stay on his parent’s insurance until he turns 26. So I have mixed reviews about the next generation picking up that torch, but if we survived the baby-boomers . . . .

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    • June 18, 2017 at 10:55 am
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  17. Profile photo of Jim George Member

    I’m feeling so much appreciation here I don’t know where to start! The Phelps video with Maggie Beth Phelps was beyond magnificent…I have always loved the Teddy Roosevelt quote and adopt as my own all of @kevinschulte‘s likes.. in fact, I have that quote sitting right here as I type this on my desk where it has been for approximately 3-4 decades; I’ve lost count… and, as a “wannabe” member of The Proud and The Few (USAF, SAC, B-47s ) I say to our friend @ST–Semper Fi and thank you for your service..and to @frontseatcat I say we have so much to be thankful for on this Father’s Day that it is simply beyond human measure and I can only quote one of the icons of our life, President Ronald W. Reagan: “if you were lucky enough to be born in the United States of America, you’re lucky enough!”

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    • June 18, 2017 at 12:02 pm
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  18. Profile photo of Mountie Member

    I touch base with JFK’s inaugural every so often.

    There are two passages that I love and that tell me how far we’ve come:

    “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. ”

    and

    “We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed. ”

    I can’t see any politician saying anything like that today. Either party.

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    • June 18, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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    Vance Richards (View Comment):
    Of course his older brother is a 25 year-old college sophomore

    Prayer and patience, Vance…Moto is contagious. Just ask the Church Lady Panda [former] chair-mobile potato. A new woman inside and out, thanks to my Uncle-Colonel, Cousin-Colonel, and USMC/USN sibs on R>. 🙂 Rah!

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    • June 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm
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  20. Profile photo of ST Coolidge
    ST Post author

    Unfortunately finding anyone at all to pass the torch to is becoming increasingly difficult.

    America, be warned, you are running out of Boss Mongos. @bossmongo

    Approximately 71% of the 34 million 17-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. would not qualify for military service because of reasons related to health, physical appearance and educational background, according to the Pentagon.

    The ineligible typically includes those who are obese, those who lack a high school diploma or a GED, convicted felons, those taking prescription drugs for ADHD and those with certain tattoos and ear gauges, the Wall Street Journal reports, though some requirements can be waived.

     Only 1% of young people are both “eligible and inclined to have conversation with” the military about possible service, according to the Defense Department.

    “The quality of people willing to serve has been declining rapidly,” Major General Allen Batschelet, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s commanding general, told the WSJ.

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    • June 20, 2017 at 2:57 am
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    ST Post author

    Almost forgot this one:

    2 Timothy 4:7 New King James Version (NKJV)

    7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

    Time to head out for parts unknown in search of Galt’s Gulch. Hope she’s a looker!

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    • June 20, 2017 at 3:04 am
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    Just to say: HooWah, @bossmongo! and S/F, Señor Caballéro! (Hoping you’ll find the one you seek!) 🙂

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    • June 20, 2017 at 7:58 am
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