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  • The Long, Dark Path Back to the Light - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon

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    "Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. Battle is the most significant competition in which a man can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base."

    - Excerpt from General George S. Patton''s address to the 6th Armored Division, May 31, 1944

    It wouldn't take much more than substituting "Nebraskans for Americans"
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    • The Long, Dark Path Back to the Light - New BHF Editorial by Mark Solomon
      Solly


      "Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. Battle is the most significant competition in which a man can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base."

      - Excerpt from General George S. Patton''s address to the 6th Armored Division, May 31, 1944

      It wouldn't take...
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      Solly


      “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain, 1906


      Twain sent this characteristically-pithy retort via cable from London to the press in the United States after he’d caught wind of his obituary having been erroneously published in several newspapers back home.

      He’d persist for several more years, passing away in 1910. He’d quipped that he’d arrived with Halley’s Comet in 1835, and that he’d be both surprised and disappointed if he didn’t depart with it, as well.

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      Solly



      “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead.”
      1. [*=center]Henry V, Act III, by William Shakespeare
      The battle rages all around, and comrades and foes alike fall all about you. But the line must hold, or all will be lost, so you do the only thing you can; you fill the hole with the next available able bodies, and as they fall, the next. And the next. At some point, the bodies aren’t so able, but they still step forward, some grimly, some with an odd serenity, some even with a smile…because it’s duty. It’s dedication to something larger than themselves. Something worth the risk, the pain, the sacrifice. Oftentimes, the sacrifice of the fallen themselves creates the motivation for the living to fill the breach and fight on, so that their sacrifice will not have been in vain. With few exceptions, history richly rewards the peoples or countries whose best shone through when things were at their worst, those who fought on from battle to battle until the greater war was won, be it on that field or the next, days, weeks, months, years or even generations later. Fight on, because you should; because you must. Step over your brother’s body to honor his sacrifice with your own offering. Battling for King and Country, for life and limb are, of course, much less trivial than mere sporting events, and certainly the stakes are infinitely higher. The fallen seldom rise from those fields, after all. But anyone who has ev...
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