Re: Grant and Loyalty
- In my humble opinion: Anyone who has studied the military, wether ancient or modern times, discovers that LOYALTY to the soldier next to you in line of battle or in a fox hole or rifle pits, is and was and always will be the most indispensible character trait.Grant displayed that loyalty trait from West Point on up to Lt. General and to the White House. (Unfortunate for him, as president, that loyalty was sometimes mis-placed and relyed upon by other politicions around him.)Why do you think Sherman stood by Grant after bloody Shiloh when he wanted to quit? Or when Grant stood by Sherman when everyone called Sherman crazy? Loyalty to comrades in arms.Or when in line of battle, soldiers did not run, despite the losses being inflicted all around them? Loyalty.Politicians,however, have no loyalty to those around them. They seem forever bent on feathering their own nest. Grant was the consumate soldier/leader, NOT the most astute politician. But that does not mean his administration or himself worthless.Loyalty...or Patriotism; much more important now, and rightly so, after 911. Loyalty to each other, and the country as a whole.GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES.Steven C. Russell
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