John Basilone was a man of extraordinary courage. He was in many ways a simple and ordinary young man, but he had at least one unusual ability, he could see into his own future.
heroes of history
Looking back on real life heroes, like my own father in his life working among brutal gangsters, it is easier to see the heroic action in hindsight. Also, our polarized politics makes one person’s hero into another person’s villain. It can, and does, get complicated quickly. This is often because we see the man, but fail to see the hero within.
My niece, Johanna, writes of her father, my friend of 50 years.
“In March of 2020 things turned dark. One week after the COVID lockdown went into effect; my father called and said he needed help…
James N. Mattis was the first Trump presidential cabinet nominee and received nearly unanimous, bipartisan support for his nomination, with only one disapproval. He received a rare waiver of the guidelines that excluded recently active military leaders from the position of Secretary of Defense. What could have created such unprecedented unity, even enthusiasm, in the hyper-partisan […]