"The Way to Win" with the Better Angels of Our Nature

Common American young men.
Necessity, upbringing, becoming,
Uncommonly heroic common American young men.

Posted by Howard Nelson at August 25, 2015 10:41 AM

The way to win is not to nurture grievances and salve them with unfulfillable promises. The way to win is to call people to be their highest and best selves.

Yes, just so. Thanks, Gerard.

Posted by Julie at August 25, 2015 11:29 AM

Thanks Gerard. I just hope the message can penetrate some of the campaign geniuses in the Republican party.

Posted by Fat Man at August 25, 2015 12:36 PM

Americans have never shrunk from the task of kicking a bully in the teeth. Current leadership excepted.

Posted by Roger in Republic at August 25, 2015 1:48 PM

Gerard, your words touched my spirit.

Posted by Casca at August 25, 2015 2:10 PM

"The way to win is to not accept tribalization. The way to win is to state that these three young men are what America is really all about."

Tribalism is the default setting of humanities' lower natures.

The least educated, most fearful, most angry, most ... ordinary ... WILL fall back on their 'tribe' - whatever they deem it to be.

Ignore it at your peril.

"During the filming of Planet of the Apes in 1967, Charlton Heston noted “an instinctive segregation on the set. Not only would the apes eat together, but the chimpanzees ate with the chimpanzees, the gorillas ate with the gorillas, the orangutans ate with the orangutans, and the humans would eat off by themselves. It was quite spooky.”

www . neatorama . com/2013/12/15/When-the-Actors-in-Planet-of-the-Apes-Donned-Their-Makeup-They-Spontaneously--Segregated-Themselves/

Posted by cond0011 at August 25, 2015 6:55 PM

These three young men have made us proud.
"I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A."
That's what those three young men embody - the spirit of freedom, free association, and a willingness to stand against our enemies. God bless 'em and the USA.

Posted by Jimmy J. at August 25, 2015 7:48 PM

Jimmy J should hang out over here once in awhile, regarding that Lee Greenwood stuff.


Posted by ghostsniper at August 26, 2015 6:41 AM

"The way to win is to not accept tribalization. The way to win is to state that these three young men are what America is really all about."

One way to do it is to STOP addressing ANY organization that has ANY racial reference. No interviews, no deals, to talk.

Organizations such as these:

The Association of Black Psychologists
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.
National Association of Black Journalists
National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)
National Black MBA Association

And these

National Council of La Raza
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
Association of Latinos for the Betterment of the Americas
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Federal Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers Association
Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

fit the same category of tribalism as these:

American Nazi Party
Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
Ku Klux Klan
National Association for the Advancement of White People
White Aryan Resistance

and are the LOWEST form of tribalism and anathema to a Cosmopolitan Republic that we are becoming and they should be banned and ignored.

Where to start?

Well... STOP granting interviews to networks such as these:

Latino News Media
Fox News Latino
NBC News Latino
El Hispanic News
African American News
The Root: Black News, Opinion, Politics and Culture
Black News

...as it energizes the whole 'race' issue (and lord, am I SICK to death of race...)

Posted by cond0011 at August 26, 2015 8:40 AM

That post is darned inspiring. The most destructive force in the world today is the obozo administration. Yes, in the world.

Posted by Terry at August 26, 2015 10:02 AM

What makes the United States of America exceptional is that it is the only trans-racial nation on the planet. We operate on the idea that anyone...no matter where they come from...may BECOME an American. While you certainly can live in America and not BE an American, those who do come here legally, become citizens, assimilate into American society and adopt American ideals ARE Americans.

You can't do that anywhere else. I can move to Japan, gain official Japanese citizenship, learn to speak Japanese, and adopt Japanese culture as my own...but I can never, ever BE Japanese. Or German, or Australian, or whatever.

This is because the United States of America is more than just a place, it is an idea...and believing in that idea is what makes you an American. Not the nation of your birth, your skin color, or your religion. No other nation on Earth operates this way. That is why America is exceptional.

Posted by Dave at August 27, 2015 7:56 AM

Ooooooooohhhhh, I didn't know about the school thing. How in-terest-ing! I'm guessing they must be home by now, no visits to the White House for the heroes? (Just kidding of course, we know who they were rooting for)

Posted by Will at August 27, 2015 5:51 PM