romulous wrote: He was a cut rate president anyway, and only won the civil war due to the actions of Gen. 'Butcher' Grant. Grant won the war despite loosing men at a rate of 3 to 1! Sounds impressive don't it? Not really, he just had the south out numbered 5-1, and thus could afford to fight a war of attrition.
I've heard it more often as Gen. "Useless" S. Grant. The Union didn't know how to fight a war, but damn if they didn't know how to throw so many resources at a problem that it was mathematically impossible to lose (in the most general sense). It is depressing to think that this is the only reason our country is whole today. Hell, we still use this strategy, and adhere to it as though it were gospel. Most military minds would agree that it is worst to besiege walled cities. Those days are over, though we still haven't learned the underlying lesson: a war of attrition leaves both sides with nothing. It is inelegant and fruitless, apart from being distasteful.
As for the response I promised...
All one needs to remember is that the world revolves on respect. Give it. Get it. If it is with held, take it by force. But always have it. If your enemy respects you they will end up your friend, or at least no longer your enemy.
I would agree, up to the point about taking respect by force. This is similar to conquering through brute force and attrition. Beat me all you want, metaphorically or literally, but I am in no way forced to respect you. It is as much something earned as it is given. This is why the human mind is so dangerous - it can be manipulated by those who allow it, but ultimately it cannot be controlled.
I think dark master kaiser's political opinions are complete bullshit. I have told him so. He has said prety much the same. We do it tactfully, and in a respectful manner. I would not mind having a beer with him some time. He is my political enemy, but I still respect him. He has shown me the same respect. We do not make personal attacks against each other, only each other's opinions. This is respect. If everyone had it, we would be a stronger nation. We do not. This is sad.
It is. Debate is dead, it seems. Just as swordplay and individual skill has given way to nuclear arsenals and veiled threats, debate has given way to finger pointing and accusation.
In this Nation, we have two political classes. Those that matter, and the rest are peasants. In this Capitolist system, we are being defeated by our own greed.
Perhaps. But I would elaborate further - the peasant is not necessarily one who is financially bankrupt, but intellectually. A strong mind and a strong will is enough to create one's own reality, as opposed to settling for the reality that is being created for them.
The greatest political mind I have ever known was a Martial Artist that told me you have all the rights you are capable of physically enforcing at that moment in time. All other rights are forefit unless someone gives them to you. That is why I have spent the last 15 years learning and mastering Martial Art. Martial Art being the art of killing or disabling your opponent in as rapid a time as possible, and moving on to the next man. This has nothing to do with fighting, it is totally different. Each free man is responsible for staying that way. Learn some martial arts, get a gun, be free, and stay that way.
It seems we are of the same mind here, in our belief that we only truly have what we can personally defend. I study the martial arts for this reason, but also for another. It is more to me than simply protecting what I have, but bettering myself in the process. As I've suggested earlier in the thread, I believe the highest form of victory to be that in which no blood is drawn. No strife. No struggle. Wherein the opponent submits because they are out of options, rather than out of resources. I would be more apt to respect someone who parried my blows with an olive branch, than someone who hacked wildly at my limbs with a blade. Respect, I believe, is derived from personal power and skill, tempered by compassion and righteousness in the eye of the beholder.