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They Did it to Ol’ Blood and Guts, They’ll Do it to Us Too

 

About the author: Luke Hamilton is classically-trained, Shakespearean actor from Eugene, Oregon who happens to be a liberty-loving, right-wing, Christian constitutionalist. When not penning columns for JanMorganMedia.com, Hamilton spends his time astride the Illinois-Wisconsin border, leading bands of liberty-starve ... [read 's FULL BIO]

Checks and Balances
In the late summer of 1944, the Allied armies liberated Northern France and began to push deeper into Europe. No one was more effective in his advance than General George S. Patton and the Third Army. After serving his “time-out” for slapping a couple of soldiers who were taking it easy in a med tent, Patton hit the ground running in France and seemed ready to cut his way through to Berlin, rusty bayonet clenched in his teeth. Unfortunately, that never happened. On August 31st, Patton and the Third Army ran out of fuel near Metz, France. He had burned through his supply, keeping the German forces on their heels, and replenishment was not coming.

There are a number of theories as to why Patton’s army was left high and dry, languishing without the fuel to continue. The official rationale was that Eisenhower wanted to present a unified, measured front and was wary of any units which might overextend themselves and compromise the front line. It is clear he prioritized Montgomery’s Market Garden operation over Patton’s demands. Providentially for Ike, the Zone of Communications happened to pick that time to move their HQ back to Paris, tucked safely behind the Allied lines, and that required a lot of trucks; trucks which could have been refueling the Third Army.
Eisenhower and Patton

Unofficially, it’s said that Eisenhower wanted to avoid embarrassing our military allies. Patton was making everyone else look like weak sisters and so the most effective weapon in the Allied arsenal (General Patton’s mind) was deliberately shuttered. He was forced to fight in place and suffered heavy casualties in subsequent engagements near Metz. After blitzing through 60 miles of German-occupied France in 2 weeks during the month of August, the Third Army covered only 40 miles total in the months November and December that same year.

It seems nearly inconceivable that Eisenhower would do such a thing, yet the deliberate crippling of a beneficial advantage is precisely what has been done to free-market capitalism in America and in the economies of her Western allies. No one with any intellectual honesty can deny the effectiveness of Patton or of the free market. Patton won battles and earned the respect of his enemies. Capitalism is the much-maligned champion of freedom around the globe and is directly responsible for the prosperity and privilege we enjoy as a part of Western civilization. There has never been a more effective engine of wealth creation and economic mobility than free-market capitalism. Yet, like Patton, the free market economy is forcibly stalled, chained down by those who should be its staunchest guardians.

In America, this is accomplished in a few ways. Legislative support is diverted to efforts on the periphery, which are usually outside the purview of a federal government. For example, Congress passes Obamacare under the guise of offering a “fundamental human right” to all Americans, oblivious to the fact that bureaucratic edicts increase the price of a commodity and will inflict more economic pain on Americans than relief provided. When government agencies command private businesses to provide services, those businesses pass the expense of compliance onto their customers who are likewise commanded to purchase the now-pricier product. If allowed to operate freely, market forces would increase the quality of product while lowering the price. Those forces are seen every day in products like cellular phones, which have increased in quality and decreased in price over the past 30 years, going from $4,000 for the Motorola Dynatac 8000x in 1973 to $0 for the Motorola Droid X in 2014. In economics, a “rising tide lifts all boats” but the pencil-pushers in Washington prefer (or force) winners and losers by diverting support to pet projects and ideological cronies.

Just as Ike prioritized the pride of our allies over the success of our troops, we seek to assuage the feelings of those who have benefited from the success of our greatest achievers while denigrating said achievers. Instead of worrying about the pride of our British and French allies, both of whom were saved by the intervention of the U.S. Military, Ike should have thrown full support behind Patton who had the German generals soiling their lederhosen. We spend so much time and effort agonizing over the feelings of the unfortunate in this country instead of throwing our full support behind those who are creating wealth, jobs, and prosperity for all Americans; all of which ultimately benefit the unfortunate. A rising tide will never lift all boats if our nanny-state government continues to erect levees to keep the tide out! Prosperity is not a bad word in a truly capitalist economy. When the prosperous become targets and success is deemed worth punishment, your economy has been infected by corporatists and socialists. Redistribution of wealth is sure to follow.

If legislation and shame don’t effectively smother the flames of capitalist achievement in this country, the Executive Branch seems more than happy to step in. The checks and balance built into our tri-partite system by the Founders are broken. The checks have bounced and the balance has drastically shifted to the Executive branch, leaving an emasculated Legislature and a timorous Judiciary. Time and again, the Obama administration has acted unilaterally, outside the bounds of law, to achieve their will via regulation and selective enforcement of law. As egregious as the offenses of this President have been, he is not alone. His predecessors set the table for this environment. Obama simply ate the food, shredded the table cloth, and is in the process of breaking off the table legs for a bonfire.

Progressives in both parties are determined to restrain the successful among us. If shame and ridicule don’t work, they will simply cut off the fuel via government regulation and legislation. As our Founding Fathers knew, it is only by forcibly restraining the power a centralized government can wield that the soil of liberty can remain fertile.

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  • Sam Houston

    Great analogy. I went to church with one of those Truck Drivers for the Red Ball Express. He was there in the thick of that. He was strafed by a ME-109 for a truck load of boots. Thank God that pilot was a poor shot.

  • Loyal

    dde Was a liar, thief, scum, and he should have been tried for being a traitor

    • Sue

      It was “battle fatigue”

    • lilbear68

      malaria was very rare in the European theatre unless the guy was a recent transplant from the pacific

    • Shadow_58

      The GI was a coward.

  • DawnDale

    I have never been in combat, but as a Marine gunny’s wife I not only live with one who knows what combat is, but have other family members who served our country in combat as far back as WW1 to Vietnam. Patton and others who proved so important to our success in war are often treated after the war is over, as tissues in a box, you grab one, use it, and then dispose of it. It is our duty to be thankful that people like this are willing to take the risk, just because they love our country and it is “the right thing to do”. They never go into combat looking for praise from us and in my mind and heart, that makes them outstanding people. There are people not in the military who think this way also, police officers, rescue workers and even those ministers serving God who know the left will do all they can to prevent them from speaking up for Jesus Christ and all that He has done for all of us. Yes, America has been blessed but if we don’t acknowledge this, one day we may find those blessings are no longer available.

  • Sasquatch

    During most of his campaigns, Patton had a driver. His name was Sgt. James L. Mims from Abbeville, Alabama, near Dothan. I visited Mims doing research on a photo of Patton at Ft. Benning before WWII. The jeep wasn’t driven by Mims but it did have a tag on the front that read “War Eagle”. I got to sit down with Mims and his wife and go through his scrapbook during the Christmas season of 1990. He was adamant about the misrepresentations of the movie “Patton” and told me specific items that were wrong. Patton rarely stayed in luxurious quarters, living in a customized van that had a modest cot, basin and closet. Mims described of several times where he pulled Patton’s boots off after too many bourbons. Mims drove Gen. Patton until the end of the war and returned home promptly. As Patton was assigned to coordinate daily life in Germany and Luxembourg, his accident happened just weeks later, without Mims at the wheel. Mims distinctly wanted me to tell others that he was home when that happened. I left a Christmas gift of champagne with he and his wife Dorothy. She later wrote me and told me he had died of cancer.
    To have driven this great general through the battles and travels of turning the Nazis away from world domination must have been incredible. I am so thankful to have met and lucky enough to have sought him out.
    The soldier who set up for that apology in Italy ? His name was Lt. Herb Wiggins of Gadsden, Alabama. He was a Signal Corps officer that went ashore at Normandy the night before the invasion to set up phone lines.

  • jaws4316

    Eisenhower held Patton back because Roosevelt and Churchill had promised Stalin that the Russians would have the honor of “taking” Moscow at the Yalta Conference about a year earlier. It is also a good possibility that Patton was assassinated (which was subsequently covered up as an accident) because he was considered a loose cannon due to his expressing his viewpoint which I will paraphrase. “We’re going to have to fight these Russian SOBs sooner or later. Why not do it now while we’ve got the troops and equipment already here in the European Theatre?” I am of the firm opinion that he was proven by history to have been a prophetic genius in the arena of military strategy.

    • Charles

      Jews4316 , My father fought with Old Blood and Guts and said not much could slow the general down . My father drove the Sherman tank wile he was with the third Armored . He said the guys that maned the Sherman tanks called them Ronsons because when hit with an enemy shell they would burst into flame . He also said the Sherman tank was no match for the German Panthers tanks .

      • jaws4316

        I’ve heard that said before. Ronsons, or flaming coffins. My Grandpa served in the Navy, first on Convoy Escort duty in the Atlantic and later as an AA gunner on the Destroyer Escort USS Kretchmer in the Pacific.

  • Dale Netherton

    You have to ask what morality is driving the sacrificial actions of our government officials? Is it a morality consonant with free enterprise or is it a morality that eventually creates a socialist state? This is the crux of the issue and because so many are bound up with faith they never question what the root cause of the drift is?