Ductus Exemplo


Re: Violence at Trump rallies – I am reminded of this passage from Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire (from which the movie 300 was based). #GatesofFire was required reading for all Marine Corps second lieutenants when I was at The Basic School.

We talked about how the role of Marine officers was, like that of Dienekes, not only to rally those we would lead – to “fire their valor when it flagged” – but conversely, to “rein in their fury when it threatened to take them out of hand.”

The Officer’s “primary attribute was self-restraint and self-composure, not for his own sake, but for those whom he led by his example.”

“Ductus Exemplo” – the motto at Officer Candidates School: “Leadership by Example”

#DonaldTrump is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.


EPILOGUE – 13 November 2017

A bit too late – “Donald Trump on Sunday told his supporters to stop harassing minorities, in his first televised sit-down interview since becoming President-elect.
“I am so saddened to hear that,” Trump told CBS’ Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” when she said Latinos and Muslims are facing harassment. “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.'”



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