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 Posted: Sat Mar 22nd, 2008 12:40 am
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Has anyone noticed that none of these virtues was offered in a class at West Point? This is the kind of stuff that you learn or choose not to learn at your father's knee. It's the kind of stuff that you bring with you when you get some book learning. No one instructed Grant in the fine art of being a pushy fellow. No one instructed Lee in the fine art of being a gentleman.

None of the studies at the USMA changes anything about the baggage you bring there. You learn rules and discipline and popping a cap or two with trajectories and theories, but none of it changes where you came from. Sometime, back there, Grant learned to never turn back, and Lee had his affirmation as a gentleman. West Point didn't do it.


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