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Summer 2022

The Wisdom of Grant

Hiram Ulysses Grant, known to posterity as Ulysses S. Grant, was the victorious Commander of the Union Armies during the U.S. Civil War. He was subsequently elected the 18th President of the United States from 1869-1877.

His time in the White House was marred by scandals, owing principally to his extreme naïveté about whom to trust and whom not to trust regarding matters of the affairs of state. A soldier through and through, he did not possess the cunning craftsmanship of a politician, particularly a politician of the post-Civil War America.

My heroic character, Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Carmichael, in THE DAWN makes use of the strategies, history, ideas, and beliefs of this Civil War commander. His most telling moments with this valiant general of the past, a tormented phase of American history, occur during this military man’s times of preparation for future battle. Arthur endeavours to adequately train younger men for the inevitable combat that may prove fatal for them, but shall vanquish the enemy.

I drew inspiration from General Grant during my writing of THE DAWN. Throughout those three years, from 2008-2011, my intense and intensive literary work intersected with a wretched mis-administration of my nation by individuals who wished to do it harm.

Presently, I am engaged in composing THE LAST WALTZ, the mostly unwritten wartime novel that emanated from THE DAWN. This storyline was “embedded” in THE DAWN as I wrote it; I removed it for future use.

I am also engaged in observing the escalation of crises in my nation. These catastrophes emanate directly from within this mis-administration of America by a puppet government, not until the perfidious men of Vichy, who were installed in office by traitors who remain unknown to the patriots. These real subversives and their pawns do not wish any good to this country, or to its citizens.

Ruinous events that surround a person cannot easily be comprehended while those collapsing catastrophes are still in play. Such a disastrous situation can only, at best, be survived. It is only after the atrocious storm has passed that a person is granted the benevolent distance from which to assess the damages wrought to his, or her, world. He then can begin to learn from those scarring experiences, but only if spite and enmity and vindictiveness are absent from his heart.

Otherwise, he is doomed to repeat his own self-damning errors; each repetition deepens in its willful awfulness. Witness today, on any given day, the wanton, perverse, but persistent, dogged, and tone-deaf destruction of major and minor parts of the United States.

Wisdom can only come from a heart willing to forgive grievous pain perpetrated upon it by heartless cowards. The mind cannot, and ought not, forget those cruel lessons, but neither should it dwell upon them or in them. The education of a moral conscience sometimes requires a lifetime of learning. At other times, life presents quickly the ills and wrongs of humanity; and a child becomes schooled by heartaches that must be overcome by the rest of her life.

The ethical parallelism is that the corrosion of a moral sense can take place over the course of years, or quickly. The end result is still the same: a deadened soul from which no life shall ascend.

There’s a lifetime of cautionary tales and truths being taught every day out there, in the public square that has become a cesspool of squalor. Cleaning up this country has already begun with bulldozing through the garbage of propaganda. Those bold efforts yield facts, not fiction.

Those fundamental lessons can, then, upon sober and serene reflection, and with the help of the Almighty, become wisdom.

These statements presented below were granted to our nation by a man named Grant. He was a patriotic American who rose to greatness through tragedy, and with humility and harrowing sorrow, over all of which he triumphed.

Protect your soul with the encouragement of faith. And with the wisdom of Ulysses S. Grant.

I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.

Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.

There are but two parties now: traitors and patriots. And I want hereafter to be ranked with the latter and, I trust, the stronger party.

. . . But my later experience has taught me two lessons: first, that things are seen plainer after the events have occurred; second, that the most confident critics are generally those who know the least about the matter criticised.

Cheap cigars come in handy; they stifle the odor of cheap politicians.

Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives.

The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.

The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.

The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.

Two commanders on the same field are always one too many.

Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.

Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true.

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.

There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.