General MacArthur Speeches and Reports 1908-1964 ハードカバー – 2000/6
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It will be interesting to note, MacArthur established his personality early in his military career and never veered from this. His admonition from his Mother when MacArthur was a student at West Point was, never cheat, never lie, never tattle"". Adhering to this edict MacArthur offered to resign from the Academy rather than answer questions from the Academy panel investigating hazing and harassment by a group of fellow students. MacArthur continued to develop his hard line against political and military intrigue by resolving to always do what he believed right even if he knew no one was watching. Further he was determined never to refuse to carryout the order of a senior officer - never be insubordinate to constituted authority.
Following his dismissal, the theme that rings loud and clear from Gen. MacArthur is that the Republic is on a path to destruction. He not only speaks of his abhorrence of appeasement in Korea, but of communist infiltration in high levels of government, politicians who are self-seeking, high taxes, and a bloated government that has become tyrannical. The wisdom of his words is astounding, but it also occurred to me that if someone says some of the things he said today, it would be politically incorrect or even labelled as "hate speech". This is how far we have fallen!
Also, make no mistake; Gen. MacArthur does not hide his boldness in defending Christianity. In fact he states time and time again that the Christian
faith is the foundation of these United States. Humanity in its secular wisdom, will never hold a nation or a society together.
He states," We must unite in the high purpose that the liberties etched upon the design of our life by our forefathers be unimpaired and that we maintain the moral courage and spiritual leadership to preserve inviolate that mighty bulwark of all freedom, our Christian faith."
At the time Truman caught the worst of the public relations and MacArthur, but since then Truman's stock has risen greatly, and the kind of Constitutionalism and Liberty espoused by MacArthur is now considered old-fashioned and even obsolete by so many in our society that it is no wonder that he is as unknown to so many Americans. Or, if they do know his name, it is only about his return to the Philippines and getting fired by Truman.
This book is a labor of love by Edward T. Imparto, who served on MacArthur's staff and unabashedly views General MacArthur as one of the greatest men in all human history. I will leave you to your own judgments on that matter, but I really admire and enjoy this book.
The author has gathered together every major speech and report (a specialized kind of speech to one's superiors) that MacArthur ever gave (and could be found). From a 1908 lecture he gave to Students Mounted Service School through the January 26, 1964 address he gave to a delegation of cadets on his eighty-fourth birthday. He died weeks later on April 4, 1964.
The speeches included are the very famous addresses as well as less well known, but quite interesting pieces. Some of the entries are quite short and only a few lines long. Some go on for pages, such as his long keynote address at the Republican convention in 1952 after his half-hearted run for the Presidency. I found the talk quite fascinating, but it was not very well received at the time. I think I can guess that his attacks on the Truman administration over Korea might have seemed like beating a dead horse to some.
In any case, you can read all the biographies of MacArthur that you wish, but having this book will let you meet the man through his own words. It is important to know that he wrote his own speeches. These are his words rather than delivering a message crafted by others. As I read the emphasis he put on personal character, on liberty, the Constitution as the founders intended it, as he spoke against the rise of centralized government, increased spending, and the rise in political power in Washington, I find myself wishing his influence in the fifties had been greater. Would that we had people speaking as he did today. Of course, it would be hard for them to be taken seriously at any level of politics today. To our great loss.
An excellent resource and a fine book for all Americans to read and consider.