Re: Selective disobedience
Jerome J Phillips (hicap9@JUNO.COM)
Mon, 6 Jul 1998 21:15:07 -0400
On Thu, 2 Jul 1998 11:19:52 -0500 Hal Dudley <wolfcsm@MAIL.N-LINK.COM>
>The thread is sort of disturbing to me. I agree about thinking being a
>part of the method implimenting any rule or regulation. I do wounder
>Also, one chooses to ignore this rule, another chooses to ignore a
>different rule, someone else chooses to ignore, or modify a third.
>does it end?
>In a larger view, where would this country be if anyone could ignore
>rules and regulations as they choose? I realize that this is an
>example but ....
To be civil about it, your example is not too extreme.
(Learned this one in college , I did.)
During the trials at nuremberg it was discovered that the Germans had
secured copies of all of our field manuals. Everything from small unit
tactics to large scale divisional maneuvers.
We good ol' boys were able to fight a holding action long enough for the
Russian Army to wear down the Germans enough so that "WE" could claim
Many of the German Generals admired our ability to adapt to a situation
by thinking and not just following the Standard Procedures.
Also for some reason I seem to remember an incident which began in 1776
where we didn't follow the rules. Rules are a necessary evil to give us
guidance during the lack of intellegent guidance. However, it is easier
to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission!
I could go on forever, but if you want to read a good book about a rule
breaker, pick up a copy of "About Face", by Lt. Col. (ret.) David
Hackworth. I picked up my copy at the Benning School for Boys, but any
good book store should be able to get it for you (around $20.00)
Sorry to go on for so long
My wife says I talk to much.
The Grand Procrastinator
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