|"From Here to Lt. Col. Allen West|
by Michael Moriarty
Nothing so reinforces the essential integrity of the American character than another viewing of the American Classic, "From Here To Eternity." Seen through contemporary eyes, it looks like an extended examination of Lt. Col Allen West's entire experience with the Third Millennium American military.
The American rebels with a cause in "From Here To Eternity," the heroes of that 1941, Pearl Harbor drama, are all, in some sense, a replica of Lt. Col. West. The Colonel's individual freedom and individual integrity, his truth to himself and responsibility to his enlisted men were fulfilled in the clearest and most unswerving manner.
In my opinion, he saved the lives of American servicemen and drew a line in the sand before the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, homicidal bully of Iran.
In the eyes of Col. West's military superiors, he was considered the villain in "From Here To Eternity."
To the contrary, he belongs with the characters played by Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, and Frank Sinatra. Three distinctively American integrities.
Why was the Colonel singled out for an enforced "resignation"?
The collective bargaining and cronyism of the Third Millennium, American Army-at-War was seen spitting on its own best soldiers because of the New World Order's increasingly Marxist agenda.
In the film translation of that always surprising novel by James Jones, From Here To Eternity, individual freedom and individual responsibility are the heroes battling the community organizing pressure and collective bargaining going on under the guidance of Captain Dana "Dynamite" Holmes. That officer is, in short, the villain, played by Phillip Ober with perfect contempt for anyone or anything but himself.
Does such elitism sound familiar?
There are prophetically Marxist-style cabals and pressures existing to both force Prewittt, the Montgomery Clift character, to box, and to "transform" Frank Sinatra's Maggio into a coward and someone ashamed of his Italian roots. Maggio would rather die, be beaten to death, than succumb to any bully.
Neither effort succeeds, of course, and both Maggio and Prewitt, true to themselves, die as heroes, fighting not only their enemies abroad but the very "community organizers" and "collective bargainers" that can so obscenely crop up in any military setting.
With prophetic irony, the villainous officer of "From Here To Eternity" is given the same sentence which a whole new, politically correct military – during President George W. Bush's militarily ambitious administration – felt obliged to give our contemporary hero, Lt. Col. West a forced resignation.
Obama's "fundamental transformation of America" had already begun during the previous Presidency. Decades before that, the soul of the American identity died with the legalized murder of Roe v Wade: Again, as in slavery days, all men and women are no longer created equal.
No wonder the likes of the Soros/Obama New World Order arrived. The enemy to the essence of American identity already had 30-some years of a homicidally corrupted law and order.
Therein lies our President's stated view of his mission: to save the collective. The undeniably Marxist collective.
Before the American military had to even face confronting the Soviet Union, James Jones's "From Here To Eternity" captured the basic heart of our dilemma now: Community Organizing and Collective Bargaining versus Individual Freedom and Individual Responsibility.
The Soviet Union and Red China are clearly a child of the former disciplines and America the proud and resilient offspring of the latter.
How odd that the Marxists abort millions of the very collective they claim to be protecting while traditional America feels obliged to ensure the life of every child conceived within the United States.
The title, "From Here To Eternity," is ultimately the most hopeful thing about James Jones' novel. That, of course, and the fact that we eventually, after huge sacrifice of the Free World's lives, won World War II.
My last article for Big Peace set America in the classically tragic mould of Oedipus and a potential family bloodbath. That, of course, then inspired this week's ESR article on America's Second Civil War.
Do the murderous feelings within "From Here To Eternity" still remain in today's America.?
I feel those American identity nightmares are worse now than ever.
Perhaps the character closest to Lt. Col. Allen West in "From Here To Eternity" is Burt Lancaster's First Sergeant Milton Warden. This sergeant knows the entire universe of enlisted life and, yes, miraculously he treads a clear but complicated path of moral rectitude. He's the strongest of the heroes in that film and I suspect that Lt. Col. Allen West is neck and neck with the Lancaster character and, with his officer's credentials, will indeed stand with Sergeant Warden in the best tradition of American manhood and heroism.
No, the Sergeant of "From Here To Eternity" is hardly a saint, nor should we expect Col. Allen West to be one during his long and inevitable pilgrimage to the White House.
Am I that sure of his destiny?
Col. West may not become our President – though circumstances may very well make him that – but he will serve in some very important role in our next President's cabinet, that team of advisers which President Obama has so cavalierly ignored.
Aside from the obviously worn-out and beleaguered Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who or what traipses through or calls the Oval Office more often than the labor union bullies running things in Wisconsin?
This bully, played with divinely crafted sadism by Ernest Borgnine, won't mess with the likes of Burt Lancaster's Sgt. Warden. Fatso ultimately drops his knife.
The increasingly Fatted Marxists of the Obama Nation, in turn, won't mess with Lt. Col. West.
What do you think?"