Republic. One Of Those Words…

Republic.

One of those words. A word we far too often neglect to use today, but we need to be reminded of it once in a while.

“Republic, I like the sound of the word. Means people can live free, talk free, go or come by ourselves, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words give you a feeling. Republic is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat, the same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step, or his first baby shaves and makes his first sound like a man. Some words can give you a feeling that’ll make your heart warm. Republic is one of those words.” John Wayne as Colonel Davy Crockett to Laurence Harvey as Colonel William Travis, Commander of the Alamo

This is from the movie, The Alamo directed by John Wayne. He also starred in the movie with Richard Boone, Richard Widmark, Chill Wills, Patrick Wayne, Frankie Avalon and Ken Curtis (best known as Festus on Gunsmoke).

Now this was just a short speech by an actor in a movie, but it wasn’t just any actor, it was The Duke. It wasn’t just any movie, it was about The Battle of the Alamo. It seems to me that we need more leaders today that feel this way about our republic.