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The Spirit of America Medical Personnel

“Let the Hero Born of Women, crush the Serpent with its heel.” I want to raise your Spirits by recognizing the finest of who we are. The Civil War Was the deadliest in our history leaving 700,000 dead. From the ashes of this horror Julia Ward Howe, using the music from “John Browns Body” composed a Hymn which to this day inspires men and women in battle. It is a Hymn that demonstrates greatness in the finest way that can be. It has a religious bent yet it has words and phrases and rhythm that inspire the very finest in our hearts and souls. Wherever you see a reference to God, (or His) please also apply “AMERICA” and our civilian soldiers today “MEDICAL PERSONNEL”. If you are not religious think of the two latter. If you do this attentively the Spirit of America will emerge. Hold it close and dear as this spirit is the true value of humankind.

I want you to read slowly in a way that you are most attentive and absorb and feel what it is like to be in the Medical profession today. What it is like to be on the battlefield. To be in grave danger, trying to survive and at the same time protect your fellow man. To show with deed the truth of this land of Human Hope, the home of the American Spirit”. Feel your country. Feel the greatness that is there when we are needed by our land and move together with the hallowed greatness of America.

One time at a place called Smoke Bomb Hill at Fort Bragg, N.C., the home of the Special Forces, I was in an EM (Enlisted Mans) club with a group of soldiers that had recently returned from Viet Nam. I did not go. In the discussion a First Sergeant asked the men if they knew the most revered word in the United States Military. The men knew. Simultaneously the men raised their voices and said “MEDIC”.


“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;

He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;

He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;

His truth is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;

They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;

I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps,

His day is marching on.

I have read His fiery gospel writ in rows of burnished steel!

“As ye deal with my condemners, so with you My grace shall deal!

Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel, “

Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;

He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;

Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him; be jubilant, my feet!

Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,

With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;

As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free!

While God is marching on.”

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

His truth is marching on.

Whenever you see a Doctor or a Nurse or a room cleaner or anyone of their support staff; say Thank You…and think to yourself “His truth is marching on”. Remember who we are and be proud and shiver with inspiration. Walking tall, brave, caring, loving, with compassion, firmly believing in the equality of all, in equal justice for all and the very best that has taken place in the human heart since our beginning. No profession exemplifies this as does the Medical Profession. “E pluribus unum” All for One, One for All. When you seek Medical help, that is where you are, in the bosom of the American heart at her finest never tarnished since our founding. They set the example that reminds us of who we really are.

Absorb the beauty and the power and the strength of their example and you will walk away inspired, ready to take on this virus with the spirit and hope of our Founders as this land was intended to be.

The Medical Profession is honoring the crimson sacrifice of every young man and woman that gave their all for this land. They represent the human decency and the beauty of equal pursuit that they died for. For them the battle is every day. They are performing in the finest traditions of the intent of this land and they show us with clear example that even when we veer, the heartbeat of America is alive and well and the future will hold that greatness.

When you see a nurse on television asking for equipment with a tear in her eye you are seeing a soldier unequipped on the battlefield among the dead, fighting to stay alive to keep others alive. There are 39,000 dead in the U.S. as of April 19th, 2020. There are now over 724,000 corona virus infected in the U.S. There are 2.3 million cases worldwide with 161,000 deaths. The numbers eerily climb each day. 100’s of these dead and 1000’s of infected are Medical Professionals fighting to keep the rest of us alive.

Our leadership has completely failed our front-line fighters and our people. The worst contributor to this death is the inept thinking of Trump. We have allowed our infrastructure to deteriorate to where we cannot manufacture Test Kits, Masks, Gowns, or Eye Gear. Worse yet Trump has not reasonably tried to use the resources available. Only the most foolish among us do not see his lack of empathy now and before the pandemic. With weak leadership throughout Washington, we are dependent on other lands that use their stockpiles for themselves. We are not equipped for disease, famine or war within our borders. Lessons must be taken from this horrible crisis lest the future hold more unspeakable nightmares that may take generations to recover from. Bring home every factory we need to protect us. There are too many evils that lie ahead. We are a land without leadership, without vision, that does not prepare. We must learn to create the deeds that cause remedy. We must learn “deed”, rhetoric is garbage.

As our Medical Profession, our heroes born of woman crush the serpent with their heals, our leaders in a land that once turned out daily, Aircraft Carriers, Battle Ships, Submarines, Tanks, Fighter Jets, Jeeps, Trucks, Bazookas, Gas Masks, Machine Guns, Rifles, Rations and every logistical item imaginable, today, cannot provide face masks and not even hand sanitizer for our citizens. If that is not a lesson we are doomed. Our leaders have forsaken their duty. Us. We are a great people floundering in the midst of an advanced systemic leadership crisis that may well be the undoing of our great pursuit.

The vast majority of our people have hearts that embrace the truthful equal intent of our Founders. They devised a guide for us to be the finest that humans can be. The distortion of the clear intent of that guide has altered our course. We want America. We want equality and inclusivity. In no place is this exemplified with such clarity and bravery as in our Medical Profession. We owe them so much. We owe them far more than the confusion and failures they are experiencing to keep the rest of us alive.

They are our finest example of those that have not broken faith with those who died. They are walking tall in the presence of great personal danger. E-Pluribus-Unum.

Thank You each and every one….

Bill McClellan