Winston Churchill was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States on April 9th in 1963. Before that he was granted citizenship of eight individual states: Hawaii, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
Today, Winston Churchill Day, commemorates this event.
He was a man who didn’t mix words and spoke with clarity and boldness regardless of whether what he said was popular or if it was what folks wanted to hear. Winston was the Prime Minister of the UK from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
A few of my favorite Winston quotes…
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
During the 1930s, Churchill took the lead in warning about Nazi Germany and was known for being particularly hostile to socialism. Churchill beat Hitler by being named Time Magazine’s ‘Man of the Year’, not once but twice, in 1940 and again in 1949.
The title is granted to those who have significantly influenced the course of history. On his second time receiving this distinction, he was named ‘Man of the Half-Century’.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
The majority in our .gov could do well to follow his example — and apply a few of the quotes above to their daily efforts.
Finally, on this Winston Churchill Day, I’ll end with one of his quotes for all Patriots to take note…
When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
At *your* service,