Monday, April 28, 2008

Who is That Who Rises from the Shadows?

Today I was elected chair of the Media Studies department by secret ballot, my exact margin of victory not revealed. I could not help but think of the words of Winston Churchill on assuming the prime minister's office in 1940.

We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy?

I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory; victory at all costs; victory in spite of all terror; victory, however long and hard the road may be. For without victory, there is no survival.

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But I take up my task with buoyancy and hope. I feel sure that our cause will not be suffered to fail among men. At this time I feel entitled to claim the aid of all, and I say, "Come then, let us go forward together with our united strength."

This is perhaps not directly applicable in our current discussion of what the entree should be for the senior banquet, but it shows a fine vigorous spirit on my part, and a willingness to stand in profile against the rising (never a setting) sun.

5 comments:

Amber said...

*tries to think of a good monstrous tyranny for the Media Studies department to wage war against*

david silver said...

indeed, it reveals a fine vigorous spirit and perhaps that's why we elected you, unanimously, to be our fearless leader!

now, if we could only find a monstrous tyrant to aim our battles against.

....J.Michael Robertson said...

I can't do everthing. Meetings will be strictly BYOT: Bring Your Own Tyrant.

Pastor Kathy said...

Congratulations! I never before had a friend who was actually chairman of a Media Studies department!

....J.Michael Robertson said...

Kathy: Nice to know you still drop by. I'll check our your blog, where I haven't visited in awhile for news of cats, horses and Nawleans.