“People of the Philippines: I have returned.” – General Douglas MacArthur
As World War II began, General Douglas MacArthur – the commander of the “U. S. Army Forces In The Far East” – found his Philippine headquarters menaced by the Japanese military. As the situation grew more desperate, MacArthur was commanded by the President to relocate to Australia where his life would be less endangered.
Having been stationed in the Philippines for just months short of two decades, however, General MacArthur was dedicated to the Filipinos, and he felt like moving to Australia would be deserting both them and the American soldiers remaining in Bataan. For a short time, MacArthur actually considered resigning his commission and remaining as an ordinary soldier, but his Chief of Staff, Richard K. Sutherland, wisely talked him out of that ill-advised choice.
Though convinced to move to Australia, MacArthur’s dedication to the people under his protection remained. Arriving in Adelaide, Australia, Douglas MacArthur made headlines by famously promising, “I came through and I shall return.”
For two years after that statement, General MacArthur was too busy fighting elsewhere to return to free the Philippines. For two long years, he seemed to have forgotten his promise.
Then, in October 1944, American forces landed on the Philippine island of Leyte. Even amid sporadic sniper fire and mortar attacks, General MacArthur, eager to return to the land he had been forced to desert, waded ashore and fulfilled his promise to the Filipino people. In his prepared speech, MacArthur announced:
“People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil — soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples. We have come dedicated and committed to the task of destroying every vestige of enemy control over your daily lives, and of restoring upon a foundation of indestructible strength, the liberties of your people.”
Though it would be nearly a year before the Japanese occupation was completely ended and many more years before normal life returned, MacArthur’s promise was ultimately fulfilled. Freedom returned again to the Filipino people.
I Have Returned, Also!
Like MacArthur, through to a much smaller degree, I have returned to writing Practical Manliness. After two months of emptiness, your email inboxes and feed readers will again be filled, Lord willing, with your tri-weekly dose of manliness.
Where Have I Been?
Over these past two months, I have been busy with college and travel. During the month of July, I was primarily occupied with CLEP testing. By the grace of God and the invaluable help of College Plus, I succeeded in finishing fully a semester of my accounting degree in one month.
During the month of August, I took a break from school. Between two vacations, I focused on reading and writing a thirty-one page entry for the Trinity Foundation Essay Contest.
What About The Future?
After considering my long-term plans for the future, I have decided that Practical Manliness certainly should be continued. In fact, writing Practical Manliness is one of my three main goals for the next year. If all goes according to plan, I don’t intend to take any more blogging vacations. [Update: Due to unexpected circumstances, I have been forced to change plans. See why here.]
Together we can both advance toward greater manliness!