At the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned.  When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

Mark Twain

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Gen. H.R. McMaster is now the head of the National Security Council.  Yes, a very learned scholar, military innovator, independent and experienced, widely respected, outspoken, brave and strong commander joins the Trump White House ranks and we are all richer for it.

His appointment reminded me that when times bring us fundamental challenge, we cannot play a pat hand.  Such times require new leadership and fresh thinking – and in such times those not up to the task of fresh thinking, those fixed in their ideology and ease, bristle in caustic, hysterical, zany and retrograde words and deeds.

Challenges such as we face cannot fancy “yesterday’s” pet, unexamined dispositions.

Life has a way of requiring that we grow, and challenges are the impetus to growth.

Yes, when leadership is needed the small-minded people of yesterday (those for whom critical thinking has ceased) stubbornly and even violently resist any alterations in their fixed habits and beliefs.

If you wish to understand the howls of Hollywood and the news media, or the ideological dead on the Left or the self-serving and buffeted globalists, just understand that in times of fundamental challenge, innovative leaders and patriots are required.  We have an innovative leader and patriot in General McMaster.  He joins other Cabinet members who, like him, display leadership and love of the Nation.

In the Trump Era we face a time of multiple fundamental challenges.  We owe this to the last two presidential administrations and an always-changing world.

We are about to see Twain’s observation in real time: when change is required the patriots in sight are few – but in time their followers grow and we all benefit.  At the present we need only get through the cries of the snowflakes – those without experience or maturity.

Let no tantrum persuade you.