August 2011

Politics and Professionalism: a Response: Political Discourse Has Value

Volume 95, Issue 8

Last December's issue of the Marine Corps Gazette featured essays from the 2010 Gen Robert E. Hogaboom Leadership Writing Contest. The Honorable Mention article, titled "Politics and Professionalism: a Precautionary Note," by Capt Jonathan Wong, describes for us the type of political discussions he and other Marines have witnessed among both Marines and civilians. These encounters are described as contemptuous, contentious, loud, passionate, personal, polarized, and vitriolic.

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Col Vincent Goulding, USMC(Ret)

J P Hesford Jr