second of four sons, Jordan Gottschall, knew at a very young age that
he wanted to serve his country as a Marine. I knew at a very young age
that I wanted all of my children to go directly to college from high
school. Jordan honored my wishes: after graduating from high school, he
went off to college and earned a business degree from Clemson
University. He also followed his heart; while completing his studies at
college, he applied for the Marines’ Officer Candidates School (OCS),
got accepted, and upon his graduation from Clemson he was off to
Quantico for training.
After his OCS training was complete,
Jordan was selected to go on to the Infantry Officer Course (IOC) – a
rigorous, grueling program designed to identify and develop effective
combat leaders. As Jordan shared with me his experiences during his
training, I was impressed that even though war tactics, survival
skills, and marksmanship were part of the weekly training schedule, the
daily schedule centered on training the officers to be strong leaders.
last five-star general, Omar N. Bradley, wisely said, "Leadership is an
intangible. No weapon, no impersonal piece of machinery ever designed
can take its place."
General Bradley commanded the million-man
army in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. In fact,
he led our forces throughout World War II—from the D-day invasion, to
the Battle of the Bulge, and finally to the surrender of the Nazis and
the collapse of the Third Reich. General Bradley knew that it would
take real leadership, not just guns and tanks, to win each battle, and
ultimately the war.
Today, our Republican Party needs the wisdom
and experience of a five-star general to command the millions of
Americans in another Operation Overlord. This battle is not being
fought on foreign soil, but in the courts and in the Capital of our
great nation. Taking over the White House and restoring America's
justice system may be as daunting a task as the landing of our troops
on the shores of Normandy. Our party’s presidential candidate, Donald
Trump, and our Republican leaders will need all hands on deck to steer
our nation through the turbulent waters that have been stirred and
muddied by the hands of liberal government.
Our strength and
our resolve will be tested at every turn. The battle ahead will not be
won by the weak, the indecisive, or the moderate. It will be won by the
strong, decisive, and conservative Americans who make their voices
heard and who give themselves to the honorable cause of making America
great again. No man—not even the President—can do this single-handedly.
It will take each one of us, bound together by a spirit of
determination and unity to achieve victory—for our candidates, and for
My son and thousands of other troops took their
call to serve their country seriously. I charge each of you to do your
part by volunteering your time and your talents over the next five
months to support our local and national Republican “troops”— our
candidates. Their battle is fierce. To turn the tide in this battle and
ultimately achieve victory, we must support and stand united together
with our candidates.
Remember that the Upstate Republican
Women’s Club is “The Working Club.” Let’s get behind our Republican
candidates and be a good example to our community and our state.
~ Donna Gottschall
Lieutenant Jordan Gottschall actively serves our country today as an
Infantry Tactics Advisor in the Republic of Georgia as a member of the
Georgian Training Team.