Anton Otto Fischer
August 19, 1812: the first victory at sea by USS Constitution over HMS Guerriere.
“We’ve been kicking ass for 200 years! We’re 10 and 1!” Bill Murray tells his unit. “We’re Americans. With a capital A, huh? You know what that means? Do you? That means that our forefathers…were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We’re the underdog. We’re mutts.”
John Winger was wrong about 10 and 1. But I think Bill Murray was right about plenty else. The War of 1812 happened at a time in our history when we don’t like to admit that we had no idea what we were doing, and we were screwing up all over the place.
Sometimes it’s good to be made humble. Because that’s when you remember that you’re maybe more like the people around you than you think.