TAPS

 TAPS

While most of the movies produced by Hollywood are utter shit and ripe with all sorts of degeneracy, every so often a quality movie slips through. The movie that I am talking about is called “Taps” from 1981. Without spoiling the plot of the film, I want to touch on the major theme that is most striking. The theme being honour. Honour is the pinnacle of Aryan society. This movies embodies the struggle between the Kshatriya and their honour against the capitalist forces of decay. I highly encourage all of our readers to actually sit down and watch this movie, so I will not spoil it but a brief description of the movie is as follows: young men attend a military academy known as “Bunker Hill, they are informed that the board of trustees who own the land that the academy occupies plan on selling it and destroying it to make way for condominiums, the cadets are indignant over this gross display of dishonour, they defend their sacred academy against the capitalist forces who wish to take it from them. This movie has many major displays of the Fascist spirit throughout it and thus the championing of honour, loyalty, duty, and courage over the fear of defeat and death. Through out the entire movie there are various quotes and scenes that exemplify honour, courage, and loyalty.

Here are a few excerpts of dialogue from the movie:

Brian Moreland: Sir, how can they do this?
General Bache: With the stroke of a pen, sir. Their field of honour was a desktop. They didn’t consult me. Never hinted at what their plans were. They just papered it and penciled it and went ahead and did it because that’s what the numbers said.
Brian Moreland: Sir, all they want is money. Let them raise the tuition. We’ll pay it.
General Bache: I’m afraid it’s not quite that simple, son. There’s a feeling on the outside that schools like this are anachronistic, and leaders of men like you and me are dinosaurs.
Brian Moreland: Sir?
General Bache: Well, you go to the movies, you read books. A military leader is always portrayed as slightly insane. Very often more than slightly. That’s because it is insane to cling to honor in a world where honor is held in contempt.
Brian Moreland: Sir, I don’t know if I really deserve the rank of major. My first thought was for myself. I didn’t think about the others or the school…
General Bache: Sit down, Mr Moreland.
Brian Moreland: Sir. [Sits]
General Bache: Never be ashamed of being human. Without humanity, a leader becomes a tyrant.
Brian Moreland: I was relieved. I figured I had another year. I could graduate and go on to West Point.
General Bache: So you will. And the others too. I haven’t spent a lifetime fighting just to turn over and play dead now. I came to Bunker Hill when I was twelve years old. Just like you. With the exception of those twelve years, I’ve been in uniform all my life. I know men younger than myself who take their pensions and put on stupid little white shirts with cut-off sleeves, alligator on the tit, and spend the rest of their days beating the hell out of a little white ball with an iron club. My God! The thought of it makes me want to puke.
Brian Moreland: They like it like that, civilians.
General Bache: Well, the one thing civilians know is their rights. And it was within their rights to push us out, to make way for their… goddamned… condominiums! But we have one little advantage on them.
Brian Moreland: What’s that, sir?
General Bache: We’re here. And the condos aren’t. We have a foothold. You boys are my purpose. You’re my family. And I’m not going to let them take you away from me.
Brian Moreland: We won’t either, sir. We won’t let them.

That is one example, here’s another:

Col. Kerby: [after a cadet is accidentality burned] You know you’re responsible for that boy?
Brian Moreland: It was an accident.
Col. Kerby: I’ve gone to the mat with the civil authorities. I’m urging them to take into consideration your youth and the strain…
Brian Moreland: Cut the bullshit. Nobody in here’s young any more.
Col. Kerby: Excuse me if I don’t shed tears over your lost youth. You’ve had your chances to toss it in. You’ve got this chance. The governor is this close to ordering us to take you in by force. When that order comes, I’ll do it and you won’t ever be that unhappy again. I’ll have to do it.
Brian Moreland: They want us to be good little boys now so we can fight some war for them in the future. Some war they’ll decide on. We’d rather fight our own war right now.
Col. Kerby: Brian, we’re talking about boys so young they haven’t got hair one between their legs.
Brian Moreland: That’s never been any qualification for a soldier.
Col. Kerby: Good Christ!
Brian Moreland: The final stage of any mobilization is the children, the seed corn.
Col. Kerby: What in God’s name did they teach you in here? What did they turn you into?
Brian Moreland: A soldier. The only thing I ever wanted to be.
Col. Kerby: A soldier? No, goddammit, I’m a soldier, with the career goal of all soldiers. I wanna stay alive in situations where it ain’t easy, but you, my friend, you’re a death lover. I know the species. Seventeen years old and some son of a bitch has put you in love with death. Somebody sold you on the idea that dying for a cause is romantic. Well, that is the worst kind of all the kinds of bullshit there is! Dying is only one thing. Bad. Don’t find that out. Please.
Brian Moreland: We’ll reduce our demands to just one.
Col. Kerby: I’m listening.
Brian Moreland: A meeting with General Bache. Let the order come directly from him. We’ll obey.
Col. Kerby: General Bache died last night at six o’clock.
Brian Moreland: You son of a bitch. You and I have nothing more to talk about.

These are just two brief examples of dialogue in the movie to give you a feel for what I’m trying to get across in showing what this movie is and how I feel it is a very important movie to watch. There are several movies that come to mind that I’d love to also recommend, but for now this comes to the front, to the top of the list. So, have fun, gather some of your friends, have some beers, and enjoy the movie.

Raccoon