Now l have come to the crossroads in my life. I always knew what the right path was. Without exception, I knew, but l never took it. You know why? lt was too damn hard.
This is such a crock of shit !
No, I'm just gettin' warmed up. I don't know whowent to this place.William Howard Taft,William Jennings Bryant, William Tell, whoever. Their spirit is dead,if they ever had one.It's gone. You're buildin'a rat ship here, a vessel forseagoin' snitches. And if you think you'repreparin' these minnows for manhood, you better think again, because I say you arekillin' the very spirit...this institutionproclaims it instills. What a sham. What kind of a showare you guys puttin' on here today ? I mean, the only classin this act is sittin' next to me.I'm here to tell you this boy's soul is intact.It's non-negotiable.You know how I know ?Someone here, and I'm not gonna say who,offered to buy it.
Excuse me ? No, I don'tthink I will.
Are you finished, Mr. Slade ?
But not a snitch !
Please watch your language,Mr. Slade.You are in the Baird school,not a barracks. Mr. Simms, I will give you one final opportunity to speak up.
Mr.Simms doesn't want it. He doesn't needto be labeled..."still worthy ofbeing a Baird man." What the hellis that ? What is your motto here ? "Boys, inform on yourclassmates, save your hide; anything short of that,we're gonna burn you at the stake" ?Well, entlemen,when the shit hits the fan,some guys run... and some guys stay. Here's Charlie facin' the fire,and there's George...hidin' inbig daddy's pocket. And what are you doin' ? You're gonnareward George... and destroy Charlie.
I'm not finished.As I came in here,I heard those words: "cradle of leadership." Well, whenthe bough breaks, the cradle will fall,and it has fallen here.It has fallen. Makers of men,creators of leaders. Be careful what kind of leadersyou're producin' here.I don't know if Charlie'ssilence here today... is right or wrong;I'm not a judge or jury. But I can tell you this: he won't sellanybody out... to buy his future ! And that, my friends,is called integrity.That's called courage. Now that's the stuff leaders should be made of.
Mr. Simms, you area cover-up artist... and you are a liar.
Now here's Charlie.He's come to the crossroads. He has chosen a path. It's the right path. It's a pathmade of principle... that leads to character. Let him continueon his journey.You hold this boy's futurein your hands, Committee.It's a valuable future, believe me. Don't destroy it.Protect it. Embrace it. It's gonna make you proudone day, I promise you.
Stand down, Mr. Slade !
the lot of you. And, Harry, Jimmy, Trent, whereveryou are out there,fuck you too !
Lt. Col. Frank Slade : Out of order, I show you out of order. You don't know what out of order is, Mr. Trask. I'd show you, but I'm too old, I'm too tired, I'm too fuckin' blind. If I were the man I was five years ago, I'd take a FLAMETHROWER to this place! Out of order? Who the hell do you think you're talkin' to? I've been around, you know? There was a time I could see. And I have seen. Boys like these, younger than these, their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there isn't nothin' like the sight of an amputated spirit. There is no prosthetic for that. You think you're merely sending this splendid foot soldier back home to Oregon with his tail between his legs, but I say you are... executin' his soul! And why? Because he's not a Bairdman. Bairdmen. You hurt this boy, you're gonna be Baird bums,……