As everyone knows, the title of Clint Eastwood‘s Invictus is taken from William Ernest Henley‘s short poem of the same title, which was first published in 1875. “Master of my fate, captain of my soul, bloody but unbowed,” etc. It’s one of the best right-wing poems of all time and I respect it as such, but for most of us Henley’s words fly better on the page than they do in real life.

The best stand-alone right-wing sentiment I’ve ever heard is “better a general in hell than a corporal in heaven.” Because for most conservatives, power — the ability to choose and make moves as a rugged stand-alone entity without having to bend over or take any crap from bureaucrats or mealy-mouths — is all.