He stood up to Patton and held his ground. Like so many, they wanted to silence the opposition, ironic in a democracy by definition. Bill Mauldin spoke from a WWII trench, covered in mud, bullets flying around him, soaking wet and frozen to the core; from there his talent gave light to his comrades. Mauldin is gone, died a heroes death in a nursing home, surrounded by those to whom he gave so much light. He was a lucky one.
So where is today's Mauldins? Are they allowed to speak out against 'Patton' and if so would Ike come alone and tell Bill to charge on? It seems that despite the noise that we hear everywhere, that there is a general silence today, and pins dropping can often be heard.