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“Should the Army and the Navy / Ever look on Heaven’s scenes, / They will find the Streets are guarded / By United States Marines.”

You could argue the “Marine’s Hymn” is not divinely inspired, of course. But try telling that to the Marines.

• John R. Coyne Jr., a former White House speechwriter, is co-author of “Strictly Right: William F. Buckley Jr. and the American Conservative Movement” (Wiley).