Posts tagged “America”

In the final analysis, the progress of our civilization will be retarded if any large body of citizens falls behind. Without the help of thousands of others, any one of us would die, naked and starved.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
John F. Kennedy, Civil Rights Announcement, June 11, 1963

One of my favorite quotes was first published two hundred and thirty-seven years ago today:

MinutemanThese are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, Number I — December 18, 1776

Stars and Stripes Forever

Everything in this country would just be a whole lot better if everyone simply listened to a bit more John Philip Sousa. I mean, really. Why do we have to wait until July 4th? This stuff is just terrific. How can you hear these things and not want to go vote and settle the West

Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin

Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin

On Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions and Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanacks

America the Beautiful

The Sept. 11 attacks increased, rather than decreased, Americans’ expressed satisfaction with the way things are going in the country — one of the most intriguing public opinion shifts of 2001. Gallup’s December reading on satisfaction, at 70%, is the highest since February 1999. The October and November satisfaction ratings were 67% and 65%, respectively.

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