When you're a columnist, you tend to spend most of your time covering the hot issues of the day. While there's nothing wrong with that, it's not a bad idea to do something a little out of the ordinary every once in a while. So, with that in mind, I decided to write about some of the Americans that I've found inspirational. Not all of these people are saints and more than a few of them have feet of clay, but I've come to admire each and every one of them.
Andrew Jackson: "Old Hickory" was a ferocious Indian fighter, a warrior's warrior, and a common man who played a crucial role in the expansion of the United States. He smashed the Creek Indians and took 8 million acres at their expense, kept the British from cutting the country in half by defeating them at the Battle of New Orleans, and took Florida from the Spanish. Then to top it all off, he became President of the United States.
Rush Limbaugh: When I was a mushy-headed moderate in college who was looking to learn more about politics, listening to Rush and reading his books converted me to conservatism. Then, when I considered getting into political blogging, I figured, "Hey, if Rush can do his radio show, why can't I create a political blog?" Of course, if Rush hadn't saved AM radio and proved that there was an audience for conservative commentary on the news, there might not have even been a conservative blogosphere for me to get into in the first place. Other than Ronald Reagan, nobody has done more to advance conservatism than Rush Limbaugh.
Abe Lincoln: Because of his steadfast leadership during the Civil War, slavery was ended in the United States and the Union was preserved. In my book, that accomplishment makes him the second greatest American, just behind George Washington.
Billy Graham: His work in bringing so many people to Christ undoubtedly makes him one of the greatest Americans in history and additionally, he has always seemed to me to be exactly what a Christian should be: a humble, imperfect person who works to correct his flaws in order to please the Lord.
Michelle Malkin: Malkin is the best of the best in my chosen profession, professional blogging. Not only has she built two huge blogs from the ground up, she's a successful columnist, writes books, does regular TV appearances, and still finds time to take care of a family. She's also brilliant, courageous, and has a knack for finding stories that deserve more attention. If feminism hadn't been warped and twisted by left-wing ideology, Malkin would be a prototype of the sort of woman that feminists would aspire to be.