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Motivation To Prosper

Cambermeister Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:51 PM
An open letter from California to the people of Jefferson, North Carolina; For most of you, running through your veins is the blood of highlander forefathers and their fierce independent spirit. Your ancestors refused to submit and accept the comfortable life as a Roman …becoming one of few groups the legions couldn’t conquer. Across northern England, Hadrian’s Wall was erected as testament to the fear Roman Emperors had for Scotsmen. Unable to get your kind to cooperate, English Kings relocated your Scottish kin from Britain to Ireland and eventually, our nation was blessed with your arrival from Ulster. Uncomfortable with comfort, your forefathers headed ‘over the mountain’ into Indian territory in search of a place to call...
Cambermeister Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:54 PM
Will the Administration succeed where Caesars, Kings and Generals have failed?
What will become of us…as a nation if even Scots-Irish forget how to be independent?
Senator Webb says your independent spirit…is the true spirit of our nation. What happens when ‘Over the Mountain Men’ forget how to fight for themselves?
Sincerely
Concerned Californian
Cambermeister Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:53 PM
Once again, powerful rulers from afar see your independent spirit as a problem. The current Administration launched a multi-million dollar ad campaign designed to overcome what they call your determined independence. Their stated intention is to get more of your people to accept aid from government. So far, their efforts have been met with mixed success. One exception is your town of Jefferson. The Ashe County Department of Social Services received the “Gold” award from the USDA for confronting what they call “mountain pride” and increasing food stamp participation by 10 percent.
Cambermeister Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:53 PM
Your people tried to stay out of the Revolution, but in 1776 the British encouraged Cherokee allies to launch a full scale invasion of your area…which you successfully repelled. Simultaneously, British Major Ferguson warned your forefathers to stay out of the fray and threatened your families if you helped the Patriots. From what became your town, a militia was formed that marched hundreds of miles to kill this British Major. That battle at Kings Mountain turned the tide of the Revolution. Historians agree, had your forefathers not taken on this challenge, we’d have lost the war.
Cambermeister Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 3:52 PM
...a place to call their own. Scots-Irish from what became your county of Ashe helped craft the Articles of the Watauga Association which Teddy Roosevelt said had “bid defiance to outside foes, and they successfully solved the difficult problem of self-government." Yes, your forefathers started the first democracy in America.
On Nov. 29, 1766, Benjamin Franklin wrote for the London Chronicle: "I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. -- I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did...