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Trashing Achievements

Cymbaline Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 9:53 AM
"...one would think that he personally "got" bin Laden, without ANYBODY'S help." You didn't build that! Somebody else made that happen!
Dan107 Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 10:09 AM
Obama did say he got bin Laden without anyone's help. His "somebody made that happen," line pertains to other people, not Obama. It doesn't apply to him.
There was a time, within living memory, when the achievements of others were not only admired but were often taken as an inspiration for imitation of the same qualities that had served these achievers well, even if we were not in the same field of endeavor and were not expecting to achieve on the same scale.

The perseverance of Thomas Edison, as he tried scores of materials before finally trying tungsten as the filament of the light bulb he was inventing; the dedication of Abraham Lincoln as he studied law on his own while struggling to make a living -- these were...