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Trashing Achievements

Doyle11 Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 10:50 AM
The preamble to the U.S. Constitution states: "....promote the general welfare.... That my friends does not pertain to food stamps but rather, road, bridges, post office, ect. We should mention this whenever the subject comes up.
Moonbat Exterminator Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 11:34 AM
The preamble is essentially a mission statement. It merely describes the overall intent of the document. It contains no specific empowerments.
Buck O Wrote: Jul 20, 2012 11:02 AM
"...road, bridges, post office, ect..."

And even more to national defense.
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...