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Trashing Achievements

william 3905 Wrote: Jul 23, 2012 2:00 AM
Dr. Sowell, you are among the greatest of America's treasures. Why didn't they elect you president?
KPar Wrote: Jul 24, 2012 3:07 PM
I have heard it said that Dr. Sowell does not "suffer fools gladly".

In D.C. that would amount to a LOT of suffering...
Charles3662 Wrote: Jul 23, 2012 6:58 AM
Because to become President he would have to modify his image so much you would no longer have Thomas Sowell. He may have been divorced, could you handle that? And what is Thomas Sowell's continuing theme--that Government is the problem. How would that settle with all the special interests? Thomas Sowell is a negro, he would be expected to take care of negro interests and be labeled an "Uncle Tom" if he refused. No, the Presidential election process is a rude blemish on history and we don't need to destroy another good man to prove it.
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...