One of Townhall.com’s best columnists is John Hawkins — here are a few excerpts from one of his recent posts, including are a few great quotes he uses:
When I think about America, I think of the Founding Fathers who were willing to “mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor,” to defeat Great Britain and make this a free country. I think of John Paul Jones saying, “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.” I think not only of the brave men who died fighting for their countrymen at the Alamo, but of Sam Houston and his force slaughtering a Mexican force twice their size in retaliation during the Battle of San Jacinto. I think of Teddy Roosevelt getting shot in the chest by an assassin at a political rally and then FINISHING his 90 minute speech before getting medical attention.
I think of the line from George Patton’s speech that was immortalized in the movie,
“When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big-league ball players and the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.”
Americans toughed it out through the Depression, saved the world in WWI, WWII and the Cold War — and then just to put a cherry on top of it, we put a man on the moon.
How did our colleges turn into romper rooms where pitiful mediocrities demand “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” when they hear someone disagrees with them?
How have we gotten to the point where there are so many Americans who EXPECT OTHER PEOPLE to buy their food, pay off their college loans, chip in for the mortgage, take care of their health care and hand them a shiny, happy life wrapped up in a bow – all presumably because their very existence is so wonderful that we should be grateful to have them around?
If America’s future is going to be as bright as its past, we need a lot more tough people who can solve their own problems and a lot fewer wimpy, whining children masquerading as adults.
Read Hawkins’ entire article here.
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