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Friday, July 04, 2003

The Spirit of '76-"Bring 'em On!"-I haven't been doing too much blogging this week, but I've seen a bit of fallout from Bush's comments on Iraqi opposition fighters, with "cowboy" being a common line from the usual suspects on the left and overseas. However, this being the Fourth of July, I felt that that "Bring 'em On!" spirit was indicative of the American spirit. As a country, we're not bashful about taking on a big project and not bashful about declaring our confidence in our abilities to pull the big projects off. The French made a stab at a Panama Canal, the Americans did it. I recall Kennedy's speech pushing for a moon landing
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
We're willing to do the tough projects; I remember an old Marine(?) motto-"The difficult we do right away; the impossible just takes a little longer." We've got both ability and confidence that the rest of the world sees as cockiness. It ain't cocky if you can back it up. One of the great expressions of cockiness was from John Hancock 227 years ago today; if I remember the story correctly, his big signature was designed so that King George could read it without his glasses. From Day One, we've had the spirit of "Bring 'em on."

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