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America’s Largest Give Away

Walt Whitman once referred to a group of politicians as, “…born freedom sellers of the earth.” T.B. Macaulay, back in 1842, said: “Timid and interested politicians think much more about the security of their seats than about the security of their country.” In my opinion, if it weren’t for a mere handful of brilliant, selfless,…

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Be Proud of Capitalism

Y’know, a strange and somewhat insidious thing has been happening in this country during the past few decades. People are beginning to apologize for Capitalism. That’s right… you’d be surprised at the number of people who have acquired a kind of inferiority complex about living in a capitalist society. Some time back, Dean Manion interviewed…

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Are You Happy?

Many years ago, I bought a book written by Doctor Murray Banks, entitled, “How to Live With Yourself.” I started rereading it and was amused and delighted at the good sense he makes. I particularly like his definition of the quest for happiness. He wrote, “Life itself is very much like climbing a slippery glass…

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Being Liked

In the play, “Death of a Salesman,” Willie Lohman claims that the most important thing in life is to be “liked.” This statement is a significant oversimplification. There are a lot of other important things to successful living, too. However, being liked is undoubtedly important. Moreover, some time back, I ran across some rules for…

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Temper, Temper

Of all the creatures on earth, man is the youngest. It hasn’t been a very long time since we were primitive and savage. While we are now relying on guns and other weapons for violence instead of a club with a rock tied to the end of it, most of us still have trouble maintaining…

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Look Under Your Feet

I’m going to tell you something that you can’t get one person in a hundred to believe. But it’s true all the same. Think for a moment of what you would really like to have. It could be a beautiful home, a new car, or a lot of money. You decide on what you’d like…

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How to Make More Friends

I’m a collector of books. I don’t know how many I’ve picked up over the years, but I have to keep adding shelves to my library. Many years ago, in 1951, I found a book that I still like to look over once in a while. It’s called, HOW TO LIVE WITH YOURSELF, by Doctor…

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Curious Things and People

Have you gone through your attic lately? Some of the most interesting stories revolve around the unusual. Sometimes enormously valuable things that can turn up in a dark corner of an attic or basement. For example, those paintings that turned up in California some time back, priceless masterpieces, hiding their glory under the dust of…

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Our Debt to the Native Americans

Have you ever thought about why the United States is so distinctively different from any other country on earth? Well, I’ll tell you why. It’s because of the Native Americans. This is why America is not a carbon copy of the European countries where most Americans came from. Nearly everything different about this country is…

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Enjoy The Present

George Santayana once wrote, “There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.” A statement like this can shake a person. Have you ever thought about how much time we waste? How much unhappiness do we bring upon ourselves by worrying about the future? Think about the time we spend reliving…

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