Who wrote this?

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  1. The Paperboy
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    The Paperboy Times Square

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    No cheating. Read and post your thoughts about it and then I'll reveal who wrote it.

    There have been populations of people organized as countries since the founding of the planet, since it was created, and since humanity first appeared. People have organized themselves in various ways: groups, families, nations. Now, the earth and humanity, depending on who you talk to, is millions of years old, billions of years old, and throughout the history of human beings, no group of human beings has ever produced the wealth, the freedom, the opportunity, the prosperity, the security, as Americans. The United States of America, throughout human history, is the greatest nation however you wish to define it, in history. Now, how did this happen? We, the United States of America, are just human beings. There are countries that exist at the same time we have, there are countries that existed long before we came into being, of course in Europe and Asia, Africa, Australia, the subcontinents.

    How is it that in less than 250 years, this group of human beings called Americans has revolutionized everything about life? We've produced the greatest standard of living and shared how to do it with others. We have produced a standard of living unheard of and undreamed of even by people who were alive 100 years ago. We have produced a country where the occupants, the residents have the highest expectations of opportunity, security, wealth, all of these things, education, than any group of human beings has ever had. I really would like for you to take a moment and, when you have a moment, ask yourselves how this can be. And do it honestly. How can it be? And not to besmirch some of these other countries, but just to give you an example. China, Japan, Russia, the satellite countries, Rome, Italy, take your pick, France, all these countries have been around much, much longer than we have. And admittedly, people that founded this country came from Europe. Why were they not able to do where they lived what they did here? You realize our Founding Fathers were Brits. Why were they not able to turn Great Britain or England into the United States when they lived there?

    Why did they have to leave these places to come here, the new world, in order to create this? Why couldn't they do it where they lived? As human beings we're no better than any other human beings on the face of the earth. We're not any different whatsoever, in terms of the way we're born. Human beings are human beings. How is it, then, that the United States has become the most powerful, and for good, the richest, the most technologically advanced, the most industrious, the most productive country in history, in human history? A nation that has liberated hundreds of millions of people from oppression, a nation that has -- talking about sharing the wealth -- a nation that has rebuilt Europe after World War II, a nation that turned imperial Japan into a thriving, burgeoning economic power of a democracy. We're a nation that rebuilt Germany after World War II. All the while, continuing our own growth. We are a nation that invented so many of the things that have improved the quality of life for human beings around the world. We are the one nation that can and offers substantive relief efforts to other nations devastated by natural disasters.

    How does this happen? When we're no better than anybody else, when we're no different than anybody else, how does this happen? The answer is very simple. Without being too esoteric about it, freedom is the answer. Most of the people around the world have not lived with the great degree of freedom that our country was founded with. And you can read it in the Founding Fathers' ruminations at the days of the founding, talking about the industriousness of individuals and how to promote it for the common good. You can look at the original true story of Thanksgiving and find out how they tried socialism. The whole community produced whatever it produced and everybody got to go take what they want from the production, and some people figured out after awhile they didn't have to produce anything in order to get something. It didn't work, they changed it. Everybody was assigned a plot of land, grow what you want, grow as much as you want, and you keep it, sell your excess. Plymouth colony expanded like crazy.

    The answer is freedom. The answer is also that our Founding Fathers recognized that freedom is part of our creation, and so our founding documents recognize that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, and these are human rights, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness. We all have these. Every human is born this way, with that yearning spirit. However, depending on where the human being is born, they never get to exercise it. We and our ancestors had the chance to exercise it, and they did, and they built, and they created, and they invented. And as a result, the greatest country in the history of humanity became the United States of America. And it is that freedom allowing each of us to use our own ambitions, our own desires, our own ingenuity, our own creativity, unshackled, to pursue our passions, to do what we love with as few obstacles in our way as possible, certainly fewer obstacles than any other nation's people have faced in their lives. And we see the result. We see the greatest country in the history of civilization.
     
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    Coloradomtnman Rational and proud of it.

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    I'm going to guess it was written by Sarah Palin - and here's why I guess that.

    1) Because the author happened to leave out the incredible wealth of natural resources that came with the new world. The Founding Fathers started a nation in a place that hadn't ever been mined, farmed, or in any other way used to produce wealth.

    2) If, by using the word 'freedom', the author also includes the the hundreds of socially disenfranchised and impoverished native American tribes (not to mention the millions of native Americans who died when we conquered the West), the black slaves that worked for centuries without pay, and the other minorities who have been tread upon by the upper classes since the founding of the country.

    3) Not everything this nation has done is good. Yes, we helped to rebuild Europe and Japan after WWII, (though we aren't the only nation that helps other growing nations or nations in crisis - nor are we the most generous when it comes to donations to these other nations - as this article claims), but we also were the last western nation to abolish slavery, we arm and train guerrilla fighters who support our foreign interests often times at the expense of innocent peoples' lives and livelihoods (i.e. the Taliban, Saddam Hussein, Noriega, Iran Contra, etc. etc.), we refuse to sign a war criminals treaty with our fellow nations in the UN, we were the last nation to accept that global warming is scientific fact and that green house gases are the leading contributing factor and that those green house gases are man-made. And the differences between the wealthiest and the most impoverished people in this nation cuase much strife. There are people drinking mimosas on the beach while children are starving in inner city projects. So...


    4) People flocked to the new world and the US because of our wealth of unclaimed natural resources and lack of strict social heirarchy and laws. Most likely your ancestors were immigrants from Europe. Unfortunately, allowing people to become US citizens isn't nearly as easy and we imprison people who come here without completing the necessary paperwork - including women and children.

    5) Are we really the greatest nation on Earth? Rome lasted a thousand years. Egypt: 3,000! We're still very young when compared with those civilizations and really the only difference between the US and Rome is that we abolished slavery after 400 years, whereas Rome never did. Honestly, can we really believe that there are no other democratic, capitalist nations anywhere else in the world? Most other countries in the world are democratic. In fact there are only a few dictatorships and communist countries left in the world. And just because Canada, France, Germany, the UK, among others, have socialized medicine and education hardly makes them socialists. They still use capitalistic fundamentals to generate their economies. People in these countries vote for their representatives and to ratify laws and taxes. Its not as if we are the only free people in the world. And we weren't the first to fight a revolutionary war to be free of an oppressive government. Thailand, Portugal, Sweden, Nepal, among others. Could our Founding Fathers not have taken their cues from them? Who knows, but it is a possibility. We just didn't want to pay taxes to another nation. We wanted to keep our money, that's really all there was to it.

    In other words, there's a lot of room for improvement. Our arrogance has sparked the ire of many other nations, most notably those in the Middle East. They don't hate us because we're free (and if you believe that then your ignorance is terrible. Do some research on American foreign policies in Middle America and the Middle East) they hate us because of our economic and military bullying and our greedy foreign policies and self-interests which lead organizations like the Taliban or military dictatorships like Musharraf of Pakistan to gain power and then oppress the people in their own nations.

    Whoever wrote this article has taken a blind view of the US and is someone most likely ignorant of what our real role in the world has been.

    And that is why I guess Gov. Palin. She must have researched all, er, any of the magazines she reads to write this.
     
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    Rush Limbaugh
     
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    Silence wanna lick?

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    that shit is too long to read and the ugly blue font hurts my eyes.
     
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    midcan5 liberal / progressive

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    MY guess is a libertarian, Ron Paul maybe? Freedom is an abstraction and hardly what has made us great. Ask women or blacks about freedom until recent in our history. The Historical period, Constitutional government, enlightenment liberalism made us great. Values and a care for each other helped too, along with public education, space to grow and tolerance of diversity. Also immigration as we got a lot of the best and brightest.
     
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    editec Mr. Forgot-it-All

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    I agree about this colored font thing.

    I'm not reading those, either.
     

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