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Tremendous!!!!

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"Washington had no smashing, stunning victories. He was not a military genius, and his tactical and strategic maneuvers were not the sort that awed men. Military glory was not the source of his reputation. Something else was involved. Washington's genius, his greatness, lay in his character. He was, as Chateubriand said, a 'hero of unprecedented kind.' There had never been a great man like Washington before. Washington became a great man and was acclaimed as a classical hero because of the way he conducted himself during times of temptation. It was his moral character that set him off from other men. Washington fit the 18th-century image of a great man, of a man of virtue. This virtue was not given to him by nature. He had to work for it, to cultivate it, and everyone sensed that. Washington was a self-made hero, and this impressed an 18th-century enlightened world that put great stock in men controlling both their passions and their destinies. Washington seemed to possess a self-cultivated nobility." -- Don Higginbotham, George Washington Reconsidered

"He was incapable of fear, meeting personal dangers with the calmest unconcern. Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed; refraining if he saw a doubt, but, when once decided, going through with his purpose, whatever obstacles opposed. His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man. His temper was naturally high toned; but reflection and resolution had obtained a firm and habitual ascendancy over it. If ever, however, it broke its bonds, he was most tremendous in his wrath. In his expenses he was honorable, but exact; liberal in contributions to whatever promised utility; but frowning and unyielding on all visionary projects and all unworthy calls on his charity. His heart was not warm in its affections; but he exactly calculated every man's value, and gave him a solid esteem proportioned to it. His person, you know, was fine, his stature exactly what one would wish, his deportment easy, erect and noble; the best horseman of his age, and the most graceful figure that could be seen on horseback." ~ Thomas Jefferson of George Washington, in a letter to Dr. Walter Jones; January 2, 1814
 

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So many of the "great" Democrats from the last generation would clearly be Republicans today. You can start with Martin Luther King Jr. and add JFK and keep going from there.
 
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You are only as good as the truth in your philosophy, only as strong as the structure of your ideas. JL
 

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The right most valued by all civilized men is the right to be left alone. ~ Louis D. Brandeis

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom. ~ William O. Douglass

When people only talk about things they understand then a great silence will descend upon the world. ~ Source: Silence Proverbs

Beware when the silent man can no longer tolerate his own silence. ~ Some random meme I saw once
 
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The right most valued by all civilized men is the right to be left alone. ~ Louis D. Brandeis

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom. ~ William O. Douglass

When people only talk about things they understand then a great silence will descend upon the world. ~ Source: Silence Proverbs

Beware when the silent man can no longer tolerate his own silence. ~ Some random meme I saw once
Great stuff, man.
 
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