Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Friday, December 9, 2011
An excerpt from Robert F. Kennedy's Day of Affirmation Address at the University of Cape Town:
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
An excerpt from an essay on Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin:
Throughout the nadir of Lincoln's depression [as a young man], his best friend, Joshua Speed, stayed by his side. In a conversation both men would remember as long as they lived, Speed warned Lincoln that if he did not rally, he would most certainly die. Lincoln replied that he was more than willing to die, but that he had "done nothing to make any human being remember that he had lived," and that "to link his name with something that would redound to the interest of his fellow man was what he desired to live for."
Even in this moment of despair, the strength of Lincoln's desire to leave "the world a little better for my having lived in it" carried him forward. It became his lodestar, providing a set of principles and standards to guide his everyday actions.
Monday, April 11, 2011
On February 25, 2011, in a speech to West Point cadets, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said one of the greatest things I have ever heard:
But in my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should “have his head examined,” as General MacArthur so delicately put it.Thank God for Bob Gates.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Think Progress gives a great reason, amongst others, to join a union:
The relative decline of unions over the past 35 years has mirrored a decline in the middle class’s share of national income. It is also true that at the time when most Americans belonged to a union — a period of time between the 1940′s and 1950′s — income inequality in the U.S. was at its lowest point in the history of the country.Ed Schultz has more.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Think Progress reports:
The nonpartisan Moody’s Analytics released an economic analysis yesterday finding that GOP efforts to cut billions from the budget this year could result in the loss of as many as 700,000 jobs by the end of next year. Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi projected that the GOP proposal would cut real GDP growth by 0.5 percent in 2011 and 0.2 percent in 2012.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Mr. Buffett recently released his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. Here was my favorite part:
But a house can be a nightmare if the buyer’s eyes are bigger than his wallet and if a lender – often protected by a government guarantee – facilitates his fantasy. Our country’s social goal should not be to put families into the house of their dreams, but rather to put them into a house they can afford.