Whither U.S. greatness?

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For those today who are treated to a seemingly unending selection of high-tech gadgets, it may interest many to learn just what our country was able to accomplish in a time when there were not so many of these wonders. For those who remember America landing on the moon 44 years ago this month, it was one for the ages.

People growing up today in the postmodern computing world really have no concept of how hard this historic feat was. And to make it even more fantastic, we did it six times.

Try to understand, computing in the 1960s was the stuff of science fiction, for the most part. The best that scientists could hope for was a 10,000-square-foot complex filled with machines made of vacuum tubes, and the computing capacity less than that of today’s cell phone. The computing age was in its infancy.

I was a kid then, and even though as our nation had many troubles, much like today, the things we had then that seem to be missing now were pride, confidence and the knowledge that our wonderful country could overcome any obstacle and any adversity. These feelings were not just reserved for Americans, but were shared by millions of people from all corners of Earth. In those days, we were the masters of any challenge, and America was looked upon with respect and envy.

Yes, 44 years ago America reaffirmed to the world our power and determination to do the impossible. And as a young boy growing up, there was never a doubt in my mind that our country could do anything. This truth was a given – and we took it for granted.

Now, more than four decades later, the face of America is a lighter shade of gray. We have lost what we thought could not be lost. Memories of our greatness are lost in time, and now only reruns of our great feats slide past uninterested eyes – kids never knowing the greatness that was America. We have now become only a shadow of what we once were, engrossed in our smart phones and American Idol. And America’s greatness has become an empty suit with no one to fill it.

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fedex227
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fedex227 07/26/13 - 01:32 am
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Huh?
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"We have lost what we thought could not be lost"

The most incoherent LTE to date. Sorry Larry.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/26/13 - 03:16 am
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incoherent is in the ears of the listener

Perhaps those that think this letter is incoherent need to listen to an Obama speech!

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/26/13 - 04:56 am
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Yeah, totally incoherent
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"You now hail from a lineage and legacy of immeasurably strong men – men who bore tremendous burdens and still laid the stones for the path on which we now walk. You wear the mantle of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, Ralph Bunche and Langston Hughes, George Washington Carver and Ralph Abernathy, Thurgood Marshall and yes, Dr. King. These men were many things to many people. They knew full well the role that racism played in their lives. But when it came to their own accomplishments and sense of purpose, they had no time for excuses.
I’m sure every one of you has a grandma, an uncle, or a parent who’s told you at some point in life that, as an African-American, you have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by. I think President Mays put it even better: “Whatever you do, strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead, and no man yet to be born can do it any better.” I promise you, what was needed in Dr. Mays’ time, that spirit of excellence, and hard work, and dedication, is needed now more than ever. If you think you can get over in this economy, just because you have a Morehouse degree, you are in for a rude awakening. But if you stay hungry, keep hustling, keep on your grind and get other folks to do the same – nobody can stop you.""

The senseless hate reaches far beyond the logic and the reality.

deestafford
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deestafford 07/26/13 - 06:42 am
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American has grown soft because of our abundance:

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exists until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.
The average of the world's great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage." Alexander Tyler 1770

When you have more people in the wagon than you have outside pulling the wagon you are in trouble. Right now we have just about more moochers (47%) than we have producers (53%) and this president is trying to increase the number of moochers and is well on the way, with the help of the statists liberals, media, and academics, to accomplishing that.

Throw in the president's continual braying of class warfare we are on a steep downward slope to failure as has every country who became complacent. He has insinuated he wants the US to be like the other countries because we don't deserve what we have because we stole all that we have. obama is a destroyer of all that made America great.

Fundamental_Arminian
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Fundamental_Arminian 07/26/13 - 06:47 am
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Pride leads to fall

Yes, I'm old enough to remember the lunar landing and Neil Armstrong's words, "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." But the primary good from the landing came not from the moon but from the technology invented for outer space travel and later introduced into our homes.

Since our euphoria over the landing, we've realized that travel in space and the colonization of other planets is too costly and risky to pursue. As the Bible says, God has given mankind the earth but not the heavens. "The heavens are the LORD's heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of men" (Psalm 115:16 English Standard Version).

Our nation's former pride, which the letter-writer misses, led to our slide. We Americans were confident in ourselves when we should've been thankful for God's merciful, providential care. "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18 ESV). Our nation's future depends on whether we will humble ourselves, repent, and return to God.

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Riverman1 07/26/13 - 07:36 am
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I agree with FA. The fact

I agree with FA. The fact that arguably nothing substantial in space exploration has happened since the moon landings shows it's too costly and complicated at this stage of our knowledge. Let the science and technology grow to make it possible when the time is right.

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faithson 07/26/13 - 08:48 am
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its the money honey...

Man must choose his Master, so many in power today have chosen the almighty dollar as their's, no matter in government, church's or family life... when history is read a couple of generations from now, the unbridled accumulation of wealth by the few who held power over the many will be determined to be a major cause of our cataclismic downfall. Nothing wrong with money, just with those who hold it in such high esteem.

chascushman
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chascushman 07/26/13 - 09:22 am
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" the unbridled accumulation
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" the unbridled accumulation of wealth by the few who held power over the many will be determined to be a major cause of our cataclismic downfall."
faithson, the wealth envy being spread by the lying, racist, Marxist/communist in the WH is just as bad.

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Bruce Garner 07/26/13 - 09:52 am
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Whither greatness?

How is greatness measured? Is it exercising force over others by virtue of military might and finanical muscle? Or is it trying to create a society where we respect the dignity of all, even the marginalized and those with whom we might not agree? I lean toward the latter and I think we are inching our way in that direction. Unfortunately the blatant partisanship and refusal to compromise among most political representatives is an obstacle to that.

What I am "hearing" in the editorial and several of the comments sounds like a lament that we are no longer the nation of the 1950's mythology, run by white men with financial and political power. There is an undercurrent of subtle racism present that keeps many from seeing our greatness and where it truly lies: in our people. I was a 20 year old when we landed on the moon. An awe inspiring accomplishment by all standards. Yet I do not see us as having fallen away from that "standard" at all. We need to open our eyes and look at what we have continued to accomplish on this planet in the areas of medicine, technology, manufacturing and on and on. We also need to open our eyes about the gap between the pay for CEO's and the average person who works for them. We've crossed over from comfortable prosperity to plain old greed. That will take away our greatness.

We also need to shed the last vestiges of racism and sexism and all the isms that allow us to treat each other with anything other than respect, regardless of our appearance.

We are in this together whether we like it or not. And as I once heard a pastor say, those of us of faith better learn to get along if we believe what we profess because we will be together for eternity! So have we lost our greatness?? Or are we just failing to see that it now has a different face, a face more representative of who we are as a very diverse society?

Bruce Garner
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Bruce Garner 07/26/13 - 09:51 am
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Whither greatness?

How is greatness measured? Is it exercising force over others by virtue of military might and finanical muscle? Or is it trying to create a society where we respect the dignity of all, even the marginalized and those with whom we might not agree? I lean toward the latter and I think we are inching our way in that direction. Unfortunately the blatant partisanship and refusal to compromise among most political representatives is an obstacle to that.

What I am "hearing" in the editorial and several of the comments sounds like a lament that we are no longer the nation of the 1950's mythology, run by white men with financial and political power. There is an undercurrent of subtle racism present that keeps many from seeing our greatness and where it truly lies: in our people. I was a 20 year old when we landed on the moon. An awe inspiring accomplishment by all standards. Yet I do not see us as having fallen away from that "standard" at all. We need to open our eyes and look at what we have continued to accomplish on this planet in the areas of medicine, technology, manufacturing and on and on. We also need to open our eyes about the gap between the pay for CEO's and the average person who works for them. We've crossed over from comfortable prosperity to plain old greed. That will take away our greatness.

We also need to shed the last vestiges of racism and sexism and all the isms that allow us to treat each other with anything other than respect, regardless of our appearance.

We are in this together whether we like it or not. And as I once heard a pastor say, those of us of faith better learn to get along if we believe what we profess because we will be together for eternity! So have we lost our greatness?? Or are we just failing to see that it now has a different face, a face more representative of who we are as a very diverse society?

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 07/26/13 - 10:39 am
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i understand exactly the

i understand exactly the LTE..and since so many made this about race' greed and old white men...its obvious they have no clue...everyone now days are into me-ism and blame...i sorry you aint got a clue, you missed out on wonderful times, a cant lose attitude and real heros...

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Fiat_Lux 07/26/13 - 11:05 am
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I understand it too.

It only got a little turgid at the end.

deestafford
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deestafford 07/26/13 - 12:04 pm
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If one wants to see what this country was founded on they need

to go read the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist papers. Also, the writings of the Founders wouldn't hurt either. Go to wallbuilders.com and do some research and reading there.

Also, don't make everything about race because if you do it will only hold you back because you think the "system" is out to get you and you are a victim. Look at blacks who come here from other countries and take advantage of the opportunities available here and become successful while blacks who were born here talk about racism, sexism, and every other negative "-ism" keeping them down. There are two "-isms" they should be looking at to be successful--individualism and capitalism. Those are the two things upon which this country was founded that will make you successful.

As far as CEOs getting paid such high salaries compared to the worker... One gets paid for the level of responsibility one has and how one carries out that responsibility. If a worker makes a mistake it will not be catastrophic but the CEO can make a mistake, just one mistake, that can take the entire company down and thousands will lose their jobs as a result. You can get many qualified people who can perform the skills of one worker, but there are few who can perform the skills of a CEO.

One gets paid according to what one's work is worth to the organization.

Also, we need to shed this idea that only if one works with their hands performing physical labor are they "working". Usually, those are the least educated, just put in eight hours a day, and go home where they forget about the job. Contrast that to the managers, owners, and CEOs who are better educated, work longer hours (those who get ahead are the first ones to work and the last to leave) and continue to think about and do work at home.

A 40 hour work week is for losers as far as advancement and financial success are concerned.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/26/13 - 06:36 pm
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Speaking of incoherent,
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who are the dems and libbies trying to shaft this hour?

Darby
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Darby 07/26/13 - 09:15 pm
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"As the Bible says, God has given mankind

the earth but not the heavens."

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And yet, as we sit here and contemplate our navels, Voyager is on the verge of leaving our solar system and entering interstellar space. Still sending back photos and data.

And early stage planning for a manned Mars mission is ongoing in numerous countries around the world.

Maybe God is just a bit more generous than we first thought.

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Mcycleman1 07/27/13 - 10:26 am
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Goodbye greatness

America used to be great (operative word USED to be) simply because it USED TO BE Christian. The majority of people used to believe in the Christ of the Bible. He was a part of our daily lives, of our morals and of the way our society and laws were formed. Accordingly, God blessed our nation and gave it abundant success.
Now, we have mostly given God the right foot of fellowship. Accordingly, His blessing has largely left us and only a shadow of that blessing is left. Soon that will go too as even the last of the light leaves us and we descend into total narcissism, depravity and immorality....

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