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Do Great Americans hold to rigid ideologies?

“History is scattered with the stories of those who held fast to rigid ideologies and refused to listen to those who disagreed. But those are not the Americans we remember.” –Obama (as a round about way of blaming Republicans and the Tea Party for our debt problems).

Really we don’t remember people who stick to their guns?  Let me see how many I get off the top of my head in 5 minutes.

John and Abigail Adams

Alexander Hamilton

Thomas Jefferson

Abraham Lincoln

Ronald Reagan

Medger Evers

Martin Luther King Jr.

Gen. George Patton

Alexander Graham Bell

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Henry David Thoreau

Thomas Edison

Nikola Tesla

Walt Whitman

William Faulkner

Milton Friedman

Walt Disney

Bill Gates

Steve Jobs

Rosa Parks

The Wright Brothers

John Quincy Adams

Mark Twain

Frederick Douglas

Thomas Paine

Amelia Earhart

Helen Keller

All Americans who did hold fast to the rigid belief that they were right.  All Americans who refused to listen to those who disagree.  All great American who we not only remember but remember fondly.  None perfect but all helped to make the world a better place.  Why?  Because they stood their ground, they ignored dissent and effectively gave the finger to anyone who got in their way.

It’s the people who don’t have values, who don’t hold to their values and always seek compromise over what is right that we don’t remember…So in a 100 years expect to list Obama there with Arthur, Cleveland, and Taft.

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