The greatest job I ever had was working on my family farm. Each morning my father would come into my bedroom around 4:30 am and command me to get up and work the fields. I would spend the next two hours before school slopping pigs and cropping tobacco.
At some point we must realize that actively defending against radical Islamic teachings is not a matter of cultural relativity. It is a matter of universally recognized human rights.
A global democracy works only when countries trust one another.
The liberation of Iraq was part of a broader effort to seriously confront the greatest threat to world security: rogue states capable of obtaining long range weapons of mass destruction.
My point is, if you want to achieve anything in life, it is not enough to merely wish for it. You must develop that kind of 4:30 AM discipline that distinguishes you from others.
No one ever writes about it. Condi Rice gets more time with the president than anyone else except his wife.
Bottom line: if you show a genuine interest in learning about how others became successful, you can open up a world of opportunities.
Receiving far less attention are the working class heroes, who go about their solitary work routines with quiet dignity, come home from another grueling day, yet still find time to interact with their children.
At some point we must make a decision not to allow the mere threat of charges of cultural or religious insensitivity to stop us from dealing with this evil.
Networking is an essential part of building wealth.
I do not think athletes should get a free pass. I don't think we should train our children and future athletes to believe that they are above the law and morality.
Cheney, without a doubt, is this administration's best spokesperson on the issues. They see him as an elder statesman, as someone who's older and mature, like a father figure.
no more than the legitimate dissemination of information to the public.
In Washington, DC, politics dominate even the most casual conversations.
That is what great athletes can do: they give us a model of striving for human perfection.
At the end of the day, there is no doubt that the unique spirit embodied by this country has worked, not just to make the world safer, but to make it better.
With the rise of America, the global balance of power shifted away from the old European powers.
Democratic societies can no longer give religious fanatics a free hand to abuse and murder non believers. Such action betrays contempt for the basic human rights which animate any democracy with meaning.
Let's remember the children who come from broken homes, surrounded by crime, drugs, temptation, their peers having babies out of wedlock, but who still manage to get a good education despite the many obstacles they face every day.
We cannot solve the problem of terrorism by asserting our will on the world.
There are two sayings that are familiar in every news room across the country: 1) sex sells; 2) if it bleeds it leads.
In other words, we must move beyond our own egocentric and vain rituals in order to discover the truly spiritual possibilities of life.
We tend to admire the people in our society who have accumulated such wealth as to seem somehow great. But we shouldn't forget that it was the everyday working class man who made this country great.
Even in this glowering age, morality animates our lives with meaning.
The country remains dependent on oil. But as we are now learning, oil is becoming increasingly scarce.
Rather than changing the political landscape in the Middle East, the Iraq invasion has arguably fortified the Middle East oil regimes.
Sports nurtures dreams of achieving self confidence and masculine striving for the skinny kid watching a boxer dance around the ring with sublime ease.
Patients describing the benefits of prayer often talk about how it provides a sense of well being.
Even during the worst hardships, when the other things in our lives seem to fall apart, we can still find peace in the eternal love of God.
Therefore the great mediator of any community is human morality.
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