written by Norm:
Old Abe Lincoln
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As the story goes, Abe walked miles to return money he overcharged a customer.
True or not, it exemplifies why America
is the moral gold standard for the world.
Despite a few people like Madoff and some politicians, the America is still the
country of the honest and the ethical.
Whereas, most of rest of the world is mired in corruption and dishonesty.
look around. In Mexico and South America everyone has
their hand out for a bribe or the politicians and police are so corrupt
can't do an honest day's business without greasing a few palms.
In the Far East, China and Japan have a long history of "cum
saw" or stacking the deck against the honest broker.
Russia and Eastern Europe have a long history of turning their backs on shady
deals and underhanded rogues.
Oh, yes, we in America, Canada, England, France, Germany and a
few other countries aren't exempt
from illegal goings on. After all we
had the Mafia and rum runners and Chicago-style politics and Wall street
crooks. We are far from
being above reproach.
But my point is that we generally do things the honest way. In
the heartland, we deal with each other
honestly without the expectation
of a kickback or a few bucks padded to the deal. We sign a contract and
expect it to be just what
it says. We still shake a hand on an
understanding and know that we can trust the person standing in front of
as the nation that has lead the free world in the quest
for individual freedom, can retain our moral compass, we can move the
toward a place where man can live with his fellow men without
We need not be distracted by those among us who lie and
deceive. The media likes to play up these characters and make them more
important than they are. They are really tiny people in a
honest, hard working folks.
So let’s re-dedicate ourselves to being the moral leader of the world. If we do we need
not fear those who oppose us.
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