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Great Americans

Sean Hannity is the self proclaimed arbiter of who is and who isn't a great American. We used to have a saying as children, "he doesn't know his ass from his elbow." So I began to think who are 10 people throughout American History that I would consider great Americans. In no particular order.

1) Benjamin Franklin: Probably the most interesting figure in American History. A Scientist, A Statesman, an early Abolitionist etc....The list could go on forever.

2) George Washington: "...the Government of the United States ... gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance. ... May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy..."

3) Sacgawea: The "Tour guide" for Lewis and Clark

4) Abraham Lincoln: "Fondly do we hope — fervently do we pray — that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether." With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations"

5) Mark Twain: The Greatest American Author.

6) Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist, Author, orator etc..

7) Franklin Roosevelt: In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression--everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way--everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want--which, translated into universal terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear--which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor--anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb

8) Eleanor Roosevelt: Probably the most influential first lady,. More so than Hillary Clinton.

9) Jackie Robinson: Did more for racial equality than anyone besides MArtin Luther King.

10) Martin Luther King "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"


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Nov. 10th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I agree on Eleanor Roosevelt. She was an amazing woman!! She worked tirelessly for others. Hillary, in my opinion, works for herself.

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