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Betting on America by Edward Wakin, James W Cortada

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Chapter 5. LEVERAGING AMERICA'S RESOURCES

 

We are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act and, in acting, to live.

 
 --Omar Bradley, U.S. General, World War II

Beyond the front pages of American newspapers, with their attention-getting headlines, and past the exhortations of their editorial pages, we find evidence and examples of what the nation is all about. We read obituaries that mark the passing of men and women who lived 80 to 90-plus years, each a witness to the strengths of America and an embodiment of the human resources our nation can draw upon. In chronicling the lives of pillars of local communities, obituaries celebrate the forces that hold the country together. ...

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