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January 03, 2011

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Elizabeth V. Kane

It doesn't seem as if fifty years have passed. I can recall the time and the speech. It seems as though many young people, no matter how intelligent they are, fear great oratory. This is true of some older folk as well.
Seizing the time and the moment is not thought of, they can only look back to see greatness or culture. In hindsight, "What if?" or "I should have."

Elizabeth S. Wheeler

Interesting you should send these comments at this time. Ten days ago I gave my 13-year-old granddaughter a book on the 'Words of Thomas Jefferson.' Three years ago, this granddaughter, her sister, their mother and I spent a day at Monticello. As we were leaving, this granddaughter, 10 years at the time, commented, "Mr. Jefferson was a brilliant man." Growing up about 15 miles from Monticello, Mr. Jefferson was quite the local star.

The connection here is: the last section in the 'Words of Thomas Jefferson' were quotes about him. The very last one was JFK speaking to a group of Nobel prize winners, saying this is likely the most brilliant collection of minds gathered in this dining room since Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

Nicholas S. Gentile, Jr.

JFK was one of many fine presidents of the past who noted the exceptionalism of America. I think too few young people understand what the "Greatest Generation" did to preserve and provide the life we live as a result of their sacrifices and dedication during WW 2. Two novels that might shed light are by Herman Wouk - " The Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance." Additionally, I believe all young people should read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shruged" so they understand the system which has provided all Americans with the finest standard of living in the history of this planet.

J. Tharpe

I feel that no citizen of this wonderful republic could ever possess a true understanding of our strengths without reading the Debates on The Constitution, sometimes called the 'Federalist/Anti-Federalist Debates.'

These writings, along with the writings of Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams, etc., provide a deep insight into just how very close this nation came to failure! They also reveal just how much these wonderful people sacrificed for this nation, and how much pain and bitterness had to be overcome to succeed!

Every High School graduate in America should possess a working knowledge of these writings. The tragedies of our government in operation that we all experience almost daily would most surely be mitigated by a voting public willing to react and act as did our predecessors! Or at least present each politician with a fearsome constituency!

Library of America publishes a truly great series of these events that is actually quite inexpensive! I own copies of these, and am very satisfied!

I also proudly own the set of writings published by Easton Press! These are literary treasures that entice the reader to consume slowly, and taste the full impact of what these great men left for us!

We are truly great because of the sacrifices of those who went before!

Jesse Tharpe
1/17/11

Charlotte Gherke

I have just received "The Freedom Documents" compiled by Chuck Baldwin and covers everything from The Mayflower Compact through Washington's Farewell Address, Jefferson's First Inaugural Address, The U.S.Constitution, Letters from Gen. Robert E. Lee and so much more. What a wonderful way to remember the great history of our country and its beginnings which are not taught in most of the public schools today. Approximately 170 pages of a myriad of documents that should be read by every American. It can be ordered through Chuck Baldwin, P.O. Box 37070, Pensacola, FL 32526.

Charlotte Gherke
2/2/11

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