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They were covering this on Morning Edition when I got up this morning.  I thought, yes, entirely unrealistic.  But something about "shoot for the moon and hope you make it over the trees."  It is my opinion that America's been suffering from lowered expectations for some time now, and that this is one of the primary culprits of our current problems.  Back the day, if someone said "You can't put a man on the moon," America would respond, "Wanna make a bet?"  Now, we look for a million excuses why we just shouldn't be doing that right now.  We used to roll up our sleeves and rise to a challenge.  Or, that is how we saw ourselves.  

I wish there were some way to tap into that latent desire to be superior at everything in the American psyche, and use it to our advantage.  I wish we could mobilize people to rid the world of carbon emissions the same way we used to mobilize people to rid the world of communists...

(Totally off-topic, the 2 minute Russia hate segment was back on Morning Edition.  Whew.  I was concerned they might be falling for Medvedev's charms there for a moment.)

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Thu Jul 17th, 2008 at 03:33:59 PM EST

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