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Thoughts While Thinking - February 2012

Had you noticed? It's February, the month of our great Presidents. I think our first one, George, had to be one of the greatest. He had no "precedent" to go by. He just had to wing it - and from a pretty rocky start. He didn't even have a White House, or an Air Force One.

And right now we are again looking for a great President. Our country sure needs one.

George, from a very early age, was a principled man - a man of his word. Remember the story about chopping down the cherry tree? When his Dad asked, "George, did you do it?" George said, "Yes, I did it." No beating around the bush. No flip flopping.

Then there was Abe. A man of common sense! I passed some of his thoughts on to you before, eight years ago, but they seem so appropriate right now.

        You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

        You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

        You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.

        You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

        You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.

        You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.

        You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Now, I'm thinking, how does this apply to me? Well, I have always tried to keep my word - and still do. I try to always use common sense. And I always ask for some help from above. I think George and Abe did too...