BIRD WATCHING.

ALL ABOUT BIRD WATCHING.

Bird watching (birdwatching) or also known as birding is the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or with the use of binoculars. Birding also includes the auditory component, since birds can be easily and readily detected using the ear than the eye. Most people follow birdwatching as hobby.
Birdwatching can be traced back as early as the Victorian Era in Britain when the study of birds and natural history became fashionable. Collectors would collect eggs, skins and feathers from different colonies. But in the 1800s there was popular call for the protection of birds, this led to the observation on living birds. Meanwhile in the United States, as early as 1889 there is already a field guide written by Florence Bailey entitled Birds Through an Opera Glass. In the early and mid-20th century, the focus of bird watching in the United States was in the eastern seaboard region. Currently, not only are there local birdwatching guides, there are already global guides.
The availability of air travel enable hobbyist and serious birdwatchers to travel different places and observe wild birds in their natural habitat. Birding can also be done in your own backyard or the local park. Birding also includes taking precise note of the minute details that distinguish one specie from the others, and mastering the skills of identifying characteristics for documentation as well as contribution to the body of knowledge regarding winged creatures. This means sitting for hours, frequently crouched and hidden in true bird watcher stance.
Birdwatching is the fastest growing outdoor activity in America. According to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 51.3 million Americans report that they watch birds. While in Europe it is considered to be a preoccupation. And more are taking it up all the time. So, why more and more people are taking interest in this activity?
Historically, birds are considered bringers of omens. Ancient Romans believed that the flights and call of birds could foretell the future. Nowadays, modern science still uses birds as future tellers. Changes is bird populations reflect the health of the environment. But most people start birding for simple reasons. Like having fun or creating a connection with the wonders of nature. Birding is also beneficial for your health. The biggest reason for health problems of people nowadays is inactivity. Birdwatching limits your inactive time in front of the television or computer. Birdwatching gets you outside and walking.
Birdwatching is also a great family activity. It unites people across generations. By taking up this activity, you get to be united with your parents, grandparents and children. Some people also go birdwatching for social reasons. Nearly every community has a birding club. Birdwatching is also a relaxing a settling sport. Your mind settles down when you are with a bird. The senses open up, you may even take pleasure in going out alone.
For starting birdwatchers or those who are interested, there are local bird clubs or magazines devoted to birdwatching that can help you started.
Getting a bird book or a field guide will also help you learn more about birdwatching. A field guide is a little book with different bird information.
Birdwatching basics are also available in DVDs or videos but getting outside and looking at the birds will be much better.

BIRD WATCHING.

All About Bird Watching

Bird watching  (birdwatching) or also known as birding is the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or with the use of binoculars.  Birding also includes the auditory component, since birds can be easily and readily detected using the ear than the eye.  Most people follow birdwatching as hobby.

Birdwatching can be traced back as early as the Victorian Era in Britain when the study of birds and natural history became fashionable.  Collectors would collect eggs, skins and feathers from different colonies.  But in the 1800s there was popular call for the protection of birds, this led to the observation on living birds.

Meanwhile in the United States,  as early as 1889 there is already a field guide written by Florence Bailey entitled Birds Through an Opera Glass.  In the early and mid-20th century, the focus of bird watching in the United States was in the eastern seaboard region.

Currently, not only are there local birdwatching guides, there are already global guides.  The availability of air travel enable hobbyist and serious birdwatchers to travel different places and observe wild birds in their natural habitat.  Birding can also be done in your own backyard or the local park.

Birding also includes taking precise note of the minute details that distinguish one specie from the others, and mastering the skills of identifying characteristics for documentation as well as contribution to the body of knowledge regarding winged creatures.  This means sitting for hours, frequently crouched and hidden in true bird watcher stance.

Birdwatching is the fastest growing outdoor activity in America.  According to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 51.3 million Americans report that they watch birds. While in Europe it is considered to be a preoccupation.  And more are taking it up all the time.

So, why more and more people are taking interest in this activity?

Historically, birds are considered bringers of omens.  Ancient Romans believed that the flights and call of birds could foretell the future.  Nowadays, modern science still uses birds as future tellers.  Changes is bird populations reflect the health of the environment.

But most people start birding for simple reasons.  Like having fun or creating a connection with the wonders of nature.  Birding is also beneficial for your health.  The biggest reason for health problems of people nowadays is inactivity.  Birdwatching limits your inactive time in front of the television or computer.  Birdwatching gets you outside and walking.

Birdwatching is also a great family activity.  It unites people across generations.  By taking up this activity, you get to be united with your parents, grandparents and children. Some people also go birdwatching for social reasons.  Nearly every community has a birding club.

Birdwatching is also a relaxing a settling sport.  Your mind settles down when you are with a bird.  The senses open up, you may even take pleasure in going out alone.

For starting birdwatchers or those who are interested, there are local bird clubs or magazines devoted to birdwatching that can help you  started. Getting a bird book or a field guide will also help you learn more about birdwatching.  A field guide is a little book with different bird information.

Birdwatching basics are also available in DVDs or videos but getting outside and looking at the birds will be much better.

BIRD WATCHING.

All About Bird Watching

Bird watching (birdwatching) or also known as birding is the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or with the use of binoculars. Birding also includes the auditory component, since birds can be easily and readily detected using the ear than the eye. Most people follow birdwatching as hobby.

Birdwatching can be traced back as early as the Victorian Era in Britain when the study of birds and natural history became fashionable. Collectors would collect eggs, skins and feathers from different colonieees. But in the 1800s there was popular call for the protection of birds, this led to the observation on living birds.

Meanwhile in the United States, as early as 1889 there is already a field guide written by Florence Bailey entitled Birds Through an Opera Glass. In the early and mid-20th century, the focus of bird watching in the United States was in the eastern seaboard region.

Currently, not only are there local birdwatching guides, there are already global guides. The availability of air travel enable hobbyist and serious birdwatchers to travel different places and observe wild birds in their natural habitat. Birding can also be done in your own backyard or the local park.

Birding also includes taking precise note of the minute details that distinguish one specie from the others, and mastering the skills of identifying characteristics for documentation as well as contribution to the body of knowledge regarding winged creatures. This means sitting for hours, frequently crouched and hidden in true bird watcher stance.

Birdwatching is the fastest growing outdoor activity in America. According to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 51.3 million Americans report that they watch birds. While in Europe it is considered to be a preoccupation. And more are taking it up all the time.

So, why more and more people are taking interest in this activity?

Historically, birds are considered bringers of omens. Ancient Romans believed that the flights and call of birds could foretell the future. Nowadays, modern science still uses birds as future tellers. Changes is bird populations reflect the health of the environment.

But most people start birding for simple reasons. Like having fun or creating a connection with the wonders of nature. Birding is also beneficial for your health. The biggest reason for health problems of people nowadays is inactivity. Birdwatching limits your inactive time in front of the television or computer. Birdwatching gets you outside and walking.

Birdwatching is also a great family activity. It unites people across generations. By taking up this activity, you get to be united with your parents, grandparents and children. Some people also go birdwatching for social reasons. Nearly every community has a birding club.

Birdwatching is also a relaxing a settling sport. Your mind settles down when you are with a bird. The senses open up, you may even take pleasure in going out alone.

For starting birdwatchers or those who are interested, there are local bird clubs or magazines devoted to birdwatching that can help you started. Getting a bird book or a field guide will also help you learn more about birdwatching. A field guide is a little book with different bird information.

Birdwatching basics are also available in DVDs or videos but getting outside and looking at the birds will be much better.

THE HEART OF AMERICAN CHARITY.

The Heart of American Charity

There is something very unique about the heart of what it is to be an American that results in Americans being the most charitable people in the world. That is not just a generous exaggeration. Documented studies have shown conclusively that Americans give far more to charity and to help out their fellow man in times of trouble than any other private citizenry in the world. Just consider these statistics.

* When the tragic tsunami hit Asia and devastated so many countries, American private citizens gave 1.78 billion dollars in relief above and beyond what the U.S. Government gave to help bring relief to the suffering. This size of donation just on the private sector side dwarfed even the best of what other developed nations could contribute.

* Only a few months later when a terrible earthquake devastated Pakistan, American rallied again giving 78 million dollars to aid the suffering there.

* When hurricane Katrina and Rita devastated the US coast states, Americans from all over the nation responded with 3.12 billion dollars and relief efforts are still underway to reach out to those displaced by that terrible storm.

These are just a few of the hundreds of examples of charity that Americans give willingly every year whenever the need is great. Americans donate an estimated one quarter of a trillion dollars to charities such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and The American Cancer Society. And the amount that Americans give through their places of worship exceeds the gross national product of all but the most prosperous of nations.

These figures stand in direct contrast to the idea that Americans are selfish and spoiled as some would like to maintain. But the reasons for how deeply the belief in giving to others in need is engrained in the American psyche are diverse and an important part of the American dream and how this country came to be.

Part of the reason lies in the immigrant heritage that is what virtually everybody who makes up this great country can call their linage. That is because when we all go back to our roots, we all started out with a dream and this great country to grow that dream in. And all along the way, we helped each other. So we have a generational debt to pay back to all who pitched in and helped our ancestors establish this great country.

But it’s more than that. Our zeal to help others doesn’t stop at our shores. Americans give more than any other nation to help out others in need around the world. Our instinct to give is stronger than even our national politics as we will give generously even if an enemy of America is hurt by storm or disease. When it comes to helping out our fellow man, we put aside national animosities and reach out. That is a people who have that kind of deep empathy for others. That is what it means to be “an American”.

That empathy for people of all races and colors, nationalities and countries of origin is very natural for Americans to feel. We are a people made up of the immigrants from all lands. And so when we reach out and aid others who are suffering, we all feel like we are touching our own family that way. That is the heart of what makes American charity so amazing and so generous.

And even if the countries we reach out to don’t always appreciate what we do, Americans will always be a people who will not sit by and let others suffer. We have that deeply held national conviction that we are all going to get through this life together. And that is just another in the many reasons why America is the greatest country in the world.
The Heart of American Charity

There is something very unique about the heart of what it is to be an American that results in Americans being the most charitable people in the world. That is not just a generous exaggeration. Documented studies have shown conclusively that Americans give far more to charity and to help out their fellow man in times of trouble than any other private citizenry in the world. Just consider these statistics.

* When the tragic tsunami hit Asia and devastated so many countries, American private citizens gave 1.78 billion dollars in relief above and beyond what the U.S. Government gave to help bring relief to the suffering. This size of donation just on the private sector side dwarfed even the best of what other developed nations could contribute.

* Only a few months later when a terrible earthquake devastated Pakistan, American rallied again giving 78 million dollars to aid the suffering there.

* When hurricane Katrina and Rita devastated the US coast states, Americans from all over the nation responded with 3.12 billion dollars and relief efforts are still underway to reach out to those displaced by that terrible storm.

These are just a few of the hundreds of examples of charity that Americans give willingly every year whenever the need is great. Americans donate an estimated one quarter of a trillion dollars to charities such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and The American Cancer Society. And the amount that Americans give through their places of worship exceeds the gross national product of all but the most prosperous of nations.

These figures stand in direct contrast to the idea that Americans are selfish and spoiled as some would like to maintain. But the reasons for how deeply the belief in giving to others in need is engrained in the American psyche are diverse and an important part of the American dream and how this country came to be.

Part of the reason lies in the immigrant heritage that is what virtually everybody who makes up this great country can call their linage. That is because when we all go back to our roots, we all started out with a dream and this great country to grow that dream in. And all along the way, we helped each other. So we have a generational debt to pay back to all who pitched in and helped our ancestors establish this great country.

But it’s more than that. Our zeal to help others doesn’t stop at our shores. Americans give more than any other nation to help out others in need around the world. Our instinct to give is stronger than even our national politics as we will give generously even if an enemy of America is hurt by storm or disease. When it comes to helping out our fellow man, we put aside national animosities and reach out. That is a people who have that kind of deep empathy for others. That is what it means to be “an American”.

That empathy for people of all races and colors, nationalities and countries of origin is very natural for Americans to feel. We are a people made up of the immigrants from all lands. And so when we reach out and aid others who are suffering, we all feel like we are touching our own family that way. That is the heart of what makes American charity so amazing and so generous.

And even if the countries we reach out to don’t always appreciate what we do, Americans will always be a people who will not sit by and let others suffer. We have that deeply held national conviction that we are all going to get through this life together. And that is just another in the many reasons why America is the greatest country in the world.
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THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT.

The Great American Experiment

There is a tremendous reverence and respect for the founding fathers of America in our country. These brave and brilliant men forged a constitution and made a reality a new nation that was more than just another new country. It was and is a country the likes of which has never been seen on earth before.

But what is not commonly known is that those very same founding fathers viewed this new society and the government they put in place to protect it as a great experiment. And it was an experiment that even the founding fathers did not know for sure would actually work.

So much of how America is set up as a society from the federal government to the powers of the state to the rights and powers of the citizens was very new when America was first starting out. Nothing like it had ever been done in any of the societies from which our founding fathers emerged. This thing called “The Great American Experiment” consisted of some core values that we now consider to be the normal things of the society in which we live including…

* The reach of the government will be kept away from the religious life of its citizens. .

* That the rights of the individual are paramount even over the rights of the government. Those rights they came down from God, not from man.

* The founding principles of the society were not just based on man’s philosophy but on the natural law of nature and of God.

* Government must be constructed to keep human leaders from abusing their power. This is done through a carefully set up system in which no one section of the government can get too powerful.

* The ultimate “bosses” of government and of society are the American people themselves. If government officials ever go against the will of the citizens, they should be removed and replaced with representatives who know how to follow the will of the people.

These ideas that sound basic to us but were nothing short of revolutionary at the time our country was founded. But as we look back, we can see that in the minds of our founding fathers was a concept so above and beyond any other former government before it that it was certain to create a virtual utopia compared to the social systems of its time.

To be sure, there have been struggles as the American experiment slowly became the great country that we know it to be today. There were a lot of changes that had to happen. Slavery had to go away and we had to recognize the rights of everybody to vote, to work side by side and live in equality. But through it all the concept of power residing with the people has endured and prospered to the point that few in America can imagine it any other way.

Over our history, the American system of social order and government has been challenged by opposing systems of thought. Communism was more than just a dread enemy to be fought overseas. There was a real movement here in America to get that system of government in place here. But, as always, the wisdom of the people prevailed and democracy won out over a totalitarian system that would remove rights from the individual and give them to the state.

Even within our government from time to time we see movements to take power away from people. The system of fifty autonomous but unified states adds another layer to an already brilliantly designed system of keeping the federal government in a servant’s role and keeping the power where it belongs, with the people. So we can expect that we will see more movements come and go that go against the founding principles of the great American experiment.

But we have good reason to feel confident that because the American people have solemnly and seriously kept America on track with the vision of the founding fathers for over two hundred years, their wisdom will prevail again and again. The American experiment will continue to show itself not to be an experiment any longer but a beacon of democracy to shine around the world.
The Great American Experiment

There is a tremendous reverence and respect for the founding fathers of America in our country. These brave and brilliant men forged a constitution and made a reality a new nation that was more than just another new country. It was and is a country the likes of which has never been seen on earth before.

But what is not commonly known is that those very same founding fathers viewed this new society and the government they put in place to protect it as a great experiment. And it was an experiment that even the founding fathers did not know for sure would actually work.

So much of how America is set up as a society from the federal government to the powers of the state to the rights and powers of the citizens was very new when America was first starting out. Nothing like it had ever been done in any of the societies from which our founding fathers emerged. This thing called “The Great American Experiment” consisted of some core values that we now consider to be the normal things of the society in which we live including…

* The reach of the government will be kept away from the religious life of its citizens. .

* That the rights of the individual are paramount even over the rights of the government. Those rights they came down from God, not from man.

* The founding principles of the society were not just based on man’s philosophy but on the natural law of nature and of God.

* Government must be constructed to keep human leaders from abusing their power. This is done through a carefully set up system in which no one section of the government can get too powerful.

* The ultimate “bosses” of government and of society are the American people themselves. If government officials ever go against the will of the citizens, they should be removed and replaced with representatives who know how to follow the will of the people.

These ideas that sound basic to us but were nothing short of revolutionary at the time our country was founded. But as we look back, we can see that in the minds of our founding fathers was a concept so above and beyond any other former government before it that it was certain to create a virtual utopia compared to the social systems of its time.

To be sure, there have been struggles as the American experiment slowly became the great country that we know it to be today. There were a lot of changes that had to happen. Slavery had to go away and we had to recognize the rights of everybody to vote, to work side by side and live in equality. But through it all the concept of power residing with the people has endured and prospered to the point that few in America can imagine it any other way.

Over our history, the American system of social order and government has been challenged by opposing systems of thought. Communism was more than just a dread enemy to be fought overseas. There was a real movement here in America to get that system of government in place here. But, as always, the wisdom of the people prevailed and democracy won out over a totalitarian system that would remove rights from the individual and give them to the state.

Even within our government from time to time we see movements to take power away from people. The system of fifty autonomous but unified states adds another layer to an already brilliantly designed system of keeping the federal government in a servant’s role and keeping the power where it belongs, with the people. So we can expect that we will see more movements come and go that go against the founding principles of the great American experiment.

But we have good reason to feel confident that because the American people have solemnly and seriously kept America on track with the vision of the founding fathers for over two hundred years, their wisdom will prevail again and again. The American experiment will continue to show itself not to be an experiment any longer but a beacon of democracy to shine around the world.

THE ENVY OF THE WORLD.

The Envy of the World

Every country has a culture. When we think of “culture” we think of the exotic dress and rituals of ancient China or Japan. Or we might think of England or Scotland with their quirky approach to food, dress and customs. Or we might think of the music of Africa or the Caribbean or the alluring appeal of South America. As Americans we are endlessly fascinated with the cultures of the world.

But something we don’t always realize is that the American culture itself is the envy of the world for it’s excitement, it’s fun and the diversity that makes living in America such a pleasure. Yes, America does indeed have a culture and it is a culture that is unlike anything else in the world. But it is a culture we see having a huge influence on other cultures around the world. Because in the countries of Asia, South America, Australia and even the Middle East you see people, especially young people, emulating how Americans look, talk, eat and view the world. To be sure, culture may be America’s greatest export.

Perhaps the one area where we see the greatest copying of our culture is in the area of sports. Americans love of sports reflects our admiration of people who are competitive and people who are winners. Because if anything, Americans think of themselves as winners. And the world sees that and says, “That is how I want to be too.”

Music too has become a part of our culture that is so vibrant, so dynamic and so exciting that each musical movement that starts here sweeps the world. When Rock and Roll began to dominate American culture, we could not contain it’s influence within our borders. Instead it spread like a virus all around the globe. Before long it wasn’t just Americans that were singing “I wish they all could be California girls”. That wonderful and very American song was being sung in every culture from Berlin to Baghdad and from Paris, France to Pretoria, South Africa.

There are so many interesting and fun parts of American culture that have caught on worldwide that it’s sometimes impossible to separate popular culture of the world from the American origins that set those trends in motion. The internet has only accelerated that process. Even in closed or restrictive societies like Iran and China, because young people can get access to videos, news feeds, popular television, movies and music from America over the internet, they too become addicted to want to be part of “all things American”.

Besides the various genres of culture such as clothes, music, movies and sports, there is a certain “attitude” that speaks to the world. It is an attitude that is distinctively American. There is a cockiness, a self assured bravado, an almost obnoxious assurance that we are universally liked and that we will always be universally successful that appeals to those outside our culture that find themselves wanting to be like us.

And why shouldn’t we carry a certain amount of attitude with us wherever we go? Americans are outgoing and friendly because that is the nature of our country. Will Roger’s trait that he “never met a man he didn’t like” is very much a down home American trait. That attitude is a natural outgrowth of the spirit of cooperation and good will that is how America ticks.

While in some of our more urban cities, that spirit becomes sophisticated and street wise, it comes out especially in times of crisis. They say in some of the biggest emergencies of recent history including 911 and Katrina, in the heart of the horror, the people did not panic but quietly went about helping each other. If anything screams out “American”, it is that kind of attitude.

We can be proud of our culture because it is so uniquely us. And we can be proud that others envy us and want to adopt our music, our styles and even our attitudes. In the right kind of way, it is how we really do go about “exporting America” as the whole world looks on and begins to be infected by this wonderful culture and this infectious “attitude” that is what it means to be “an American”.
The Envy of the World

Every country has a culture. When we think of “culture” we think of the exotic dress and rituals of ancient China or Japan. Or we might think of England or Scotland with their quirky approach to food, dress and customs. Or we might think of the music of Africa or the Caribbean or the alluring appeal of South America. As Americans we are endlessly fascinated with the cultures of the world.

But something we don’t always realize is that the American culture itself is the envy of the world for it’s excitement, it’s fun and the diversity that makes living in America such a pleasure. Yes, America does indeed have a culture and it is a culture that is unlike anything else in the world. But it is a culture we see having a huge influence on other cultures around the world. Because in the countries of Asia, South America, Australia and even the Middle East you see people, especially young people, emulating how Americans look, talk, eat and view the world. To be sure, culture may be America’s greatest export.

Perhaps the one area where we see the greatest copying of our culture is in the area of sports. Americans love of sports reflects our admiration of people who are competitive and people who are winners. Because if anything, Americans think of themselves as winners. And the world sees that and says, “That is how I want to be too.”

Music too has become a part of our culture that is so vibrant, so dynamic and so exciting that each musical movement that starts here sweeps the world. When Rock and Roll began to dominate American culture, we could not contain it’s influence within our borders. Instead it spread like a virus all around the globe. Before long it wasn’t just Americans that were singing “I wish they all could be California girls”. That wonderful and very American song was being sung in every culture from Berlin to Baghdad and from Paris, France to Pretoria, South Africa.

There are so many interesting and fun parts of American culture that have caught on worldwide that it’s sometimes impossible to separate popular culture of the world from the American origins that set those trends in motion. The internet has only accelerated that process. Even in closed or restrictive societies like Iran and China, because young people can get access to videos, news feeds, popular television, movies and music from America over the internet, they too become addicted to want to be part of “all things American”.

Besides the various genres of culture such as clothes, music, movies and sports, there is a certain “attitude” that speaks to the world. It is an attitude that is distinctively American. There is a cockiness, a self assured bravado, an almost obnoxious assurance that we are universally liked and that we will always be universally successful that appeals to those outside our culture that find themselves wanting to be like us.

And why shouldn’t we carry a certain amount of attitude with us wherever we go? Americans are outgoing and friendly because that is the nature of our country. Will Roger’s trait that he “never met a man he didn’t like” is very much a down home American trait. That attitude is a natural outgrowth of the spirit of cooperation and good will that is how America ticks.

While in some of our more urban cities, that spirit becomes sophisticated and street wise, it comes out especially in times of crisis. They say in some of the biggest emergencies of recent history including 911 and Katrina, in the heart of the horror, the people did not panic but quietly went about helping each other. If anything screams out “American”, it is that kind of attitude.

We can be proud of our culture because it is so uniquely us. And we can be proud that others envy us and want to adopt our music, our styles and even our attitudes. In the right kind of way, it is how we really do go about “exporting America” as the whole world looks on and begins to be infected by this wonderful culture and this infectious “attitude” that is what it means to be “an American”.

STUBBORN AS A MULE.

Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.
Stubborn as a Mule

The character of the American personality is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and envied and disliked personalities in the world. There is something so tremendously different about Americans that cannot be replicated in any other culture in the world. The Australian bawdiness, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination t, love of adventure and fun comes close but it doesn’t approach the subtleties that make Americans so unique as a people. The English temperament of humor, fussiness and perfectionism also is a good reflection of what it is to be an American. But still there is something that sets us apart even from our English, Australian, Scottish and Irish cousins that makes us the same and yet different from those cultures.

To be sure, the American stubbornness when it comes to getting the job done stands out as one of those characteristics that make Americans a truly great people. It has been celebrated in song and theater, such as the great song Iowa from the Broadway musical The Music Man which has this lyric…

And we’re so by God stubborn
we can stand touchin’ noses
for a week at a time
and never see eye-to-eye.
But we’ll give you our shirt
and a back to go with it
if your crops should happen to die.

People from Iowa make their stubbornness a source of statewide pride but to be honest, it is a deeply ingrained part of what it is to be an American. Perhaps it is that Americans have never been afraid to take on great challenges, to “get in over their head” and take on even the impossible, especially if it means greatness for them, security for their family or national pride.

The American stubbornness was certainly on display in World War II when the world was being beaten down by what seemed to be a relentless Nazi war machine. It was the Americans who came in and took on this phenomenal menace. That war did not always go perfectly. We sustained huge losses. But Americans were too stubborn to give up. And because the American spirit could not be pushed back, it eventually prevailed, defeating Nazi Germany and it’s allies and bring victory and peace to the world.

No doubt one reason the American character is blessed by a virtually endless supply of stubborn determination is that it is part of the American experience to conquer a great continent. When those explorers set out from England to find and colonize this wild continent, those early Americans would not turn back, despite tremendous hardships. Then as the nation pushed west, pioneers conquered the wild, wild west and civilized his huge continent, sensing a “manifest destiny” for America to stretch from shore to shore. And they stubbornly did not give up until it did just that.

The amazing thing is that Americans are actually a mixture of many different nationalities, ethnic groups and points of origin. So this personality of stubborn refusal to not win is not genetic. It comes from being a member of this the greatest nation on earth. A pride, a national identification and a brotherhood of Americans seems to transform all who call themselves citizens of America and instills these outstanding qualities into their personalities as well.

And to be sure, all American share the struggle to continue to make this the greatest country on earth. Whether from the urban settings of the east coast to the small towns of the Midwest to the sprawling metropolises of the south and west, all Americans share that rugged determination to be great, both individually and as a nation. That determination is handed down generation after generation. And by that we know that not only is America the greatest nation on earth today, it will continue to be the greatest nation on earth for a long time to come.

THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN MAJESTIES.

The Purple Mountain Majesties

There are just a few songs about America that truly do a good job of capturing the sense of awe and reverence the citizens of this country have or should have about their beloved country. But of them all, America the Beautiful does the job beautifully. When one travels across this great land, it is impossible not to be reminded of those beautiful words…

O beautiful for spacious skies,
for amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee.
And crown thy good with brotherhood
from sea to shining sea!

The geography of the homeland of America would have to be listed as the most beautiful country land on earth. Yes, there are some countries in this world that do have wonderful places to see and enjoy. From the amazing mountains of the Swiss Alps to the exotic wonder of the Amazon River to the stunning wonder of the Sahara Desert to the beautiful cities of Europe, each country has its claim to fame.

But America stands head and shoulders above all of these because it doesn’t have just one magnificent natural wonder to give inspiration and joy to visitors and citizens, it has them all. Across the North American continent, you can find a natural beauty and a wonder of nature that will surprise, delight and inspire the visitor just as much as any similar location around the world.

We don’t just have one magnificent mountain range, we have many. From the mighty Rocky Mountains to the Olympia Mountains in Washington State to the rustic Appalachian Mountains in the southwest to the Adirondacks in upstate New York, America has a variety of mountain geography that is the most beautiful in the entire world.

But America is not just a wonderful mountain wonderland. America boasts a diversity of landscape that gives her citizens such a diversity of choices when they wish to enjoy nature that it seems they will never run out. America’s beaches from the perfectly white sands of Florida to the challenging surfing beaches of California leave nothing to be desired for those who must get back to the ocean.

Virtually every landscape and natural setting that could be imagined is evidenced within the boundaries of America. There are even exotic locations that you might expect to only find in the far places of deep, dark Africa or by safari into upper Tibet. America can boast volcanoes that take a back seat to no one in terms of amazing power and might. Our homeland has far reaching deserts. We boast rain forests that would make you swear you are in the deepest jungles of Asia and paradise locations of Hawaii and Alaska as well.

They say that the land of America is what inspires the greatness of its people and you would have to say that is true when you look at the vast reaches of this continent. It literally calls out to it’s people to conquer this huge land, make it their own and be as great of a people as it is a geography.

And the people of America have responded to the challenge the continent has made to become a people of vision and unstoppable ambition and for whom nothing is impossible. So when we sing proudly of the beauty of America in the Star Spangled Banner, The Stars and Stripes Forever or America the Beautiful, we sing of a great land that is well suited for the phenomenal nation that has grown up within its shores. But we also sing of a people who are just as awe inspiring as that land and whose majesty is just as breath taking as those purple mountains the poets dreamed of when we composed those great anthems.

STOPPING A MONSTER.

Stopping a Monster

The thing that is always true about a great people of any time or place is that they will stand up for great things. But more than that, they will stand up against a great evil when called upon to do so. There is really only one word that summarizes this phenomenal trait that makes a difference between a great people and mediocre one. And that word is “courage”.

America stands out in modern times more than any other nation on earth as one that has lead the way in standing up against evil of all forms. Whether it is the evil of AIDS or the horror of hurricane or famine, America stands up and supports the victims of such catastrophes. Nowhere is that trait of courage and strong virtue more evident than in how America stood up against the greatest evil of the last century. That was the evil of the Third Reich that was being brought upon mankind by Adolph Hitler.

There is no question that Hitler’s plans were nothing short of full scale world domination. What is sad when we look back on those difficult times is that the world leaders failed to see it earlier so he would have not gotten so powerful before America had to step in and remove this monster from the world stage.

But the world learned an important lesson from the horrors of World War II. It learned that when the chips are down and when things look impossible, that is when America can be counted on to step in and turn the tide against absolute evil.

There is a saying that goes “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Well, there may be no better illustration of that principle than how America responded when the world we being beaten down by the forces of Hitler and his allies. Just when the situation looked impossible and it seemed that Hitler was going to succeed in his insane plans to take over the world, America stepped in and said, “Stop!”

This is not to say that it was not a titanic struggle of good against evil and that the victory against the evil of Hitler didn’t come at a great cost. There were battles in World War II that cost our military literally thousands of soldiers in a single day. But did America turn and run? Did America say, “It’s too hard”? Did America say, “He’s your problem, you stop him”? NO! America stood up, linked arms with its allies and stood together to bring down the greatest threat to civilization the world has ever known.

But this is not surprising when you know the stuff that America is made of. Americans are a complex people. We are fun loving and culturally diverse. But when the chips are down, all of that falls by the wayside. When the chips are down, that is when people can always say, “America is the country we can count on to step in and stop evil when nobody else can do it.”

The fact that Americans are a people of courage should surprise nobody. It took courage to conquer this wild land and spread the American way of life from sea to sea when America was becoming a nation. It took courage for immigrants, with little more than the clothes on their back and a dream to come to this country and start with nothing to achieve the American dream.

So courage is as much a part of America as apple pie, hot dogs and baseball. We see it every day in small acts of courage and valor all across this nation and the world. And if our friends around the world ever make the mistake to forget that if it was not for America, the evil of Hitler would have won and he would have taken over every nation on earth, all they need to do is visit the inspiring battlefields and graveyards in France, England and all across the world to be reminded that is was America that stood up.

It was the United States of America that was not afraid to take on the greatest monster mankind has ever known and stop the monster in its tracks. And if we have to, we will do it again.