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.

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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.

POWERFUL BUT WISE.

Powerful but Wise

In the history of the world, there has never been an army as powerful as that of the United States of America. This has never been so dramatically demonstrated as it was when we ended a world war with the dropping of a few bombs over Japan. When those nuclear weapons exploded over Japan, the world gasped and stepped back and realized that America was a serious force to be respected.

After an attack like Hiroshima, any other country might have demanded that all nations of the earth disarm of every possible weapon and enter into a servant relationship with them. And having sole ownership of a bomb that could wipe out millions gave America the chance to do just that.

But that is not what happened. Instead, America used this unbelievable power for good and not evil and to rebuild shattered nations rather than build a new empire to dominate the planet. This is demonstration that Amerce is and was the embodiment of a power that is wielded with wisdom and compassion. After the war with the Axis Powers was ended, instead of occupying our enemies or devastating them so they could never be great again, we went in and helped them rebuild. Americans showed their forgiving and generous nature by putting our enemies back on their feet and changing our bitter enemies into our dearest friends. This is just the kind of people Americans are. We use all of the amazing powers and wealth God has given us to benefit mankind rather than dominate it.

Since World War II, our policy if using our incredible power wisely has defined Americans as a people who do not impose our will on others but do all we can to help and encourage others to live better lives. For every time we used our incredible military to conduct a battle, step in and stop a grave injustice to enter a war to liberate the downtrodden, there are dozens more incidents where we used that same military to help out in times of crisis.

It is not uncommon at all to see our president deploy our mighty armies to an area of the world divested by flood, famine, earthquake or some other horrible disaster and set up relief stations to get food to starving people and help refugees find ways to rebuild their shattered lives. Around the world our soldiers are known just as much for the humanitarian work they do as they are for their military might.

This generous spirit extends even to the civilian base back at home when supporting our troops wherever they go to face dangers to preserve America’s freedoms. Whenever our brave soldiers are in harms way, the American people respond with an outpouring of support, care packages, letters and many other methods of letting our boys know they are loved and respected for what they do. But beyond that, we send tons and tons of relief supplies to our military to distribute to the moms and dads and children of families in the countries where we fight so they can take care of their families just like we try to do here at home.

It is the kindness, the generosity and the compassion of Americans that is just as evident in how we use our powerful military to step in and help around the world when the need dictates that we should do so. Sometimes it is interpreted as weakness when we show our human side that works side by side with a military that is the mightiest of all time. But our enemies know that America is a country that can bring a virtually unstoppable military power to bear on those who would dare to try to hurt us or try to take our freedoms.

But we will also use that mighty power of our military with wisdom, with judgment and with compassion to be sure that we are using it at all times for the good of our people and of the people who live in war torn areas of the world. Americans think of themselves as powerful but compassionate and that is reflected in a military power that is the envy of the world.
Powerful but Wise

In the history of the world, there has never been an army as powerful as that of the United States of America. This has never been so dramatically demonstrated as it was when we ended a world war with the dropping of a few bombs over Japan. When those nuclear weapons exploded over Japan, the world gasped and stepped back and realized that America was a serious force to be respected.

After an attack like Hiroshima, any other country might have demanded that all nations of the earth disarm of every possible weapon and enter into a servant relationship with them. And having sole ownership of a bomb that could wipe out millions gave America the chance to do just that.

But that is not what happened. Instead, America used this unbelievable power for good and not evil and to rebuild shattered nations rather than build a new empire to dominate the planet. This is demonstration that Amerce is and was the embodiment of a power that is wielded with wisdom and compassion. After the war with the Axis Powers was ended, instead of occupying our enemies or devastating them so they could never be great again, we went in and helped them rebuild. Americans showed their forgiving and generous nature by putting our enemies back on their feet and changing our bitter enemies into our dearest friends. This is just the kind of people Americans are. We use all of the amazing powers and wealth God has given us to benefit mankind rather than dominate it.

Since World War II, our policy if using our incredible power wisely has defined Americans as a people who do not impose our will on others but do all we can to help and encourage others to live better lives. For every time we used our incredible military to conduct a battle, step in and stop a grave injustice to enter a war to liberate the downtrodden, there are dozens more incidents where we used that same military to help out in times of crisis.

It is not uncommon at all to see our president deploy our mighty armies to an area of the world divested by flood, famine, earthquake or some other horrible disaster and set up relief stations to get food to starving people and help refugees find ways to rebuild their shattered lives. Around the world our soldiers are known just as much for the humanitarian work they do as they are for their military might.

This generous spirit extends even to the civilian base back at home when supporting our troops wherever they go to face dangers to preserve America’s freedoms. Whenever our brave soldiers are in harms way, the American people respond with an outpouring of support, care packages, letters and many other methods of letting our boys know they are loved and respected for what they do. But beyond that, we send tons and tons of relief supplies to our military to distribute to the moms and dads and children of families in the countries where we fight so they can take care of their families just like we try to do here at home.

It is the kindness, the generosity and the compassion of Americans that is just as evident in how we use our powerful military to step in and help around the world when the need dictates that we should do so. Sometimes it is interpreted as weakness when we show our human side that works side by side with a military that is the mightiest of all time. But our enemies know that America is a country that can bring a virtually unstoppable military power to bear on those who would dare to try to hurt us or try to take our freedoms.

But we will also use that mighty power of our military with wisdom, with judgment and with compassion to be sure that we are using it at all times for the good of our people and of the people who live in war torn areas of the world. Americans think of themselves as powerful but compassionate and that is reflected in a military power that is the envy of the world.

POETS AND REVOLUTIONARIES.

Poets and Revolutionaries

The real test of a free society is the extent to which it allows within its borders the sometimes eccentric and often disturbing presence of poets and artists. That is what you notice if you read about totalitarian societies that want to clamp down on free speech and make everybody think the same way. The first areas to receive heavy censorship if not complete shut down are the arts, philosophy, theater and political, religious and philosophical dialog.

One of the many great things about America is that we don’t even think of censoring our poets, artists or even the revolutionaries who grow up in our society. In fact, we honor them and do all we can to help them find their voice, their audience and ways to get their message out. This is the hallmark of a truly great society. What if ancient Greece had shut down Aristophanes and forbade him from making plays? The whole arena of theater which arguably is the ancestor to movies and TV, would never have found it’s way. We would never be able to gather in parks all over the country to enjoy those wonderful Shakespeare plays. But we are able to do that and that aspect of a free society is something our founding fathers were careful to protect.

We go through an ongoing debate in our society about what is acceptable in art, music, and even free speech. But that is exactly what the founding fathers wanted to us to do as a free people. We need to be able to openly discuss what is true poetry and art and what is exploitative, pornographic or offensive. This is not “relative morality” as much as it is an ongoing living continuous re-creation of our culture in the context of a free society.

The fact that we do not want our government getting in the middle of this dialog is one of the hallmarks of what makes the American system of social discourse so terrific. In fact, at the governmental level, we even encourage what is often hard to understand art with the National Endowment for the Arts so those in our society who are struggling to create literature, paintings, plays or sculpture (to name just a few artistic genres) can do so and still afford to feed themselves. By keeping the arts alive and vibrant, we guarantee that our society will remain fresh and stimulating for many years to come.

The freedom of speech and of expression that extends to artists even applies to modern day revolutionaries that would introduce new concepts in government, social organization or philosophy to our public discussion if they can. It would be so easy for us to say, “We don’t allow that. We like our democracy so let’s shut that kind of dialog down.”

But we don’t do that. It is a sign of robust and self-confident society that we have even allowed alternative political parties to exist in America. These groups may be representing systems that are totally opposed to democracy and our way of life. And yet because we do not shut down free speech, thought or conversation, Americans can engage those systems of thought and see if they stand up against the shining example of democracy that has been proven over and over again in the great American experiment. And every time that happens, the new “revolutionary” idea has its day in the sun then fades away and our great American republic continues to thrive and prosper.

We can be proud when we see new artistic movements, new poets and revolutionaries get their chance to express themselves in our wonderful land. What tremendous talents have grown out of this rich creative setting that America fosters. From Ernest Hemmingway to Jackson Pollack to Neil Simon to Pablo Picasso to John Grissom, these geniuses were all able to find expression of their art in America because America is the home of the free and of free expression of thoughts and ideas.

Planning the Revolution

The American system of government is easily the most innovative and successful applications of democracy and the republic in the history of the world. Our government takes a lot of criticism because sometimes the process we go through to bring new leaders into the government becomes contentious. But the genius that went into the organization and fundamental principles of how our government works was nothing short of revolutionary.

Sometimes it’s good to step back far enough from the day in, day out fussing and debate that goes on in politics to marvel at what a wonderful organization system America has to serve its people. It’s ironic that the dialog we conduct is what makes how our government works so well. It is constantly being held accountable by the people.

Americans do not see their government as something that rules over them. Instead, the citizens of this country rule over the government and see it in its proper role of servant of the people. In other words, our elected leaders, from the local school board to the presidency of the nation, works for us and we are not afraid to remind them of that any time anyone gets the wrong idea.

Is it a system full of fire and emotion? You bet it is. Is it a system where there is a constant struggle to find the right course? It is that and so much more. But instead of seeing the natural push and shove of politics as something evil and unwanted, this is the true glory of what makes the American way of life so unique, valuable and envied by peoples all across the globe.

One of the most amazing things about how America works is that we fully expect our governmental system to undergo constant change. In governments of the past, change took place through violence. A revolution meant that those who were overthrown were probably executed or at least thrown out of the country. And this was the natural order of things. It was the way people expected the government to evolve and change to keep up with what the country needed next.

The genius that the founding fathers built into the American system of governing is not that they outlawed revolution. Quite the opposite, they made it the law of the land. Revolution is so central to the way our government works that it is organized and scheduled every four years. We quite literally have the chance to kick everybody out of government once every four years if that is what is needed, and we don’t have to kill anyone. On the contrary, we honor those who have served in leadership and whose time is done as the responsibility for leadership is passed to the next leaders.

Our leaders are not kings or royalty to be revered, worshipped and obeyed without question. Our leaders are ourselves. America may not have invented the system of citizen leadership, but we took it to new levels never dreamed of before. Does that mean we have never had an assignation in our history? We all know better than that. But that is not the expected method of changing government. And because we are experts at planning the revolution, we do not have bloody military take overs or sudden coups where leaders disappear in the night. We change our government by the law, not by the gun and the sword.

Americans have taken what is good in the many past systems of government and created a new method that keeps the values of those systems but hands the decision making to the people. We have the founding fathers to thank for that and our nation continuously is careful to make sure each generation of leadership follows the founding father’s design to the letter. The result is a nation that is the strongest on earth and the strongest and most prosperous of any nation in the history of civilization.

So if you feel inclined to take out your picture of Thomas Jefferson and give them a salute and a hearty “thank you”, go right ahead and do it. The founding fathers gave us a treasure that is unlike any other and one for which we will be eternally grateful.
Planning the Revolution

The American system of government is easily the most innovative and successful applications of democracy and the republic in the history of the world. Our government takes a lot of criticism because sometimes the process we go through to bring new leaders into the government becomes contentious. But the genius that went into the organization and fundamental principles of how our government works was nothing short of revolutionary.

Sometimes it’s good to step back far enough from the day in, day out fussing and debate that goes on in politics to marvel at what a wonderful organization system America has to serve its people. It’s ironic that the dialog we conduct is what makes how our government works so well. It is constantly being held accountable by the people.

Americans do not see their government as something that rules over them. Instead, the citizens of this country rule over the government and see it in its proper role of servant of the people. In other words, our elected leaders, from the local school board to the presidency of the nation, works for us and we are not afraid to remind them of that any time anyone gets the wrong idea.

Is it a system full of fire and emotion? You bet it is. Is it a system where there is a constant struggle to find the right course? It is that and so much more. But instead of seeing the natural push and shove of politics as something evil and unwanted, this is the true glory of what makes the American way of life so unique, valuable and envied by peoples all across the globe.

One of the most amazing things about how America works is that we fully expect our governmental system to undergo constant change. In governments of the past, change took place through violence. A revolution meant that those who were overthrown were probably executed or at least thrown out of the country. And this was the natural order of things. It was the way people expected the government to evolve and change to keep up with what the country needed next.

The genius that the founding fathers built into the American system of governing is not that they outlawed revolution. Quite the opposite, they made it the law of the land. Revolution is so central to the way our government works that it is organized and scheduled every four years. We quite literally have the chance to kick everybody out of government once every four years if that is what is needed, and we don’t have to kill anyone. On the contrary, we honor those who have served in leadership and whose time is done as the responsibility for leadership is passed to the next leaders.

Our leaders are not kings or royalty to be revered, worshipped and obeyed without question. Our leaders are ourselves. America may not have invented the system of citizen leadership, but we took it to new levels never dreamed of before. Does that mean we have never had an assignation in our history? We all know better than that. But that is not the expected method of changing government. And because we are experts at planning the revolution, we do not have bloody military take overs or sudden coups where leaders disappear in the night. We change our government by the law, not by the gun and the sword.

Americans have taken what is good in the many past systems of government and created a new method that keeps the values of those systems but hands the decision making to the people. We have the founding fathers to thank for that and our nation continuously is careful to make sure each generation of leadership follows the founding father’s design to the letter. The result is a nation that is the strongest on earth and the strongest and most prosperous of any nation in the history of civilization.

So if you feel inclined to take out your picture of Thomas Jefferson and give them a salute and a hearty “thank you”, go right ahead and do it. The founding fathers gave us a treasure that is unlike any other and one for which we will be eternally grateful.

HURTING WHEN THEY HURT.

Hurting When They Hurt

It is sad to say but in the last few years, we have had more than our share of opportunities to witness the devastation of tragedy, storms and catastrophes that have come upon mankind. From 911 to Katrina to the Tsunami to dozens of other floods, famines, earthquakes and other natural disasters, disasters of a phenomenal proportion have happened to people all around the world.

When disaster strikes, that often brings out the best in all of us. America is always in the forefront of leadership in bringing aid to afflicted areas of the country and the world in such circumstances. People around the world have become so accustomed to American charity when horrible things happen that they almost come to expect to wake up the next day to the sight of American aid coming over the horizon the day after the catastrophe. It seems as normal and expected as the dawn of the new day.

And when you think about watching scenes from natural disaster sites, what is the one thing that you always see in the background whenever one of our news services are on the scene just after disaster falls a people? It is the very familiar symbol of the simple Red Cross that is there to aid the suffering and help in every way possible. The American Red Cross is one of those institutions that we always expect to be there to help where they can and bring much needed food, medicine and other supplies long before other relief efforts have even begun to respond.

That simple red cross on the side of one of their trucks or stamped on a bag of food means relief to the suffering millions of the world when disasters that might otherwise mean widespread death to a people. It is the Red Cross who stands in the gap to say, “No, this disaster may mean terrible destruction, but we are here to say, all will not be lost.” And, God forbid, if you or I were ever in a terrible natural catastrophe, when we stumble out of the rubble, we would look up and see that familiar sign of charity and help and we would know that somebody cares and that all is not lost.

The Red Cross is just one of hundreds of charitable organizations that are in place across America to stay constantly ready to go to trouble when it occurs and bring immediate relief. The American charity infrastructure is one of the most sophisticated organizations for the relief of human suffering in the history of mankind. It’s ability to stay constantly ready, to coordinate between organizations and to mobilize on a moments notice are on a par with the American military for efficiency and effectiveness under the worst possible circumstances.

The unrelenting dedication to helping the helpless, the nonpartisan dedication to their calling and their incredible skills all are emblems of the American sprit in every possible way. There is a simple beauty to how Americans are willing to step in and help people without regard for race, national origin or the political relations of the government in place. No matter who it is, if disaster strikes, Americans are there through the Red Cross.

We can take pride in this part of our society that is so often taken for granted. The Red Cross and other American charities rarely look for praise or thanks. Their mission is to serve and if they seek attention, it is only to gather more materials for that mission. That selflessness, dedication to others and thankless charity is just another example of the great American spirit that has made us the shining example to the world of how humanity takes care of each other when the chips are down. And that is what makes America great.
Hurting When They Hurt

It is sad to say but in the last few years, we have had more than our share of opportunities to witness the devastation of tragedy, storms and catastrophes that have come upon mankind. From 911 to Katrina to the Tsunami to dozens of other floods, famines, earthquakes and other natural disasters, disasters of a phenomenal proportion have happened to people all around the world.

When disaster strikes, that often brings out the best in all of us. America is always in the forefront of leadership in bringing aid to afflicted areas of the country and the world in such circumstances. People around the world have become so accustomed to American charity when horrible things happen that they almost come to expect to wake up the next day to the sight of American aid coming over the horizon the day after the catastrophe. It seems as normal and expected as the dawn of the new day.

And when you think about watching scenes from natural disaster sites, what is the one thing that you always see in the background whenever one of our news services are on the scene just after disaster falls a people? It is the very familiar symbol of the simple Red Cross that is there to aid the suffering and help in every way possible. The American Red Cross is one of those institutions that we always expect to be there to help where they can and bring much needed food, medicine and other supplies long before other relief efforts have even begun to respond.

That simple red cross on the side of one of their trucks or stamped on a bag of food means relief to the suffering millions of the world when disasters that might otherwise mean widespread death to a people. It is the Red Cross who stands in the gap to say, “No, this disaster may mean terrible destruction, but we are here to say, all will not be lost.” And, God forbid, if you or I were ever in a terrible natural catastrophe, when we stumble out of the rubble, we would look up and see that familiar sign of charity and help and we would know that somebody cares and that all is not lost.

The Red Cross is just one of hundreds of charitable organizations that are in place across America to stay constantly ready to go to trouble when it occurs and bring immediate relief. The American charity infrastructure is one of the most sophisticated organizations for the relief of human suffering in the history of mankind. It’s ability to stay constantly ready, to coordinate between organizations and to mobilize on a moments notice are on a par with the American military for efficiency and effectiveness under the worst possible circumstances.

The unrelenting dedication to helping the helpless, the nonpartisan dedication to their calling and their incredible skills all are emblems of the American sprit in every possible way. There is a simple beauty to how Americans are willing to step in and help people without regard for race, national origin or the political relations of the government in place. No matter who it is, if disaster strikes, Americans are there through the Red Cross.

We can take pride in this part of our society that is so often taken for granted. The Red Cross and other American charities rarely look for praise or thanks. Their mission is to serve and if they seek attention, it is only to gather more materials for that mission. That selflessness, dedication to others and thankless charity is just another example of the great American spirit that has made us the shining example to the world of how humanity takes care of each other when the chips are down. And that is what makes America great.