Sunday, April 8, 2007

A Poverty of Ambition?

"There’s nothing wrong with making money, but focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself, and in the end, I suspect, will leave you unfulfilled.” ~ Barack Obama* to students of the Campus Progress National Student Conference, 2006. (Source, source)
I finally found something that is a bit of consolation and counterpoint to the strange pronouncements over the past few days. The reality of those who 'serve the country' in one form or other seems to be quite different from the weird straw man arguments I'm hearing. Many of the folks I see seem to do their jobs out of a fair bit of idealism. I wasn't quite aware of this sort of thing before, but in these few weeks of Basic Training, it has become quite apparent to me. The Newspaper has been working overtime to bring out feature articles about the work done by the various Departments. Today's article is on the Learning Branch, and I like what I'm reading. I think overall, we have a good system working here, all things considered. All thanks to the rank and file who possess quite a fair bit of 'admirable sentiment', I reckon. :) *President of the United States in 2008, conditions apply.


Anonymous said...

Stating "President of the United States, conditions apply" is arrogant, don't you think?

If you support the man, fine. Vote for him. You're going to get a Communist who decries personal wealth, property, and success while touting collectivism, but hey, if that's what you want. Oh, and don't forget that unless you're black, you won't be in the chosen group. Just do some homework on everyone who has surrounded this man for pretty much all of his adult life.

But to be so presumptous just makes you arrogant.

Anonymous said...

All the racist, and discriminatory remarks that have been made in regards to President-Elect Barack Obama just goes to show you that despite the fact that we are in the year 2008, there are still people who cannot handle something different. That is a pathetic truth, but thankfully there are more people in this country that believe in equality and peace, than otherwise.