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Our nation's greatest achievements did not come without failures along the way. When I think of such achievements, winning World War II and landing a man on the moon come quickly to mind.

What the United States accomplished between the bombing of Pearl Harbor and V-J Day is astonishing. But the early months of that war were a string of defeats and set-backs. The Japanese rolled across the Philippines, taking numerous American soldiers prisoner. In North Africa, the inexperienced American troops were no match for Rommel's forces. Those days were dark indeed.

By the end of the 1960s, the United States had landed men on the moon --"one small step for a man, one giant step for mankind"-- and won the admiration of the world. However, a decade before that, I recall, the pictures from Cape Canaveral were anything but inspiring. Missiles would go through a countdown only to topple and explode when ignition time came, or lift off but fail to go into orbit.

America worked its way through those failures, however, and went on to do great things.

Of course, in those times, we did not have a major political party that was not just hoping for failure, but actively working for failure.

Against that, too, we must persevere.

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  •  Failures does not equal incompetence. (1+ / 0-)
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    Big difference.  Don't you agree?

    •  My Dad Worked NASA Manned Space Those Years (3+ / 0-)
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      gooderservice, CentralMass, buffie

      And I lived through the era. There was more than a little failure back then that was incompetence as well. If the nuclear deterrent fleet had been as reliable as it should've been for the mission it had been purchased for, the Mercury and Gemini programs could've been finished maybe 2 years sooner, plus or minus the development of computers and other manned space specific elements of the program.

      Remember the first 2/3 of the space race flew on our nuclear deterrent missiles that were blowing up right left and center. Glen's Atlas launch had 10 scrubs, most I think for technical breakdowns.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 06:37:56 PM PST

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  •  I'm a little worried (1+ / 0-)
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    vexed weasel

    The choices I have on my state's exchange make me sad.

    I make barely too much to qualify for a subsidy, and the lowest insurance offered is $60 a month more than my current insurance with Humana, with a maximum out of pocket cost $5,000 a year higher.

    The bronze plans are worse than what I have in every way. For some reason Humana isn't offering the same policies they offer privately on the exchange, and the few other companies participating are much more expensive for less.

    I'm very worried if we're all forced onto the exchange soon I might lose the coverage I have.

  •  I don't think that the word greatness and (1+ / 0-)
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    government will be used in the same sentence in this century.

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