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Showing up

"Showing up" Continued...

Issue: "The Morning After," Jan. 15, 2000

Aloof, we miss something important: The Saddam Husseins and Osama bin Ladens of the world are outnumbered by millions in many countries who overlook our bad habits and remember we did some good things. They remember that we liberated Holland, exported the polio vaccine, dug through the rubble, and gave away our grain. Most of the world abroad, the real world of shoe clerks and students and mothers and veterans, wishes us well.

They think we must all be like Teddy Roosevelt, who called on his countrymen at the dawn of the 20th century "to uphold righteousness by deed and by word ... to be both honest and brave, to serve high ideals, yet to use practical methods."

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