The American Spirit: Celebrating the Virtues and Values that Make Us Great
Edwin J. Feulner, Brian Tracy
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The United States is an exceptional place to call home thanks to the character of the American people. With conviction and urgency, Ed Feulner and Brian Tracy affirm our core tenets?from patriotism and optimism to faith and generosity?and challenge all of us to live out the timeless principles of citizenship.
Packed with engaging stories, insightful profiles, and eye-opening statistics, The American Spirit serves as an indispensable primer on the bedrock belief that an indomitable spirit does exist, that it defines us as a people, and that it must be preserved for the nation to flourish.
Graham, said, “Sometimes I think the environment in which we operate is entirely too secular. The fact that we have freedom of religion doesn’t mean we need to try to have freedom from religion.” Or to cite Ronald Reagan, “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” The acknowledgment of faith is not the imposition of it. The United States has a long history of tolerance and acceptance of all religious beliefs, even atheism. The move to purge any
years, small companies, sometimes just mom-and-pop operations, have been steadily hiring and growing. Each year the World Bank produces the report “Doing Business.” This report measures the ease of starting and building a business, taking into consideration laws, regulations, taxes, economic climate, distribution channels, and many other factors for more than 150 countries around the world. 192 According to this report, year after year, the United States is one of the easiest countries in the
a job to every citizen because the state controlled the entire economy. There was no private sector. As long as you were a loyal Soviet citizen, the state would make sure that you had some sort of job, however poorly paid. But the moment you stepped out of line and criticized the state in any way, you would lose your state-run job, you would be hauled before a state-run court, and you would be sentenced to a state-run jail, a state-run mental home, or a state-run labor camp. By contrast,
progressive tax. In such a system, someone earning $80,000 might pay $16,000 in taxes—a 20 percent tax rate—while someone earning less would pay taxes at a lower rate. The United States has a progressive income tax. The great eighteenth-century social thinker Adam Smith, widely considered the father of modern economic thought, had some sympathy for this approach. “It is not unreasonable,” he wrote in his seminal work, The Wealth of Nations, “that the rich should contribute to the public expense,
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