Chip WoodA delightful experience over the weekend led to a discussion that prompted the headline for this column. Let me tell you about it.

Ralph ReilandHere’s the news from the New York Times on the day before tax day: “Forty-seven percent. That’s the portion of American households that owe no income tax for 2009. The number is up from 38 percent in 2007.”

Perfect GameThe Perfect Game is based on the real-life story of “Monterrey Industrial,” a Mexican Little League team that was willing to walk 12 miles by foot from the border of Mexico to McAllen, Texas, for their first game in the 1957 Little League World Series South Regional. The film is truly inspirational, awe-inspiring, and depicts one of the greatest underdog stories ever told.

Chip WoodRemember when Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson cut a deal with the Obama Administration to deliver the 60th vote in favor of Obamacare? To the ever-lasting shame of both sides, the result was an embarrassment that came to be known as the Cornhusker Kickback.

Becky AkersIt used to be that a man would sooner die than run. Courage, physical and moral, was the sine qua non of American masculinity. Whether it was a 22-year-old George Washington boasting of his first battle, “I have heard the bullets whistle; and believe me, there is something charming in the sound,” Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie at the Alamo, or Charles Goodyear’s persevering for years, through financial failure and formula after formula, to produce vulcanized rubber, courage was as much a part of the American identity as pluck and practicality, independence and pride.

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