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Source Notes follow (motivational tweets at bottom):
With these three from Germany, that will increase the number that they have up to 19. (Since we’ve sent 16, as I reported in the July 22 episode.)
Saudia Arabia: How to deal with despots from The Economist.
Motivation and wisdom:
That’s it for this edition.
As a reminder, please be kind and try your best to love your fellow Americans.
I believe with every fiber of my being that we have to pull this country together. We have to stop hating those on the other side of the aisle and we have to stop rewarding the loudest (and most angry) voices on either side.
I’m not sure how we do this, but it certainly starts with each of us being nice to our fellow Americans. And understanding what the great Abraham Lincoln said.
Lincoln, who is one of my absolute favorite people to look up to and study, said that a house divided cannot stand.
It’s also worth remembering that Lincoln had approximately one year of schooling. He was self-educated, learning through books and reading that he did. And yet he proved to be one of the wisest leaders we ever had.
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P.S. Don’t forget to check out my books. I’ve written a CIA/Marine sniper series, a detective series, a private investigator series, an action-packed Western, a motivational/biography book about President Obama, and two realistic war novels: one about World War II and one about Afghanistan.