A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Quote of the Week: Strength Without Bluster
Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, was born on this day in 1924. Writer’s Almanac reminds us of this fact, while offering up a quote that makes us nostalgic for the man who sought to end what he called “the imperial presidency.” Somehow, at this moment in time, these strike me as hopeful words: