Thomas Jefferson Research Paper

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Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the US, and one of the nation’s founding fathers said, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” What Thomas Jefferson means is the greatest flaw of humanity is a lack of motivation. When people are not sufficiently motivated, there is a lack of growth in a country. Therefore, it is necessary for people to have dreams that are attainable in order for a country to prosper. When an economy stagnates, entrepreneurs and small businesses are stifled, and opportunity for success decreases, the effects on a country can be disastrous. The very ideals of the American Dream have been opportunity for success and the pursuit of happiness, however,…show more content…
Having been raised by a father who served in the Army as a Marine, Toby Keith grew up to respect the armed forces, and many times sang performances for/in honor of veterans and soldiers. After the death of his father in 2001, as well as the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and Pentagon, Toby Keith released his album Unleashed in early 2002. His most popular song, Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (the Angry American), was created in honor of his father and the 3,000 victims of the attacks, and was originally only played live in front of soldiers. Upon it’s recording, Toby Keith received much criticism, as many considered it to be overly patriotic with lyrics such as “the Statue of Liberty Started shakin’ her fist, And the eagle will fly” (Toby Keith). The purpose of the song was to express his feelings of anger and lex talionis for the Islamic extremists, and to express his support for American…show more content…
In other words, Courtesy of the Red White and Blue calls for the reestablishment of American ideals such as liberty, equal opportunity, and the pursuit of happiness. In the song, Toby Keith calls for the American people not simply to love their country more, but for people to protect it’s values. An example of this can be found when he says, “Now this nation that I love Has fallen under attack A mighty sucker punch came flyin’ in From somewhere in the back” (Toby Keith). Not only is Toby Keith saying that the nation had quite literally fallen under attack, but the country’s values had as well. Numerous examples can be found in over-regulation of small businesses and the private practice sector of the economy, which is considered by some to be the backbone of the US economy (Sarvadi 2005). According to Susan Eckerly of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, government regulating laws such as increasing the minimum wage will have a “deep and disproportionate impact on the small business sector,” and that the sector “has failed to recover in recent years because of a series of policies that increase the burden on small-business owners — increases to health care costs, higher taxes, more costly regulations, and now the minimum wage increase proposal” (Eckerly). These kinds of regulations have made it

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