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Character Is Destiny -- For Nations, Too

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China is our geopolitical adversary, but the ancient Chinese philosopher Mencius had some advice that might help us in these difficult times. He said:

"Only after a person has demeaned himself will others demean him. Only after a great family has destroyed itself will others destroy it. And only after a country has torn itself down will others tear it down. The T'ai Chia says:

'Ruin from Heaven,

We can weather.

Ruin from ourselves,

We never survive.'"

To survive, let alone to recover, America must regain its sanity and self-respect.

As American Founder George Washington said, "Labor to keep alive in yourself that little spark of celestial fire called conscience."

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