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“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt

This hung in the boathouse of the Villanova Crew when I was on the rowing team. 

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Today’s Journal News editorial favoring gay marriage allows comments, and of course the first guy has to say “Rome is upon us.” Yes, bestowing civil rights is what caused the Roman Empire to decline. I remember that well from history class. Rome was overrun by the more civilized Huns and collapsed from within because personal liberty and freedom ran amok. Sodomy caused the dark ages. I totally forgot that. 

Gay marriage won’t make us Rome. Gay Marriage will make us New York, the state that gave the USA Susan B Anthony, the Roosevelts, and played a huge part in the Underground Railroad. Gay marriage puts us on the right side of human rights. 

No true fiscal conservative should oppose gay marriage. It is good for the economy. 

No true pro life supporter should oppose gay adoption. It is a pro-life choice. 

Social conservatives seem more commited to the suicide pact of knee jerk orthodoxy instead of a reasoned, organic approach to growing the economy in a sustainable way. Take all those resources devoted to suppressing equal rights for gay Americans and gays in the military and harness their vast talents. Let gay folks walk in the sun with the rest of us. 

I have dozens of gay clients. They are all good, decent, honorable people and they have helped keep my business open through a really bad downturn in the industry. I am feeding my children and building my empire thank in significant part to gay people, not seeing my empire decline. 

 

 

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