Thursday, February 24, 2005

Tommy Part II.

Tommy related a visit he had made to Uganda. He talked about how him and a crew of his from the DHHS went to a village in Uganda to deliver some aid and to visit. He talked about sitting in small one room huts with dirt floors with people who have benefited from US-Aid. His message was simply do not believe the leftists when they say we are a stingy nation.

Towards the end of his talk Tommy quoted Teddy Roosevelt:
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 them 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, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in 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 fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Wow, what a statement! The quote is very timely as Republicans are being heavily criticized. Tommy urged us as leaders to go out and talk to others about our ideas for making our communities better places to live.

As I have said before I have been critical of his tenure as governor of Wisconsin but in the end the speech was good and gave me new enthusiasm for my work in conservative politics.