America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great by Dr. Benjamin Carson.
He starts the book out with a review of our country's history...how hard our ancestors fought for their freedoms and the intelligence and foresight of the founding fathers in creating the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, setting up our form of government the way they did.
Then he goes on to talk about the things that made this country great...morality, education, hard work....and what has gone wrong to cause the problems of today. He goes on to offer suggestions of what needs to be done to get us back on the right path....most of them just common sense. Which isn't so common these days. Most of his suggestions would also require more work and sweat than our entitlement addled society wants to put forth. He doesn't believe in victims. He grew up in poverty and is where he is today because of his own efforts and isn't bashful about saying that is how the average person will improve their lot....not by collecting every benefit they can apply for.
Some have put his name forth as a viable presidential candidate for 2016. I suspect he's too smart a man to want a job where he would have to constantly battle Congress for every little thing. Members of Congress are too divided along party lines to ever do anything that smacked of common sense...especially if it didn't make them or their wealthy campaign donors even wealthier.
A book well worth reading.
On the sewing front I've trimmed the baby quilts and made backings this morning. I got out a new package of batting, but on second thought maybe I should check my larger scraps. There might just be pieces that are wide enough. Quilt Club is tonight so I'll take the tops along to show them off....who knows when those babies will decide to be born, even though we hope they wait until at least the middle of September.