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Teen-age Girls Set a Good Example for America

Recorded on August 9, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

We can learn a lot from several teen-age girls. All of us can improve our behavior, including the politicians who are behaving so badly.

But in the Olympics our teen-age gymnasts set an example that went far beyond athletic excellence. In winning they were exciting but gracious. Yet when one fell off the balance beam, landed on their bottom after a vault, took a tumble, or stepped out-of-bounds, there were no excuses, no outbursts, no finger-pointing. They accepted responsibility for their own mistakes.

Thank you McKayla, Jordan, Aly, Gabby, and Kyla.

Also a teen swimmer named Missy set an example. So did young Rachel, who wasn't in the Olympics, but stayed polite and courteous while an intolerant customer ridiculed her and her employer on-camera simply for supporting traditional marriage.

These teen-age girls set an example for each and every one of us.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.