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I could never embrace Howard Zinn's peculiar perspective of humanity and history. It is not that my family, my ancestors did not share in the hardships of a life in a new land, but we just looked at it as part of life -- and then worked around it. It would be so much better for the pysche of the nation to put Zinn in the dust bin where he belongs and we began celebrating the tenacity that is necessary for every individual to survive. Stop envying the mythical silver spoon of privilege, and realize that everyone has to chew and swallow on their own. Rewrite our textbooks. Create our own documentaries celebrating American achievement despite hardship. This is reality: some people prefer wallowing in injustice; others see every obstacle as an opportunity -- and who lives a better life for it?