Sometimes the questions from Quora can be downright strange. The quote the asker is referring to:
“These achievements are a testament to the courage, selflessness, and teamwork of America’s Armed Forces. At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down, they exceed all expectations. They’re not consumed with personal ambition. They don’t obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together.”
This one’s easy. When you are trying to indoctrinate people into becoming part of the socialist proletariat, you have to be careful with your words? Oh wait, Ayn Rand called and wants her insane philosophy back.
If I say you are consumed with eating pie, that does not mean I’m anti-pie, it means you are eating too much pie. It means you are hurting your health and ignoring your family for the glory of Banana Cream. Gluttony in any form is bad for you, no matter how delicious it is.
Personal ambition, like all good things, must be used in moderation.
See or or or or to realize why all consuming personal ambition can be a detriment.
Also look at or or or or or or or to see how it can be a good thing.
(Not that any of those people or concepts could or should be compared to each other individually, other than to say they all were outcomes of great personal ambition.)
He wasn’t criticizing personal ambition, he was simply stating that one of the things that makes America great is our ability to work together to make things better. This isn’t some subtle promotion of socialism, it’s a way of talking about how awesome things can be accomplished when people team up for a greater purpose. (See Amish barns, Community Service, The Moon Landing, WWII, Democracy, Etc…)
No man is an island. If anything, it was a subtle dig at the banking industry who put self interest ahead of the entire economy. That’s a stretch though.
Personal ambition is great, and you can get really far with it, but $20 says no matter how far you go on your own, there were people along the way who helped.
He wasn’t busting out his communist flag.
He was praising the shared sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.
He’s not a cartoon villain out to destroy America, and the sooner you get that, the more reasonable the discourse can be.