American Legion Magazine: Mike Rowe’s ‘My America’

In my America, there are two kinds of people: those who are willing to get dirty, and those who are not. I prefer to spend my time with those who do. It’s not that I have anything against cleanliness, or bear any ill will to those who toil in cubicles or office building. I’ve just learned over the years that people with dirty jobs are more fun to be around. They also make civilized life possible for the rest of us.

“Our country faces a myriad of challenges but one thing seems certain: the solution will almost certainly involve someone who wasn’t afraid to get their hands dirty. And no one know more about that than the men and women of the U.S Armed Forces.”


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