153 Years Ago, Yesterday

gettysburg-addressA sick man stood hatless for three hours on a platform in a field, in freezing Pennsylvania, listening to the greatest orator of the age. Then he made a few remarks, that he said few would note, or long remember. Well, those remarks are the greatest speech in American history. From that day forward, they have defined America, to America, and to the world. Often, we don’t live up to them, our greatness is that we try to.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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24 Responses to 153 Years Ago, Yesterday

  1. Yes, surely a quite amazing statement by a great American president! I myself pray that America somehow stays their best historical past!

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  2. the unit says:

    Yes great speech even though shortly afterwards the Democratic-leaning Chicago Tribune called the speech “dishwatery.”
    I was reading some more facts about the ceremony. Lincoln wrote the address himself. It was before Bill Ayers time. Lincoln never said I or me even once. In the only known photograph dark hat man was shown. No man in a white hat was shown. Also in photo was beard man. He obvisously was one of our founding Muslims. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      🙂 🙂 🙂

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  3. the unit says:

    How about this?

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/11/20/reporter_to_obama_will_you_be_like_bush_and_not_criticize_your_successor_obama_i_will_if_necessary.html

    There is a long comment there, but I long for it as related.
    As follows:
    Carlos Deplorable Irredeemable to will ling • 5 hours ago
    ✯✯✯✯✯
    This retrenchment President of ours, this clueless bloke in the Oval Office who’s never demonstrated a decisive command or control of anything his whole life before or after occupying the White House,

    This most colossal failure of a Democrat Party Standard Bearer, will soon replace the Dem standard,

    For the Rainbow Flag, and serve as its Standard Bearer for life.

    As he did in Africa last summer, this President will persist in what he will do the rest of his days:

    Celebrating and championing the ubiquity of homosexuality throughout the world.

    For eight years we’ve endured his conjured narrative, his mendacity so alien to everything American:

    So disparate from the 43 before him, we’ve had not a post-racial, but a post-American President,

    Who has insidiously preyed on the goodness and the decency of ordinary Americans all along in his attempt to ascribe his fundamental transformation to a great and noble people like no other ever,

    –––His fundamental transformation that says our common enemy is our own intolerance as he falsely lectures us on who we are with perversions of our language and revisionist history speaking down to us saying,

    “ Racism is part of our DNA. ”

    ––All of which he speaks is conjured and without American providence, because it is all his alone.

    Tolerance is the last virtue of a once prosperous civilized society gone amok, in decline debased decadent lawless and depraved.

    As throughout history, tyranny’s stage is being set exactly by that very tolerance.

    The great leveler, he equates all with his collectivist creed of sloth and deceit dragging us all down into a morass of mediocrity.

    With a loathsome vernacular, for eight years he has told Americans who are idle or struggling:

    —The only way their lives can better, is to diminish the success of others,

    —That the only way we can make some of us better off is to make some of us worse off.

    How more un-American, divisive, sordid, vile and utterly demonic is pitting Americans against each other, all because of his perverted vision of perceived inequality, his relentless obsession, his daily fixation in seeing unfairness in everything under the sun, seeing all of life through the prism of race.

    His redistributive folly ignores origins, stifles initiative, progress and prosperity, punishes success, progress, and the exceptional,

    Rewards sloth and failure, instigates derision and division, rouses civil strife, heightens disorder and lawlessness, drawing on the basest of human emotions, avarice, jealousy and class envy,

    As he hastens our demise by the loss of our liberty, all our freedoms, life’s voluntary individual choices, one by one incrementally, dragged down compulsive into a life by government ration and eventual tyranny for all of us, an inescapable misery, to where life itself becomes a dispensation of government.

    There’s nothing “ progressive ” about it.

    It is collectivism, pure and simple, and it is indeed regressive.

    We are Americans only so long as we remember what these wise men wrote with prescient wisdom:

    Ben Franklin once said, “ House guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. ”

    To diminishing crowds, this President repeats a shallow spineless collectivist rhetoric of mendacity that after eight long years has gone stale, rancid, whose voice will soon fade out with little more than a whimper, cast high upon the heap of collectivism compost and its long historic failures from time immemorial.

    For his is the same aim, the same ambitious goal:

    To hasten the destruction of human freedom altogether.

    Like every one of the despot central planners before him, he has but one iron shackle governing principle:

    The logic of our own forebears is the enemy, and their truth expressed today is but a menacing nuisance.

    For he has patterned his eight year tenure after every tyrannical dictator who has ever planted squarely upon his own people the ripping imprint of a boot, as on the pages of history, since the beginning of time.

    “ There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation. ”

    ––James Madison.

    He occupies the same White House as the father of our Constitution, James Madison.

    He never knew Madison, but clearly though, Madison did know him.

    “ If ever the time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. ”

    ––Samuel Adams, 1780…

    “ If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen. ”

    We will not accept a fate that is alien to our American heritage.

    We are Americans. He well seems not. The Stars and Stripes Forever. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    Donald Trump knows that our country was built much more by dynamic prudent risk takers on their feet results-oriented in the private sector, than static spendthrift comfortably-seated government committees muddled in process and politics where they build envy, have nothing at risk, and thus nothing to lose.

    Donald Trump is a brash accomplished businessman that maintains high standards at lush addresses in ten states where solvent on-going concerns operate and deliver every day providing regular and recurring payrolls, real growth and wealth creation paying all manner of taxes and fees for decades with prudent efficient solvent solid sound management, results oriented for the long term,

    ––Something so much needed and long overdue in government today.

    The choice was between a nagging 1960s’ leftover hippie become an amoral old hag, bankrupt both moral and fiscal on a round robin carousel to no where,

    And a relentless force of nature, a determined and resolute non-stop carry-no-prisoner freight train campaign to the White House like no other ever.

    Katie bar the door !

    Donald Trump represents a threat, a clear and present danger to that tenacious controlling status quo elite he seeks to shake up, all those on free rides here at home, and with chump trade and security deals abroad for far too long on the back of the American taxpayer,

    Now being revealed at long last by an alternative America-first leadership perspective led by an experienced value and results-oriented businessman with fiscal restraint that is so very much long overdue.

    ––The way it should be before unchartered limitless government grew so behemoth and innately corrupt.

    So maligned and underestimated, Trump may well prove to be the essential political protagonist.

    A strong willed, America-first 70-year old experienced and pragmatic businessman that well embraces our American experience, our Constitution 📜, our heritage and traditions, our providence, our very way of life, can much better unite, be a more effective decisive commander-in-chief and better lead the cause of liberty any day of the week than any of today’s Democrats.

    Born on Flag Day, June 14, he turned 70, older even than Ronald Reagan, becoming the oldest President ever, and with that age comes knowledge, experience, accomplishment and the wisdom of a lifetime.

    For all his faults,

    🇺🇸🇺🇸 😅Donald Trump is a pragmatic leader of Americans, a winner, he always has been.😅 🇺🇸🇺🇸

    He might not recite the Apostle’s Creed by memory but he’ll go to the mat to defend all of us who do

    Let us Make America Honest Again.

    Let us Make America Virtuous Again.

    Let us Make America Faithful Again.

    Let us Make America Productive and Fruitful Again.

    Let us Make America Proud Again of our Heritage and Traditions, our Providence, our Very Way of Life.

    Let us Make America Embrace with Reverence and Conviction our Distinguished and Illustrious Founders.

    Let us Make Americans Governed By Law and Not by Men Again as Written in our Constitution.

    Let us Make America Strong Again, Resilient and Steadfast.

    Let us Make America Safe and Secure Again.

    ––Let us never ever forget our fallen, many so young, that gave the last full measure of devotion for us.––

    Let us Make America Respectful to all the World Again.

    Let us Make America Loyal Again.

    Let us Make America a Beacon for Liberty to All of Mankind Again.

    We desperately need to bring back American Civics classes for all, particularly those seeking to be citizens, to assimilate, for all to be taught as we were taught, to hold high and ever higher, to well define for ourselves and a watchful world what it truly means to be an American citizen,

    ––The tallest, most venerated title of all the world, mankind’s highest conceivable boast ever uttered:

    😅🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 I am an American. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸😅

    From Saint Augustine to Jamestown and Williamsburg, from Plymouth Rock to Philadelphia and Santa Fe,

    Ours is a Judeo-Christian heritage, and not a drop of Islam.

    240 years after her birth, let’s bring about a new American Renaissance, distinguished and illustrious.

    Let us Make America Great Again.

    May God’s grace be with President Elect Donald John Trump of New York

    And with Vice President Elect Michael Richard Pence of Indiana.

    I pray He may well guide them. May He well protect them, their families, their loyal staff, their supporters, and all those brave on security details that well guard them whose genuine sacrifice goes sadly unnoticed far too often.

    And may God’s grace continue to be with America in all the days ahead.

    🇺🇸

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    ⤵︎ Thanks.
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    • NEO says:

      Wow! Well, that’s a bit over the top, we need a leader, not a Messiah. But you know, I basically agree! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Yeah. Quoting you though…”Wait till we really get going.” 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Il nous faut de l’audace, encore de l’audace, toujours de l’audace!

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        • the unit says:

          As Georges Duboeuf said “Je vais boire à cette.” And third week in November is just barely passed. 🙂
          http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/839375.I_ll_Drink_to_That

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        • NEO says:

          Il est cinq heures quelque part.

          My French is even more horrible than I remembered! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I always google a translation anyway. Also have old clock I don’t wind up and leave set for 5 o’clock for such occasions as needed. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Sensible thing to do, I must say! 🙂

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        • I heard the other day an American Anglican (Episcopal) say in a sermon that America was now “Babylon”! And this priest/presbyter claimed to be something of a conservative? Sadly Americans are so divided today! But, I do agree that true conservatism is rare in the whole of the West today! But right now we all can have some hope with the American and British form of “Brexit”. Hopefully more than a glimmer? Time will tell! (I am always a realist, but with some hope, but only in God’s power and providence!)

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        • Indeed I have learned the hard way, and especially as an Irish Brit never to trust politicians! Btw, whatever happened to the true “Statesman”?

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        • NEO says:

          Lincoln, Saulsbury, Churchill, Reagan, and Thatcher are unfortunately, dead.

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        • the unit says:

          Father Robert they’ve undergone and undertaken the transformation, i.e. transformational leadership. Known as community organizers.

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        • I loved this piece from what they call George Washington’s Resignation Speech: As the Revolutionary War drew to a close, there was much speculation that George Washington, then Major General and Commander-in-Chief, would follow in the footsteps of former world leaders by making a grab for supreme power. Some even wished he would do so, hoping he would become the king of a new nation. Yet Washington knew that such a move would wither the fragile beginnings of the new republic. Looking to the Roman general Cincinnatus an exemplar, Washington rejected the temptations of power and resigned his position as Commander-in-Chief. Choosing the right is almost never easy, and as Washington read his speech in front of the Continental Congress, the great statesman trembled so much that he had to hold the parchment with two hands to keep it steady. “The spectators all wept, and there was hardly a member of Congress who did not drop tears. His voice faltered and sunk, and the whole house felt his agitations.” When finished, Washington bolted from the door of the Annapolis State House, mounted his horse, and galloped away into the sunset.

          Indeed where have men like this gone?

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed, he is said to have said, as he fumbled for his glasses, “I have grown almost blind in your service.”

          When King George asked Ambassador John Adams what he would do, Adams told him, “Resign, and go home to his farm.” George then said, “Then he will be the greatest man in the world.”

          Where indeed!

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        • ‘When he created his guidelines for orators, the Roman philosopher Cicero claimed that great speeches should contain three things: technique, substance, and passion. Speakers should use classical techniques that emphasize logic and lyrical rhythm; they should speak with knowledge and moral purpose; and they should be able to project character and emotion when appropriate.’

          Of course I would add, truth, speaking the truth is always a fundamental issue, and of course too, truth is part of the moral purpose!

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        • NEO says:

          Given who he was, Cicero may have assumed that, I think.

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        • Indeed today we have the art of BS, or simply “bullshit”! I even have a wee book: On Bullshit, by Harry G. Frankfurt, a renowned moral philosopher, and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton University. Of course the small book (67 pages) is a caricature or satire of BS’ing! And we have plenty of them today!

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        • Btw someone has said, never assume someone is telling you the truth, but make them prove it. By life, character and morals!

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        • We in the West appear to have lost the test of truth verses error! In Frankfurt’s book he even quotes Augustine on truth and falsehood, from Augustine’s essay on “Lying”. But the real question today is… Do we even care for truth, but delight in the lie, or lying? Ouch!

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        • NEO says:

          That is the question, indeed.

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        • 🙂 Rock On for Truth! In the message and ourselves!

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