Sunday, November 19, 2006

The Gettysburg Address

This is the easiest post I ever made because I didn't write it! One hundred and forty-three years ago today, Abraham Lincoln stood at the dedication of a new national cemetary on the blood soaked fields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. What he said that day still resonates almost a century and a half later. It also makes one want to weep - to contrast what we had with what we've got. I will offer no closing comment. Mr. Lincoln needs no explanation from the likes of me. It is a wise thing, indeed, not to follow the New York Philharmonic with a harmonica.

Pray for peace.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


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 battle-field 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 all together 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.

Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg, PA
November 19, 1863


With Malice Toward None
by Stephan B. Oates

This is, by far, the best one-volume biography of Lincoln ever written. Highly recommended.

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At 6:21 AM, Blogger jeff said...

Brings tears to my eyes whenever I read that. Perhaps the greatest speech ever.

At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Dr. Rick Lippin said...

Thanks, Tom-Healing words

Maybe reflecting your own healing mood? It doesn't matter. What matters is that you care and work so hard for the bettermen of our nation and the world.

"The cynicism of the poet (writer) is not all pessimism- It is born out of a mighty passion for the redemption of man"

Dr. Rick Lippin

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the kind words, Dr. Blake. You're right, Jeff. Reading the words of Father Abraham can be a very moving experience. Can you imagine the First Fool in that same situation?


Oh, brother!

Tom Degan

At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Such a contrast to the blither the First Blitherer puts out in an effort to sound profound. Empty words from an empty head.Our country has many words to be proud of, "Give me Liberty or give me death" "I have only one life to give for my Country" "Ask not what your country" to name a few. We are at a crossroads today, we can take the recent election and try to heal the wounds inflicted by this administration or we can go on with the rape and pillge committed by the Bush administration and sink further in the morass

At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Blake said...

to compare "W' to Lincoln is an
insult to all who recognized the greatness Lincoln possessed.(I know we diefy the dead to a degree)

My question is how in heavens name did America go sooo off track so as to elect this dangerous imbicile(W) twice!!

I am surely oversimplyfying but I'm certain it correlates to the rise in religiouss fundamentalism both here and abroad

Dr. Rick Lippin

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

We desperately need someone of that calibre today to lead us, also the heal the wounds of the conflict raging now and quite possibly spreading if Bush is not checked in his mad rush to power.Tom, I would not try to imagine Bush in Lincoln's place, I cannot bear to watch the First Draft Dodger as he sanctimoniously lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.I lost an uncle and two cousins as well as several neighbors in WW2, schoolmates in Korea, and had several friends who served HONORABLY in Viet Nam and Bush is an insult to all of them.

At 9:00 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Well put as usual, Wilma! It's hard to believe that Father Abraham even called that place home. It has become nothing more than a glorified whore house. It's disgusts me to even look at a photo of the joint. EEEWWWWWW!!!!

Love and Hisses,
Your double,
Silly Eyes,
In Airplane trouble...

(That's from Bob Dylan's 1966 book, "Tarantual". I couldn't resist!


At 5:27 PM, Blogger sumo said...

It doesn't hurt to be reminded of Lincoln's words on a regular basis. It would be sooo nice if those in power (would, could, should) take heed of those words. They should all have it on a plaque in their offices to be constantly reminded of it. Why do people NOT pay attention to the lessons of the past? I thought that was what history was it is not repeated on humankind again. Some people just don't learn and have no shame or conscience. That leaves us with greed to deal with on sooo many levels. Now there is something to be known for and be proud of as a nation. I'm crabby today...go figure...

At 6:25 AM, Blogger sumo said...

Happy Thanksgiving Tom...

At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Sumo; A wise man, Georges Santayana once wrote "those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it", which is as relevant today as when it was written. The First Failure graduated from Yale with a Bachelors in history. Go figure THAT....

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Blake said...

Stoney and Tom Degan-As progressive bloggers take some credit for what happenned in recent elections. :)

The blogosphere is a sacred space which the Dems need to protect.

Among my many thanks on this day is for you both.

"Keep rantin"

Dr. Rick Lippin

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